How to Make a Draped Skirt That Is Long

Updated July 20, 2017

A draped skirt is a type of a skirt with ruffles that go down it. It is a popular, flattering, easy-to-make fashion item that can be made at any length to suit your preference. It is often quite short, but for this tutorial, a long draped skirt will be made.

Using a bodycon skirt that fits you as a template, cut the fabric you want to use for your draped skirt. A bodycon skirt is a kind of tight-fitting skirt that is usually made out of a stretchy material. Measure the circumference of the skirt, leaving 1 inch for the seam and cutting your fabric to this circumference. For the length, measure using the tape measure where you want the skirt to fall to on your legs. Measure this distance from your waistline. Cut the fabric to this length. For a long, floor-length skirt, measure the distance from your waistline to the floor.

Cut out wide strips of fabric measuring 10 inches in length and 4 inches in width. The number of pieces you cut will depend on the length of your skirt and should always be in multiples of 4. For an ankle-length skirt, 24 pieces will be enough. Divide the strips into pairs and sew each pair so that they form a tube. Do this by placing two strips on top of each other so that they align, then sew a 1/4 inch seam along the length of the strip.

Cross two tubes in order to make them have a draping effect. Do this by placing one tube on top of the other. Fold one end of the bottom tube over the top tube so that it touches its other end. Do this to the other tube. They should appear to interlock. Do this to all your tubes. You should end up with 3 "tube crosses." The skirt will be made up of these ruffles.

Place the interlocking tubes that you have just made in a row. These will be put on your skirt so that they are perpendicular to the direction of your legs when you wear the skirt. These tubes should stretch so that the "nterlocking" parts of all the tubes run down the centre of the skirt.

Sew the interlocking tubes into place so that they will not fall off the skirt.

Sew the two ends of the main skirt fabric together so that they form your skirt.


Any kind of fabric can be used for this kind of skirt, but for a beginner making the skirt, cotton is recommended since it will not stretch.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric (whatever type you want to use)
  • Bodycon skirt
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric scissors
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