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Making Your Own Skirt Pattern


ALWAYS measure your hip area across the widest part when measuring for sewing.

First take your HIP measurement.  Measure the WIDEST part of your hip, across the butt and the hip bones. (Not the waist.) Add 8 inches to that measurement.  Write your number down.

Katie will be our model for making this skirt pattern.

(Katie's hip measurement is 44" plus add the 8" = 52")


Make your own skirt pattern.

If you don't have paper for making a pattern just use anything you have around the house.  Tape grocery bags or computer paper together.  We are going to make only ONE pattern piece that will be placed on the fold. 

Use the straight edge of your paper and make that the fold line of your pattern. Mark it "Fold Line" with arrows pointing to the line as shown in the photo.


From your waist or wherever you wear your skirts and pants at on your body, measure down to the point on your legs where you want the skirt to stop (the hem).  Take that measurement and add 3 inches to it. This will be your length measurement of your skirt pattern.

Mark it Hem at the bottom, and Top at the top as shown in the photo.

Katie likes her skirts just above the knee.  Her measurement was 18" then she added 3". That's 21" from top to hem line as shown in the photo.


Take your total inches that you calculated in step one and divide that by 4. This is the width measurement for the top of your skirt pattern. Draw a line perpendicular to the fold line as shown in the photo.  This is the top of your skirt pattern line.

Katie's hip measurement calculation was 52" (step one). Divide that by 4, 13. She drew a line 13".


Since we are making a Straight Skirt pattern, draw a straight line on the opposite side of the fold line connecting the hem with the top as shown in the photo.

Mark your pattern with:

 My Straight Skirt Pattern

 Front & Back


Your straight  skirt pattern is done.

Remember - Your ONE pattern piece that you made will be placed on the fold.  This one pattern piece will be the front and back of your skirt. When pinning and cutting, you will need to cut two on the fold. (One for the front and one for the back.)


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