Skirt #3 The Jersey A-Line Maxi

I’m watching the Great British Sewing Bee at the moment and feeling very inspired, so cue yet another skirt!  I’ve been dying to make one of these and, after reading a few different tutorials, I combined what I’d learned and had a go.

The skirt falls really well, especially since I cut the material on the cross (a great bit of advice from Mom-in-law Debbie) and it’s dead comfy.  I love how it hugs the flattering bits and kindly skims over the the bits I’d rather hide…! Another skirt that can be teamed with boots and tights in winter and some shiny sandals in summer making it wearable all year round.

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Again, I just used a couple of meters of cheap printed jersey fabric bought on ebay, so I estimate this skirt to have cost about £10 to make, maximum.  (I still have enough left over to make another mini skirt)

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Fancy having a go yourself?  See the tutorial below.

You will need:

  • 2m jersey fabric. (2x Hipsx6.5″, 2x LxHip+5″)
  • Sewing thread.
  • Fabric scissors, pins, sewing machine, tape measure.

Step 1: Measure up

1.  Measure your hip width and hip to desired length.  Job done.  Record these for future reference.

Step 2: Waistband

1.  My preference is a nice chunky waistband.  So, measure and cut out 2 rectangles as wide as your hip width and 6.5″ high.  Cut the fabric so that it stretches across your waist.  If you’re unsure, look closely at the fabric so that the lines in the fabric weave are vertical and hold both sides and give it a good tug to find out which way it stretches.

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2.  Pin these two rectangles together, right sides facing.  Match up your pattern so that it will follow on at the seams.

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3.  Sew up both sides with 1/2″ seams.

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4.  Now take the top of the waistband (one of the raw edge sides) and fold it down over the bottom of the waistband so that you are left with a waistband looking like the image above.  Try on the waistband to check the fit. You may need to take it in a bit depending on how stretchy your fabric is.

5. Once you are happy with the fit, open it up so that it is inside out iron up 1/2 inch on the two open ends then fold waistband in half again.

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Step 3: Skirt

I cut my skirt on the cross, but you don’t have to.  Cutting on the cross means that the grain and stretch of the material sits on the diagonal.  This makes the fabric hang nicely and is very flattering.  Of course, if you are using patterned fabric this will affect the way the pattern lies on the garment, but in my case avoided the unflattering horizontal stripes.  So…now for the tricky bit…

How to cut on the cross:

Lay out your material on a large flat surface (such as the floor) pattern side up.  Fold your material on a diagonal line to form a triangle shape.  Look at that folded edge – it’s a straight line but the grain of the material sits diagonally to it.  This folded edge is now your new vertical line.

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1.  Measure the width of your waistband.  Mark out a pattern as shown below. (You can make a paper pattern if you like but I didn’t bother.  If cutting on the cross use the folded edge as a guide and line your pattern up accordingly)

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Cutting on the cross:

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2. Cut out two of these shapes for your skirt leaving 1″ at the top and bottom and 1/2″ at the sides and for seams.

3. Pin the two pieces together with right sides facing.  Sew along the sides to create a 1/2″ seam using a stretch or zig zag stitch.  Once again try this on to check it fits.  Trim seams and iron flat.

Step 4: Attaching the waistband.

1. Take the waistband and insert the spare inch at the top of your skirt between the folds.  Match up the seams first and pin in place, it should fit perfectly.

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2. Sew in place with a stretch or zig zag stitch.

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Step 5: Hem the bottom.

1. Turn up 1/4″ at the bottom of your skirt and iron in place.

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2. Turn up another 1/4″, pin and sew in place with a stretch or zig zag stitch.

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TADA!!!  You’re done!

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If you want to try something different, check out these skirts too:

So what next…?

Well, in June we have an end of year bash, and I have taken the plunge and bought some fantastic material and a retro 50’s dress pattern to make my own dress.  Not quite sure if I’ve bitten off more than I can…sew, as it were.  I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see…!

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