The total beginner's guide to making a DIY skirt. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to make a DIY skirt pattern using your very own measurements | Randomly Happy

The total beginner’s guide to sewing a DIY skirt | the pattern

The total beginner's guide to making a skirt pattern. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to make a DIY skirt pattern using your very own measurements | Randomly Happy

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).

Beginner's guide to making a skirt patternThe total beginner's guide to making a skirt pattern. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to make a DIY skirt pattern using your very own measurements | Randomly Happy

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 aΒ veryΒ tinyΒ 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.

Beginner's guide to making a skirt pattern

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…

The total beginner's guide to making a skirt pattern. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to make a DIY skirt pattern using your very own measurements | Randomly Happy

And this is what my pattern looks like, using my measurements to create the pattern. Cut it out and away you go!

The total beginner's guide to making a skirt pattern. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to make a DIY skirt pattern using your very own measurements | Randomly Happy

  1. Reply
    Brewed Together

    Love this! Glad to find a great sewing blogger/resource as well! New followers here! Have a wonderful week! Xo, M&K at BT

  2. Reply
    Liz Yoon

    What a fun project! I have a sewing machine but have no idea how to use it!
    πŸ™‚ Liz @ rusticpeach.com

  3. Reply
    Beth

    Great tutorial!

  4. Reply
    Andrea Pannell

    I love a good circle skirt! Stop by and link up to Make It Wear It Thursday at http://thetraintocrazy.com

  5. Reply
    Jess

    Looks like this is going to be a great set of tutorials – will have to bookmark them for a future project! x

  6. Reply
    Erica

    Is it really that simple?? You make it look pretty easy.

    I never thought to use wrapping paper. That is a great idea too! πŸ™‚

  7. Reply
    M is for Marketing

    Hi, this looks great! Can you explain how you measure the arc in more detail? Do you measure 20cm down from the corner of the paper, or does the arc need to be 20cm in length?

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Good question! I measured 20 cm down. I fixed my measuring tape at the top corner and swung it in an arc measuring 20 cm down as I moved from left to right across.

      Hope that helps!

    2. Reply
      M is for Marketing

      Thank you so much. PS I love your blog. I am just learning to sew, and I love your step by step tutorials.

  8. Reply
    ritz

    Wow! you make sewing look so easy!. I'm learning to sew on my own and found your wonderful blog, can't wait to start on my skirt project. Thank you for this.

  9. Reply
    Meshia

    I'm a newbie is it best to measure in cm then inches. When making a pattern

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Hi Meshia,

      Great question. I would definitely go with cm if you're a beginner (or even if you're a pro). I feel you can be so much more accurate if you measure in cm.

      The only time I would measure in inches would be if the pattern doesn't have a conversion from inches to cm.

      Hope that helps. Happy sewing!

  10. Reply
    Anonymous

    Wait, do you mean to fold the paper so that the two sides are dead straight with each other?

    1. Reply
      Anonymous

      Sorry, my computer wont let me view the pics. (same person)

    2. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Which step is it that's giving you the trouble?

  11. Reply
    Unknown

    How would the tutorial change for a more pencil type skirt? I would like to make my own pattern for that if possible.

  12. Reply
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