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The total beginner’s guide to sewing a DIY skirt | cutting your fabric

easy guide to cutting fabric for a skirt

OK sewing ninjas, it’s time to cut into that fabric using the DIY skirt pattern we made last week.

This step is all about cutting, with just a little bit of extra adding to do, and a healthy dose of chalking. Simples.

cutting and prepping fabric for your skirt via Randomly Happy

Have you been enjoying this set of posts on making your own skirt from scratch or has it just not been your cup of tea?

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

Cutting your fabric

You will need:

DIY pattern (drafted using these instructions)Β 
3 metres of fabric
Tailor’s chalk or a fabric marker
Scissors
Sewing machine
Thread

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1. Start by folding your fabric in half so that both (cut) ends of fabric are touching. The selvedge (or woven ends) should run along the top and bottom.

2. Lay your pattern piece onto the fold of the fabric and in the top corner (a lazy way to save on cutting effort).

3. Our pattern piece isn’t perfect. We need to add 1.5 cm to the side and 3 cm to the bottom. These are to give us a seam allowance (1.5 cm) and a good hem allowance (3 cm).

easy guide to cutting fabric for a skirt

4. Readjust your pattern piece so that it sits 1.5 cm from both edges of the fabric. Patterns have a nasty habit of misbehaving, so pin that sucker in place.

easy guide to cutting fabric for a skirt

5. Now extend the bottom arc (the skirt’s hem) by 3 cm. Use a tape measurer and tailors chalk to mark this line on the fabric. Extend that line all the way to the edge of the fabric.

easy guide to cutting fabric for a skirt

6. Trace along the top arc of the pattern (the skirt’s waist) with your chalk.

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

7. Unpin your pattern piece and move it to the other side of your fabric (where the two cut ends are touching). Make sure the straight edge of the pattern lines up with the line of the fabric.

8. Repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 on this side.

9. You should now have two skirt outlines in chalk on your fabric. Looking good!

easy guide to cutting fabric for a skirt

10. Now grab your scissors and chop away. You may want to pin the fabric in place to stop it from slipping around.

easy guide to cutting fabric for a skirt

11. You should now have one fat-C shaped piece (half the skirt) and two smaller piece that look like a slice of pie with a bite taken from the middle (2 x quarter of the skirt).

12. Last little bit. Zigzag all the edges on your sewing machine to stop the fabric from fraying. And you. Are. Done.

  1. Reply
    Nikki Banham-Hall

    I am going to get my fabric so I can start this.

    See you soon

    Nikki x @ Bead It and Weep

  2. Reply
    Erica

    This is honestly the part that makes me the most nervous. Cutting with scissors is just so permanent. Good to know this skirt design is forgiving for us newbies. πŸ™‚

  3. Reply
    McKenna Ryan

    ooooh! Now I need to go buy some fabric to try this out. xx. McKenna Lou
    http://www.lynnandlou.com

  4. Reply
    Camille Iman

    Just bought my fabric and materials! Plan to start Friday πŸ™‚ Can't wait for the tricky parts like sewing the zipper.

  5. Reply
    Anonymous

    What do you mean by zigzaging the edges on your sewing machine? I'm afraid i'm going to do it wrong, can you elaborate a little?

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      If you have fabric that frays easily then you'll want to go over the edges with a zigzag stitch. Your sewing machine should have a zigzag stitch (one that looks like pointy waves). This stops the fabric from unraveling as you sew.

      Hope that helps!

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