Make your own custom elastic-waist a-line skirt pattern using this fully-illustrated book as your guide!
The project is suitable for beginners. If you can sew a straight line and do a little basic math, then you can do this!
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
1 1/2 yards quilting cotton
large sheet (or roll) of tracing paper or newsprint paper
tape measure (optional)
washout cloth marker
thread to coordinate with the sheet
1/2-inch or 1/4-inch elastic to fit comfortably around your waist
More than just a simple sewing pattern, this ebook is like a mini-class. Each topic includes step-by-step instructions and photos where appropriate.
You will learn:
How to use your measurements to draft a custom-fit skirt pattern
How to cut the fabric and sew it into a skirt shape
How to sew a hem
How to make an elastic casing
How to adjust the pattern for a closer fit, or a less-pronounced “A” shape.
How to determine the proper length of elastic
Whenever I get my hands on a few yards of a pretty cotton print, I make a skirt. My go-to skirt pattern is one that I drafted myself, using my own measurements as a starting point. Using this pattern always results in an elastic-waist A-line skirt, made to fit my own particular curves.
After you have completed the simple steps in this book, you will have a custom-made pattern and a skirt sewn from it that fits *your* own particular curves. The paper pattern can be used over and over again to make as many skirts as your fabric stash allows.
The simplicity of the Easy A-Line Skirt makes it easy enough for a beginner, as well as the perfect blank canvas. Let an exciting fabric shine on its own as I’ve done here, or dip into your creative reserves and come up with ways to embellish a more subdued fabric with embroidery, buttons, ribbons, and trims.
Lisa Clarke is a polymer clay artist turned fiber addict. She can often be found on her blog, Polka Dot Cottage, writing about her adventures in polymer, fabric, yarn, photography, and everyday life. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two sons, and entirely too many craft supplies.