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Hi there, it’s been a long time. I have been quite busy with my small online business – setting it up and running it take almost all of my time, and I am surprised at myself for being able to handle such workload.
Now I have some time for myself after the shopping season – customers are taking a break now and I finally got free time for my biggest passion in life – creating sewing patterns! And look what I got as a new year present for you: the Angie paneled trumpet skirt!
This skirt design was inspired by a vintage look I saw on Pinterest when surfing for ideas, unfortunately I did not save the photo to show you. I decided that I had to make it – because it just flatters the body. The one who was wearing it was a plus size lady – and it totally made her a head-turner! Make it with soft flowy fabric, and you will have lots of fun walking on the street with this baby!
Let’s have a look at the 3D simulation of the Angie skirt:
I have some example of fabric pattern choice for you to imagine how it will turn out with different colors and prints.
The Angie paneled trumpet skirt is created in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, which means even if you are skinny or chubby, you can find one that fits you best!
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the instruction here.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
HOW TO SEW THE ANGIE PANELED TRUMPET SKIRT
The Angie paneled trumpet skirt will be a bit tricky to sew – especially for beginners who are not used to sewing invisible zippers – but it will worth the effort!
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Some interfacing
- Invisible zipper
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? You may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
Fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Center Front: 1 pc – cut on fold (make sure to fold the fabric before cutting)
- Side Front: 2 pcs
- Center Back: 2 pc
- Side Back: 2 pcs
- Front Waistband: 1 pc main fabric + 1 pc fusible interfacing
- Back Waistband: 2 pcs main fabric + 2 pcs fusible interfacing
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as pleats etc. from the pattern piece onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge the fabric to prevent fraying. If you use non fraying fabric (like fleece), you can skip this step.
2. Lay the Center Front and Side Front right side facing, match the notches. Pin and sew. Repeat this step with the other Side Front piece. You will get the Front Skirt piece.
3. Lay one Center Back piece with one Side Back piece, match the notches. Pin and sew. Repeat this step with the other Center Back and Side Back pieces. You will get 2 Back Skirt pieces.
4. Lay the Front Skirt piece with one Back Skirt piece right side facing, match the notches. Pin and sew the side seam. Repeat this step with the other Back Skirt piece. Now all panels are sewn into one piece.
5. Apply fusible interfacing to the wrong side of Front Waistband and Back Waistband. You can cut the fusible interfacing along the sewing line so that the interfacing piece will be smaller than the main fabric piece – this helps to prevent additional bulk at the side seam when sewing.
6. Place the two pieces of the Front Waistband pieces right side facing. Pin and sew along the upper edge of the waistband. Top stitch the seam toward the inside piece of the waistband. Repeat with the Back Waistband.
7. Place Front Waistband and Back Waistband right side facing at the side seam. Pin and sew to get the Waistband piece.
8. Lay the outside part of the waistband and the main skirt right side facing. Pin to match all the seams and notches. Sew to join the skirt.
9. Apply invisible zipper at the back of the skirt. I will have an article on how to insert invisible zipper to a skirt so you can follow more easily.
10. Finish the waistband by using stitch in the ditch technique or by hand.
11. Hem the skirt.
And here is the download link: