***I’m doing an A-Line Skirt Mini Series! Read about the Box Pleat Skirt here, and stay tuned for the Delicate Scalloped Skirt!***
I’m excited to share three different A-line Skirt tutorials with you in the next couple months. The best part: they are all just variations of the same skirt pattern! So, once you have your perfect a-line skirt size figured out, the rest is up to your imagination!
I’m kicking off this mini series with a casual-chic floral midi skirt tutorial! This skirt is a very basic A-line yoke skirt with some simple pleats. Learning how to make this will give you the know-how to construct many other A-line skirts and dresses. That is why I’m starting with this one. Enjoy!
- 2 yards of floral fabric (I used this apparel linen)
- Coordinating 7-9″ zipper.
- Coordinating thread
- Small amount of interfacing for yoke (1/4 yard or so)
- A sewing machine
- It’s a 14-step process, but it really goes by pretty fast once you have a pattern!
***In full disclosure, I didn’t take pictures of the floral skirt in the process. I’m kicking myself about that! So I’ve created some graphics that I hope help you and I’m throwing in a few pics from the stripe skirt too. Please, ask me any questions if you’re still not sure what to do!!!
Step 1: Start by measuring for a yoke that will fit you perfectly, that is the key to a great A-line skirt.
Step 2: Next cut out the pattern pieces from large pattern or craft paper. (see the pattern graphic below for measuring a guide)
- You will be glad you made a pattern so that you can cut the pieces more evenly and save it for the next skirt!!!)
- Just to ensure a good fit, either pin two yoke pieces together around your waist or sew a yoke from scrap fabric on one side to check the fit. I say this, because the first one I did was from a pattern that was supposedly “my size” but ended up being way too big and I had to adjust it after the skirt was attached. Not Cool!
- Make sure to mark you pattern and fold you fabric in half (hot dog style) to cut the 2 large skirt pieces.
- Then with the remaining cut out the 4 yoke pieces on the fold again.
- Last, if your fabric is light weight, it’s best to cut two yoke pieces of fusible interfacing for a stabilizer.
Step 12: Fold the newly attached yoke (the outside facing one right now) inside the skirt. Understitch if desired to keep it in place.
Step 13: You can either hand stitch the bottom of the inside yoke in place or you can uses the stitch-in-the-ditch technique on your machine (here’s a good tutorial). I hand stitched this one and did the stitch-in-the-ditch technique for the other two.
Step 14: Hem to desired length (I did a hand blind hem, but you could machine hem it too). I went for a midi length on this skirt and I love it!!!
YOU’RE DONE! Doesn’t that feel amazing?!? I love accomplishing something so fabulous in so short of time.
Check back for the Box Pleat and the Scalloped Hem tutorials soon!!