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

Β The total beginner's guide to sewing a DIY skirt. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to sew a DIY skirt using your own measurements | Randomly Happy

Alright team, this is a good day. This is the day all that measuring and all those bits of fabric come together to make something that looks less like a pile of scraps and more like a skirt.

Top tip for assembling this beauty: make sure you’ve got lots of space. You’ll want to spread out for this.

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

I ended up taking over the whole living room, draping bits of fabric over chairs and sofas. Liberally spreading pins, scissors and tape around at will. And generally walking around contemplating how amazing this skirt is going to be when finished.

I know, check me out and my wild weekends.

So, how’s it going on your end? I’d love to know how you’re progressing (or not progressing). And let me know if you’re stuck or have any questions. Always happy to help.

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 waistband
Perfect zipper in 8 steps
The easy 3 step hem

Sewing your skirt

 

You will need:

skirt sections (from Week 3)
pocket sections (from Week 4)
sewing machine
pins
tailor’s chalk

How to sew your own killer DIY skirt with pockets

1. Starting with the largest skirt section (the one that looks like a giant C) lay this down, right side facing up.

A little note about right side of fabric: the ‘right side’ is the part of your fabric that faces outwards when your skirt is finished. The ‘wrong side’ is the part facing in. So, one side of your fabric might have a pattern, or be a stronger colour. You want that facing out. Don’t ask me why sewers gotta be all black and white, right and wrong. It just is.

How to sew your own killer DIY skirt with pockets

2. Put one of your pocket pieces, right side down on the skirt. Make sure the bulk of the pocket piece is facing down.

I positioned mine about 5 inches down from the waist ’cause I like low, slouchy pockets, but feel free to put the pocket at whatever height you want. Hey, it’s your skirt!

Pin in place.

How to sew your own killer DIY skirt with pockets

3. Sew the pocket piece to the main skirt piece with as short a seam as you can. I sewed mine using a 1/4 inch.

4. Repeat for the other side of the skirt.

5. Follow steps 1 – 3 with the other two sections of the skirt. These are the two back sections. It can be difficult to know which side is the pocket side and which side is for the zipper. So, to make sure you sew the pockets on the right part of the skirt (and not say, in the middle where you want your zipper to be), lay both skirt pieces down at once and place the pocket piece on outsides of the two pieces.

How to sew your own killer DIY skirt with pockets

6. Now to sew all the pieces of the skirt together. Start by laying the giant C section of the skirt right side down with the pocket flap facing out.

How to sew your own killer DIY skirt with pockets

7. Lay one of the smaller skirt sections on top of the C shaped skirt. Make sure the pocket is turned out.

Also make sure that the waist, pockets, and hem are matched up. If they’re wonky (mine were) just make sure that the waist and pockets are lined up – the hem will be hidden anyway.

Pin in place.

How to sew your own killer DIY skirt with pockets

8. Sew around the outside of the skirt as shown in the dotted line above.

9. Repeat for the other side of the skirt.

How to sew your own killer DIY skirt with pockets

10. Now for the two back panels. Lay one panel on top of the other right sides together, lining up the two raw edges . Pin together.

11. Take your zipper and place it on the skirt so that it’s about 2 cm form the top edge. Mark where the zipper teeth (not the end of the zipper, but where the zipper pull actually stops) end with tailor’s chalk.

12. Sew up to the marked line (the gap is where the zipper will go next week).

13. And there you have it team – one a (giant) skirt, just waiting for a zipper and a waist band. Don’t miss this opportunity to use the skirt as a cloak/cape/veil or just general fancy dress opportunities.

  1. Reply
    McKenna Ryan

    I always love your sewing tutorials! xx. McKenna Lou
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  2. Reply
    The Naturalist Novice

    Hey. Nice tutorial but I don't get the second step. Did you place the pocket on the c-shaped fabric or on one of the chunked out pie-shaped fabric?

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      You place the pocket on the side edge of the skirt (the side that will be sewn to make one of the side seams. Does that help?

  3. Reply
    Anonymous

    For step number 6, don't you mean the giant C needs to be right side up? Then step 7 the back piece needs to be right side down so that when you sew it together, the seam allowance falls on the wrong side of the fabric.

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