Nadine vintage style skirt – free PDF sewing pattern

nadine skirt free pdf sewing pattern

I am introducing this pattern for a vintage skirt design. It comes with a yoke detail and a gathered flared silhouette. It falls right below the knee for a modest and elegant look. This skirt goes well with cardigan and soft knit top part.

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. SIZE GUIDE

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
  • Some buttons
  • Some fusible interfacing (light to medium weight)
  • 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 meant for woven fabric. Opt for thin, soft flowing fabric for a romantic feel.

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.

Cutting instruction:

After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:

Nadine skirt

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 Waistband: cut 4 pieces self fabric + 2 pieces fusible interfacing
  • Back Waistband: cut 2 pieces self fabric + 1 piece fusible interfacing
  • Front Skirt Yoke: cut 2 pieces
  • Back Skirt Yoke: cut 1 piece on the fold
  • Front Skirt: cut 2 pieces
  • Back Skirt: cut 1 piece
  • Button Stand: cut 2 pieces

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. It is extremely important in this case as the princess seam requires a lot of attention.

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.

2. Apply fusible interfacing to the waistband pieces.

3. Sew two parallel lines using longest stitch length ¼ and 1/3 inch from the top edge of the Front Skirt and Back Skirt pieces. Pull the lower threads to gather the Skirt Pieces so that they will match the lower edge of the Front Skirt Yoke and Back Skirt Yoke respectively.

4. Place the Front Skirt and Front Skirt Yoke right side facing. Pin and sew to join to get the Front Skirt. Do the same with the other pair of Front Skirt and the Back Skirt.

5. Place the Front Skirt and Back Skirt right side facing. Pin and sew the side seams. You will get the Main Garment.

6. Place a pair of Front Waistband and Back Waistband right side facing. Sew the side seam. Repeat with the other side. You will get 2 pieces of Waistband.

7. Place the two pieces of Waistband right side facing. Match the side seam and pin the top part of the Waistband together. Sew the top part of the Waistband. Turn it over and staystitch the seam allowance to the piece with applied fusible interfacing. Turn the Waistband right side out and iron it.

8. Place the Main Garment and the Waistband right side facing. Pin and sew to join the Waistband to the Main Garment. You can hand sew or use stitch in the ditch technique to hide the raw edges in between the two flaps of the waistband.

9. Fold the Button Stand in half and iron it, also iron the seam allowance. Place the right side of the Button Stand facing the wrong side of the center front of the skirt. Pin and sew to attach the Button Stand to the Main Garment. Staystitch the seam allowance to the Button Stand.

10. Turn the Button Stand and fold it over to the right side of the main garment. Carefully match the folded edge of the Button Stand and the sewn line on the wrong side. Pin and sew to secure the Button Stand to the skirt. Repeat with the other side of the center front seam.

11. Use button making function on your home sewing machine to make buttonholes on one Button Stand and attach buttons to the other one.

12. Hem the skirt.

And here is the download link:


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