OK. It’s go time. Today I’m going to walk you through how to take your own measurements (dead easy) and how to turn those into a skirt pattern (surprisingly easy too).
Please don’t be put off by making your own pattern. It is the easiest thing to do. If you can use a measuring tape, a pencil and a very tiny bit of primary school math, you can make this pattern.
Keen to flex your skills? Check out all the posts in the Total Beginner's Guide to Sewing a DIY Skirt series: The pattern Cutting your fabric Easy pockets Sewing up Adding pleats and a simple waistbandPerfect zipper in 8 steps The easy 3 step hem
The total beginner’s guide to making a skirt pattern
Part 1: take your measurements
1. Measure around your waist around where you’d like the skirt to sit. My waist is 80cm.
2. Measure from your waist down to your feet, stopping where you’d like the skirt to fall. I wanted my skirt to fall just below my knee, so the length for my skirt is 55cm (man, I’m short).
3. Now you should have 2 measurements: one for your waist and one for your length.
Part 2: make the pattern
Now to make the pattern. Stay with me on this, I promise it’s easy.
1. Start with a large, wide piece of paper. Wrapping paper works well. Lots of newspapers taped together to form a large piece also works well.
2. Make sure that at least two sides are dead straight.
3. Take your waist measurement from earlier and divide by 4. So my waist measurement (80 cm) divided by 4 will be 20 cm. This measure will form the top arc of our pattern (the waist of our skirt).
4. With a tape measurer and a pencil sketch out the arc. I held one end of the tape measured at the corner of the paper (where the two straight sides of the paper were) and slowly pivoted the tape measurer around to sketch out the arc.
5. Now for the bottom arc of our skirt. Take the length you measured earlier (mine is 55 cm) and add that to the measure you just used to sketch the top arc – your waist divided by four. This will give you the measure for the bottom arc of your skirt. So mine is 55 cm (length) + 20 cm (waist divided by 4) = 75 cm.
So here is what it should like at the end…
And this is what my pattern looks like, using my measurements to create the pattern. Cut it out and away you go!