How to Make a Pattern for a Denim Skirt

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How to Make a Pattern for a Denim Skirt
A denim skirt will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The denim skirt is a versatile piece of clothing that can add depth to any wardrobe. A denim skirt straddles the border between dressing down in blue jeans and dressing up in an elegant skirt. For the person who likes to create fashion at home, making an original pattern for a denim skirt can be a satisfying project.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Tissue paper
  • Pencil
  • Yardstick or measuring tape
  • Denim fabric, about 3 yards
  • Matching coloured thread, dark blue or black
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • 7 - 10-inch zipper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take your waist and hip measurements. Divide the waist measurement by six and draw a line in the centre of one of the shorter ends of the tissue paper. For example, if your waist measurement is 36 inches, draw a line that is 36 /6 = 6 inches long. Lightly draw a line perpendicular to this one, extending across the paper.

  2. 2

    Draw a second line, perpendicular to the first line starting at the centre of the first line and extending for the length desired for the finished length of the skirt. Add 3 inches to the length for the hem.

  3. 3

    Draw another line, perpendicular to the first line drawn using the waist measurement. Draw this line 8 inches below the first line and make it 1/6 the length of your hip measurement. For example, if your hip measurement was 48 inches, the hip line will be drawn 48 / 6 = 8 inches long.

  4. 4

    Draw a straight line to connect one of the ends of the waist line to one of the ends of the hip line on the same side of the skirt and extend this line until it meets the extended line that was drawn in Step 2 at the desired length for the finished length of the skirt plus 3 inches. For example, if the desired finished length for the skirt is 25 inches, the length of the connecting line will be 25 + 3 = 28 inches.

  5. 5

    Draw another straight line connecting the other end of the waist line to the other end of the hip line on the opposite side of the skirt section also ending at the perpendicular line at the edge of the skirt.

  6. 6

    Mark a spot 1/4 inch below the waist line on one of the lines on the side of the section. Draw a slightly curved line starting at this point and curving up to meet the point where the waist line meets the side line on the opposite side to form a curve for the waistline.

  7. 7

    Mark two spots 1/4 inch up from the line at the bottom edge of the skirt section on each side line. Draw a slightly curved line connecting these two points and the centre of the line where it meets the perpendicular line. Add 1/2 inch on each side of the skirt for seam allowance.

  8. 8

    Draw a long rectangle that is 3 inches wide by the length of your waist measurement plus 1 1/2 inches for overlap for the waist band. Trace around the outline of this section with a black marker and label this piece, "Waistband Section, cut one piece".

  9. 9

    Trace around all outside lines of the skirt section with a black marker. Cut around the outside of this black line. Label this pattern piece, "Skirt Section, cut six pieces".

Tips and warnings

  • This pattern makes a six-paneled skirt. If prefer a four-paneled skirt, divide the waist and hip measurements by four instead of six.

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