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I am introducing a new skirt design that is so suitable for the chilly fall weather. The midi length covers your feet and mermaid silhouette flatters your figure. You can mix it with a loose sweater or cardigan and be an elegant lady in the romantic fall time.
Let’s look at it in 3D simulation:
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 maxi skirt 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 printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.
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.
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Invisible zipper
- Fusible interfacing (medium weight) for waistband
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
What fabric can be used for this project? This design is made for woven fabric, but you can make it with stretch fabric. Go down 1 size for better fit.
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.
For this pattern, you will need to use a sewing machine that has the function to sew stretch fabric (zig zag stitch for example), or use a serger which is designed to sew stretch fabric nicely.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get following pieces:
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: cut 1 pc on the fold
- Back: cut 2 pcs
- Front Waistband: 2 pcs self fabric + 1 pc fusible interfacing
- Back Waistband: 4 pcs self fabric + 2 pcs fusible interfacing
- Front Ruffle: 1 pc on the fold
- Back Ruffle: 1 pc on the fold
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.
2. Apply fusible interfacing on Front Waistband and Back Waistband.
3. Fold and sew back waist darts.
4. Place two Back Skirt pieces right side facing, sew from the lower end toward the notch at the middle of the side seam.
5. Place the Back Ruffle and Back Skirt right side facing. Pin and sew to join. Repeat with the Front Skirt and Front Ruffle.
6. Place Front Skirt and Back Skirt right side facing, matching the side. Pin and sew the side seams to get the main garment.
7. Place Front Waistband and Back Waistband right side facing, sew the side seams. You will get 2 pieces of waistband.
8. Place the pair of waistband right side facing, matching the center and side seam, sew the top side of the waistband. Stay stitch the seam allowance toward the flap which will be on the inside of the skirt.
9. Place the outside flap of the waistband and the main garment right side facing, matching the center notches and side seams. Pin and sew to join the waistband to the main garment.
10. Attach invisible zipper to the back of the skirt.
11. Fold the other flap of the waistband inside, hand sew or use stitch-in-the-ditch technique to finish the waistband of the skirt.
12. Hem the skirt.
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