To give you an illustration of how easy it is to make a
pattern, let's make a 6-gore skirt. For the example, we'll use a waist
measurement of 30 inches, hip 42 inches and skirt length of 30 inches.
Remember, when you make the skirt for yourself you simply use YOUR waist, hip,
and skirt length measurements instead of these sample ones.
A. Begin by making a "T" - top of the
"T" is equal to your waist measurement divided by 6. The sample
has a waist of 30", so divide 30" by 6 to equal 5". The
vertical line (drawn from the center of the top line) is the skirt
length, and our sample is 30".
B. The hipline is normally 8" below the waist, so
at that point you'll make a horizontal like equal to hip divided by 6 +
1/4". Our sample hip measurement is 42", so the horizontal line
is 7 plus 1/4 or 7 1/4".
C. With a straight yardstick, draw in the outside lines
of the skirt, connecting the waist to hip to the bottom and draw in the bottom
D. At the top center of the "T" measure down
1/4" and make the slight waistline curve. The outside edges of the
bottom are measured up 1/4" each and the slight hemline curve drawn.
E. Make your waistband to equal your waist measurement
plus 1 1/2", and the width is 2 1/2" (your finished waistband will be
1 1/4" wide).
Remember you have not allowed for seams yet, so after
making the skirt pattern, mark the 5/8" seam allowance all around and a
3" hem. The seam allowance will be drawn around the skirt as well as
the waistband. Also, remember you will need to cut 6 of the skirt pieces,
since it is a 6-gore skirt. The vertical center line of the pattern will
be used as the "straight grain" line, when placing the pattern on the
You can draw your skirt pattern on grocery bags that have
been cut open, or on newspapers, or you can get regular pattern paper from http://SewWithSarah.com
We hope you've enjoyed this free class, and can see how well
the pattern fits, since you've used your OWN measurements, and not a
"standard" set of measurements that the pattern companies use.
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instructions and diagrams on making all styles of skirts and culottes, simply
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