Tayla side gathered skirt – Free PDF sewing pattern

Tayla side gathered skirt - Free PDF sewing pattern

Tayla skirt is a vintage-inspired design which features a below the knee length and side gathered panels. It is romantic, elegant, and goes well with a blouse or a simple top.

Let’s have a look at the detail of this design:

Tayla side gathered skirt - Free PDF sewing pattern
Tayla side gathered skirt - Free PDF sewing pattern
Tayla side gathered skirt - Free PDF sewing pattern
Tayla side gathered skirt - Free PDF sewing pattern
Tayla side gathered skirt - Free PDF sewing pattern
Tayla side gathered skirt - Free PDF sewing pattern
Tayla side gathered skirt - Free PDF sewing pattern

Tiana’s Closet sewing patterns are made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: 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.

My patterns are now made in both A4/Letter paper and A0 paper format so you can print at home or at any print shop!

For home printers, you can print this using your home printer and either A4 or 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. I was informed by a reader that you can also print the pdf as image to get the right scale, however I never tested it on my computer.


You will need:

  • Fabric of your choice. This pattern is intended for WOVEN fabric.
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
  • Printed pattern

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:

Tayla side gathered skirt free PDF sewing pattern

All my patterns already include 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance. Just cut the pattern pieces as is and use a 1cm seam allowance when you sew.

The fabric will be cut into following pieces:

  • Front Skirt: cut 1 piece on the fold
  • Back Skirt: cut 2 mirrored pieces
  • Side Skirt: cut 2 pieces on the fold
  • Front Waistband: cut 2 pieces main fabric + 1 piece fusible interfacing
  • Back Waistband: cut 4 pieces main fabric + 2 pieces fusible interfacing (into mirrored pairs)

Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin the pattern pieces to the fabric to secure them in place. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the fabric pieces along the outer lines of the pattern. Take your time to ensure precise and clean cuts, as this will affect the fit and overall appearance of your garment.

Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats, draw marks etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.

Sewing instruction

1. Sew the Front and Back Skirt

– Place Front Skirt and one Back Skirt right sides together, pin and sew the side seam.

– Repeat with the other side.

2. Gather the top edge of the Side Skirt

Video tutorial on how to gather fabric: https://tianascloset.com/index.php/2023/08/31/how-to-gather-fabric/

– Measure the part at the side of the skirt, from the corner at the front to the corner at the back, across the side seam.

– Gather the top edge of the Side Skirt to match the measurement you just got.

3. Attach the Side Skirt

– Pin the Side Skirt to the main garment, matching the straight edge with the vertical edge on the Front and Back skirt, and the gathered top edge with the horizontal line on the side of the main garment.

– Sew the Side Skirt to the main garment, pivot fabric when you come to the corner.

4. Sew Waistband

– Apply fusible interfacing to the waistband pieces. The interfaced pieces will be the one on the inside of the garment.

– Place Front Waistband and Back Waistband right sides together, sew the side seam. Repeat with the other side. Repeat with the other pieces to get both Waistband pieces.

– Place two Waistband pieces right sides facing, pin and sew the top edge of the Waistband. Press seam allowance and staystitch it to the interfaced side.

5. Attach Waistband to main garment

– Place the not-interfaced side of the waistband and main garment right sides together. Match the waist seam and side seams. Pin and sew to attach.

6. Install invisible zipper to the main garment

Video tutorial: https://tianascloset.com/index.php/2023/05/26/how-to-sew-invisible-zippers/

7. Finish zipper end

Video tutorial: https://tianascloset.com/index.php/2023/12/31/how-to-finish-invisible-zipper-end-on-a-garment-with-facing/

– Fold the seam allowance of the interfaced waistband side to the wrong side and stitch in the ditch to finish the waistband.

8. Hem the skirt

– Fold the hem allowance to the wrong side of skirt and topstitch to finish.

This is the download link:



To download just click on the link above and choose “Save link as”. The PDF file will be downloaded to your device. An advertisement may pop up, just close it and continue with your download. In case some ads attempt to make you enter your personal info, just ignore and close it. I do NOT require any kind of information to download my pattern files.

Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns or tag me on Instagram #tianasclosetsewingpatterns, I will be thrilled to see the garment in real life!

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