10
Mar
09

Skirts!

In order to add some variety into my wardrobe, I decided to try to find a few skirts that I could wear for everyday occasions. I looked at a number of different stores, and the skirts were either expensive, the wrong length, didn’t look good on a plus sized person, or all of the above.

Since I studied clothing design in school for a few years, I decided to break through my sewing fear (from an expensive and botched project) and to try a simple skirt. There were a lot of patterns out there that I liked, but they all had techniques that complicated the pattern. I decided, in order to get my sewing mojo back, I would make the simplest skirt I could.
And, it worked. Granted – I haven’t sewn a stitch of it. But the pattern drafting was extremely easy, and cutting it was a cinch. Since clothing can get expensive – and some of us can be picky about the styles we wear – I decided to round up some information that others might be able to use.

Skirts are really, really simple. I would have been done with mine in less than 20 minutes had I decided to do an elastic band waist, but because I am a bit larger I decided to put a zipper in to eliminate bulk.

I mainly used this tutorial here. It went really quick – drafted a quick pattern, folded the fabric like it said, and laid it out and cut it out. With the way the fabric is folded you have a skirt that has no seams in it – in total, it’s one piece of fabric. Put on a waistband/zipper or make a channel for elastic, hem it, and voila – you are done!

I am partial to the circle skirt, but I plan to try other varieties, too. Some sites I have turned up:

Skirts – Free Patterns

Circle Skirt Directions (includes a calculator that you enter your measurements into)

Half Circle Skirt pattern

5 Minute Skirt

Wrap Skirt

The “Oh Wow That Was Totally Easy!” Skirt Making Tutorial

And since I haven’t sewn a zipper in years, I decided to see if there was any tutorials out there that might smooth out the process, since zippers can sometimes be nightmares. I found this absolutely awesome zipper tutorial over at Sew, Mama, Sew! It uses a glue stick in order to hold the zipper still – genius! It makes installing a zipper a lot less scary!

In regards to fabric, you will probably have to guesstimate how much you need for your size. I tend to get 2.5 yards of 60” fabric. And if I find the fabric on clearance, that can mean a really inexpensive skirt! Also, if your fabric contains natural fibers – cotton, etc. – then I would suggest pre-washing the fabric if it is washable, to prevent shrinkage.

Please let me know if you have stumbled on any other great skirt or sewing tutorials out there – I’m always looking for something new to try!

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3 Responses to “Skirts!”


  1. March 10, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    This is a wonderful post, thank you so much! I have really wanted to get into sewing clothes, but have found the patterns expensive, especially when I just want to experiment for right now. Thanks again!

  2. March 11, 2009 at 7:03 am

    you should post pictures! i’d love to wear skirts again, but, like yourself, being plus-sized does make it a bit difficult to find skirts that look okay on my figure. perhaps you should put those up on etsy too. šŸ˜‰

  3. 3 sweetbrista
    March 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    The best DIY site ever is craftster.org. It’s a forum divided into difference craft-sections, and there’s pretty much something there for any crafty thing you could think of. There is a clothing section and a lot of them have tutorials posted along with the pictures of the finished project. There’s a whole section for “curvaceous and plussize”, too.

    As always with just about any crafty-place, some of the stuff is god-awful, made by homeschooling moms with too much Aquanet in their hair and too many calicos in their closets. But it a there’s a lot of variety, so if the first couple posts show sickening florals with lace bib collars, keep looking.

    I would LOVE to be able to make my own clothes. I almost finished a skirt once, but my sizing is so ridiculously off that no matter what, I am never, ever the size that the sizing charts say I am. So I made a skirt that was WAY too big, then I did it freehand and ended up with something way too small. Someday, maybe I’ll get the hang of it…

    Also, there are a lot of communities on Livejournal with tutorials and patterns, but I can’t think of any at the moment! But you might want to look there. And also, Burda often has free patterns…smaller sizing, usually, since they’re European.


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