Honestly and accurately measure the widest circumference around your hips – in my case 40″.
Next measure your waist, or where you want the top of the skirt to sit. I went for a hip bone height, even though I haven’t seen them in years. For me this was 37″.
Now measure the distance between these two points, typically 5-6″.
Divide the hip and waist measurements by 4. Let’s take my hip measurements ’cause that’s easy.
40/4 = 10″ + 1″ for seam allowances. 1/2″ either side.
I’ve found paper table cloths make the most wonderful substrate for home made patterns. They cost very little, are huge and you can buy them in supermarkets.
Decide on length and amount of flare you’d like on your skirt. Remember, the flare will be multiplied by 4. If you’d like a guide, mine has 25″ around the bottom on the single pattern piece, so that’s 100″ hem!
On your tissue (tablecloth, whatever) draw a long grainline to match your chosen length – remember to include hem allowance. I suggest a deep hem as you’ll need a bit of weight at the bottom to make the skirt hang well. I went for 3″. Everything will be measured from this grainline so leave enough space either side for the skirt flare.
This took less than 2 hours to draft and sew.
If you do make this, I’d love to see your versions. If you have any questions or would like some bit explained better, just leave a comment. I’ll be more than happy to answer.
E-mail me your postings or pics of your skirts and I’ll showcase them.
I’ve notice that the cat seems to be creeping into more and more photos. I could start a “Spot the Cat” competition. What do you think? Patterns as prizes?
Thanks for reading. Ruth