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how to sew a skirt in minutes

April 30, 2016

Join Nicky Sherwood as she learns how to sew a skirt – with simple ribbon tie waist at Rowan Tree Studio  (listed in our directory here)

Housed in a converted stone barn, the bright and airy studio Rowan Tree Studio space is filled with fabrics, trims and a collection of vintage sewing machines – a crafter’s treasure trove – making it impossible not to feel inspired as soon as you walk through the door.

Sarah keeps course numbers small to ensure personal attention, and my fellow dressmaking student was another mum of small children so the three of us instantly hit it off.

Our projects for the two days were to be a simple skirt, a pair of pyjama bottoms, and finally a shift dress. First up was a simple cotton skirt with ribbon tied waist where Sarah demonstrated that it is possible to create a stylish and wearable garment using a very simple pattern and basic sewing skills. Once you’ve mastered how to sew a skirt this way, it’s a technique you can apply to all sorts of different fabrics and looks.

how to sew a skirt with simple ribbon tie waist

Having measured ourselves, Sarah showed us how to create a pattern and cut out the fabric using a rotary cutter (a revelation in itself – I will never use scissors again!). We allowed our waist measurements plus some extra, depending on how gathered we wanted our finished skirts to be.

how to sew a skirt using a simple ribbon drawstring waist and pretty cotton print. Click through for some easy ideas you'll love

First off, is sewing the fabric into a tube shape (making sure it fits over your hips before you do) with just a simple seam.  Then fold the top over to create a drawstring waistline, and thread through a contrasting satin ribbon for a soft and comfortable fit.

Last stage is to sew the hem to the length you want. It really couldn’t be easier!

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Some more inspiration for simple and beautiful skirts to make

I adore the clean, simple lines of the designs in this beautiful patterns book by Naomi Ito

nani iro sewing studio book with patterns by Naomi Ito

This timeless and simple to make skirt pattern is one of the 18 sewing projects.

simple skirt sewing pattern nano iro sewing studio

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easy wrap around skirt sewing pattern with no zips - pretty and great for beginners PDF pattern #sewing #pattern #skirt

What’s great about this simple wrap around skirt pattern is that there’s no zip to contend with – so it’s perfect for beginners. A full circle, it’s designed with a vintage feel and can be tied at the front or back. BUY THE PDF PATTERN ON ETSY HERE: 

simple strappy summer dress sewing pattern PDF

I know I’m supposed to be sticking to skirt patterns, but I couldn’t resist sharing this cute Summer in London strappy summer dress pattern by Seasons of East. It’s a PDF download and is suitable for intermediate level sewers and above and comes in UK sizes 8-20. BUY THE SUMMER IN LONDON DRESS PATTERN ON ETSY HERE >>

Simple gathered skirt pattern

simple gathered midi skirt sewing pattern

Available as a PDF or paper pattern, the Amy skirt by Afternoon Patterns is easy to make and great for beginners. 

BUY THE PDF PATTERN ON ETSY HERE >>

BUY THE PAPER PATTERN ON ETSY HERE >>

Whilst we’re on the subject of fab Edinburgh-based indie pattern makers Afternoon Patterns, I thought you might like these simple to make tailored Fern shorts too…

simple shorts sewing pattern women

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Merchant & Mills beautiful simplicity

Love this Saltmarsh skirt from the Merchant & Mills Workbook too

love this saltmarsh skirt pattern by merchant and mills. Click through for more skirt making ideas you'l lovemerchant and mills workbook

The Great British Sewing Bee is one of my favourite programmes to watch on TV – and now there’s a wonderful new book to accompany the sixth series. It’s all about creating Sustainable Style, with 27 sewing projects and patterns for sewers of all levels as well as lots of expert tips. There’s a guide that de-mystifies the fitting process and expert tips on making alterations and transformations, recycling old clothes, using up fabric scraps and making repairs. A real must-read for anyone committed to sustainable dress-making and sewing. 

There are three great skirt projects included: Midi wrap skirt, Mini Scrap skirt and Pinafore skirt transformation.

great british sewing bee sustainable style book and sewing patterns

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Tilly and the Buttons and Collette patterns

For sewing patterns, it’s hard to beat Tilly & the Buttons. Love this Dominique skirt pattern design – so wearable and useful. The sort of skirt you’d love for years and years. Would be lovely made in dark denim or a simple stripe linen don’t you think?

tilly and the buttons dominique easy skirt sewing pattern

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BUY THE DIGITAL PDF DOWNLOAD PATTERN HERE >>

Another great place for inspiration is Vanessa Pouzet

Love this very french and chic midi skirt:

love this chic french midi skirt pattern by vanessa pouzet. Click through to find out how to make it yourself as well as discover other great skirt patterns and DIY tutorials you'll love to make and wear

And this has to be the perfect femme fatale pencil skirt. The zip scares me slightly, but the effect is amazing isn’t it?

love this white pencil skirt with zip sewing pattern by vanessa pouzet. Click through to find out how to make this and other easy to make and beautiful skirts you'll love to wear

And how great is this idea for wearing tulle in the snowy depths of winter? It’s by Cotton + Curls and there’s a really easy to follow step by step DIY tutorial here >>

love this winter white tulle skirt teamed with grey jumper to wear at christmas and even in the snow... click through for simple step by step DIY tutorial to make this yourself as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

Also love these other skirt tutorials by Cotton + Curls:  15 minute green lace skirt (with helpful video tutorial)

love this green lace skirt step by step sewing pattern tutorial by cotton and curls.Click through for easy to follow steps and video tutorial to make one yourself. as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

and red wraparound skirt:

love this diy red maxi skirt by cotton and curls. Click through for easy to follow steps and video tutorial to make one yourself. as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

This sheer gathered low high tapered skirt is great too…

love this sheer gathered tapered high to low white skirt step by step sewing pattern tutorial by cotton and curls.Click through for easy to follow steps and video tutorial to make one yourself. as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

And how pretty is this modern pleated lace skirt?

love this modern pleated white lace skirt step by step sewing pattern tutorial by cotton and curls.Click through for easy to follow steps and video tutorial to make one yourself. as well as other great ideas for skirts to sew in minutes

Another great source of creative sewing ideas is Ada Spragg. Love these simple to make skirt ideas by Ida – get her tips and ideas on how she made them by clicking through.

Love this sporty luxe skirt – although slightly worried about the title ‘skirt of a thousand pleats…!’ If you’re handier with a sewing machine than me, this could be a great addition to your wardrobe. It’s based on this pattern by Burda

love this pleated sporty luxe skirt by Ada Spragg. Click through to get simple to follow DIY step by step tutorial to make one yourself as well as lots of other beautiful and easy to make skirt ideas you'll love to make and wear

 

And for simple, classic skirts, this from Just Patterns

love this pleated Stephanie skirt pattern by Just Patterns. Click through for more details and to discover other simple and beautiful skirt DIY projects you'll love to make and wear

And this wonderful free pattern: Wool Wrap Skirt pattern by Purl Soho

love this grey wool wrap skirt made with a pattern by Purl Soho. Click through to find out how to make this and other easy to make and beautiful skirts you'll love to wear

Another great resource I wanted to share with you is The Assembly Line. This three pleat skirt pattern is available as a paper pattern here or if you prefer, as a digital pattern here

three pleat skirt sewing pattern by the assembly line. Click through to find out where to get this pattern as well as other great skirt sewing ideas and simple step by step DIY tutorial to making a basic skirt in minutes. #sewing #patterns #skirt #diy #tutorials #frombritainwithlove

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