Are you ready to try your hand at sewing clothes? I’ve got some simple skirt designs and lots of pattern inspiration for you today! Let’s make a colorful DIY Skirt – mine is Simplicity pattern number 8300.
There is something for every shape and size. If you are not a beginner, I hope you enjoy the ideas and get inspired too.
Summer is a perfect skirt-wearing season because skirts are a cooler, looser, and more comfortable choice.
Today’s general look is straighter and basic, but the fun is in the fabric. You can add bells and whistles, but this unadorned style is perfect if you are just getting started.
Skirts are an Easy Sewing Project for a Beginner
Sewing a skirt is a terrific way to learn how to sew your own clothes. The fit of a skirt is much more forgiving because it typically doesn’t have to be perfect to wear.
If you get the waist size close, tbh you are golden! ☺️ Skirts have minimal detail and lots of straight stitching too.
Beginners should choose a pattern labeled “Easy to Sew” “1-hour” or “Learn to Sew”, etc. Also, consider a style without pockets or zippers. I know you can do this!
How to make a new DIY skirt that you love
First off, you’ll need to pick a pattern design. My DIY straight skirt is Simplicity 8300.
I am most comfortable in straight styles, but I have friends who feel the opposite and prefer a fuller silhouette such as an A-line.
Pick one that works well for your figure. Accentuate your best features and minimize your least favorite. Consider a straight style with a split, a bias cut flared style, an A-line, or even a tiered design.
Popular Sewing Pattern styles for Straight Skirts
Check out the Simplicity and New Look skirt styles below. Although these styles are slightly more straight in form, I’ve included other variations too. There are buying sources in the text below each photo. (affiliate links)
Best Fabrics for Sewing a Skirt
For my straight skirt, I chose a batik cotton print, in a medium-weight fabric.
Sewing projects are more enjoyable and easier to manage with light to medium weight fabrics, from the crisp folds to putting in a zipper or a hem. Be sure to look for these kinds of fabrics if you are new to sewing clothes.
As you shop, consider lightweight fabrics; such as chambray, soft cotton, cotton lawn, linen, or medium weight fabrics: like denim, and oxford. There are so many beautiful fabric options out there for straight skirts.
What is Batik Fabric?
This is the first time I have made anything with batik fabric. It reminds me of a more intricate version of a tie-dye print.
Batik is a type of resist printing process where wax is applied to the fabric in specific areas. When the wax becomes hard, the fabric is submerged in colored dye.
The wax prevents the dye from transferring to that part of the fiber’s surface. Then the fabric is boiled to ultimately remove the wax.
Where to Buy Fabrics Online
You can purchase almost everything you need at your local fabric and craft store, or online; including sewing machines, fabric, sewing patterns, and supplies. Plus you can pick it up curbside or have it delivered to your door.
Here are a few popular brick and mortar and online fabric stores to help you locate your perfect fabric:
Minnesota peeps! If you are in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis or St. Paul, or just passing through, be sure to check out our local Minneapolis fabric stores and also our St Paul fabric stores! CLICK below for more information:
Collect or buy your sewing materials and you’ll be ready to begin. See below for the basic supplies you will need plus ideas on where you can purchase them.
Materials And Sewing Supplies for Simplicity 8300
Here’s what you need to get started. Affiliate links in blue.
Sewing Pattern mine is Simplicity 8300
Notions zipper & interfacing, according to pattern
Sewing Straight Pins
Sewing Scissors HERE or
Rotary Cutter HERE
Sewing Board HERE or
Safe Cutting Surface HERE
Paper Scissors not pictured
Sewing Machine not pictured
How to sew a zipper into a skirt
It was fairly easy to sew in my skirt zipper, but I know it can be a bit intimidating if it is your first time!
See the specific pattern directions for your skirt, but if you need additional help check out this YouTube video about how to put in a zipper on a skirt, HERE.
Sewing with Patterned Fabric
If you choose a fabric with a print or pattern, it can be tricky to match the connecting panels together. It requires a bit of time and patience, but it’s worth it when your skirt is ready to wear.
It’s impossible to match everything perfect on the entire garment, so just choose the most dominant and noticeable areas.
For this skirt, since it is so busy, I was not concerned about the pattern connecting from side to side, but I did want a nice section of the fabric pattern design to land in the front, so I paid special attention to that.
Depending on the style you choose, it may be the center front, the waist area, or the hemline, etc. for your pattern. Here are some matching techniques to consider if you choose a stripe or pattern fabric.
I hope you find a sewing pattern you love and make yourself a new and colorful DIY skirt. If you do, let me know in the comment box below.
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