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Fall season is around the corner and it is time for adding a layer to your summer outfit. The weather is changing so fast during the day here in Vancouver, and I think it is much better to wear layers so that I can take one off whenever it gets hot – and put one on when it is cloudy and cold. One of the best piece of clothing for layering is mini skirt. You can easily mix this versatile item with t shirt, cardigan, oversized sweater, blazer, tights, sneakers or boots. You will have like dozens of outfits just by matching a mini skirt with different items.
I am sharing today a simple mini skirt design – the Mandy flounce hem skirt. It features a high waist and a flared hem, which flatters your figure so well and is easy to combine with other pieces of garment.
Now let’s see the 3D simulation for this beautiful top, maybe you can find some idea for your next project:
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. You can also lengthen or shorten the hemline to get your desired length – you can even make a dress from this pattern.
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 MANDY FLOUNCE HEM MINI SKIRT
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Zipper (invisible or exposed)
- Some fusible interfacing
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
What fabric can be used for this project? This design is made for woven fabric, you can choose whichever fabric you like, from the thick and heavy jacquard or tweed, to thin and soft silk fabric. You may need to add a layer of lining if you choose thin, see-through fabric.
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, 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:
- Front Skirt: 1 piece on the fold
- Back Skirt: 2 pieces
- Front Skirt Facing: 1 piece self fabric + 1 piece fusible interfacing (cut on the fold)
- Back Skirt Facing: 2 pieces self fabric + 2 pieces fusible interfacing
- Flounce Hem: 2 pieces cut on the fold
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts 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, you can skip this step.
2. Pin and sew the darts on the Front Skirt and Back Skirt.
3. Place Front Skirt and one Flounce Hem piece right side facing. Pin and sew to attach the flounce to the skirt.
4. Attach zipper to the Back Skirt.
5. Place the remaining Flounce Hem piece and the Back Skirt (with the zipper closed) right side facing. Pin and sew to join the flounce to the skirt.
6. Place the joined Front Skirt and Back Skirt right side facing. Pin and sew the side seams of the skirt.
7. Apply fusible interfacing to the Front Skirt Facing and Back Skirt Facing.
8. Place the Front Skirt Facing and Back Skirt Facing right side facing. Pin and sew the side seams.
9. Place the joined facing piece with the main garment. Pin along the waistline, make sure all seams match. Sew to attach the facing to the garment. Turn the facing inside out and staystitch the seam allowance toward the facing piece.
10. Hand sew to make sure the facing stay inside the skirt and will not turn over.
11. Hem the skirt.
What do you think about it? A super fast and easy fail-proof project, right? And here is the download link:
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns