Mini Skirt Sewing Pattern Ideas (Short A-line Styles)

Get sewing inspiration and pattern ideas, choose your fabric, and make your own short skirt.

Today, I explore mini skirt sewing pattern ideas with cute, short A-line styles plus fabric possibilities so you can create your own skirt.

Are you looking to add a fun and stylish piece to your wardrobe?

Consider the classic a-line skirt! In this post, I share ideas for creating a cute skirt perfect for sunny summer days or paired with tights for a warm winter look.

Obviously, make it any length you feel best in!

My beautiful model below is a family member. 🙂

This flattering and trendy skirt style will become a wardrobe staple. It’s flirty and playful but can easily be sophisticated and sleek.

An A-line skirt combines style and comfort and transitions seamlessly from casual outings to special occasions.

Mini or Short Skirts

The A-line is a versatile and flattering skirt that flares gently from the waist down, similar to the capital letter “A.” The style works best above the knee.

Additionally, this skirt suits all body types because it cinches at the waist and skims over the hips, creating a balanced shape.

It is universally flattering for all body types.

Oh, and especially noteworthy if it has a waistband, it conceals the tummy well! 🙂

Ready to Wear Mini Skirts

If you want to skip the sewing this time, here are some cute short skirts you can purchase right off the rack from Target and Anthropologie’s mini and short skirt selections. (affiliate links)



How to wear a Mini?

This versatile skirt can be dressed down and worn with flip flops out shopping and running errands.

Pair with a tee and sneakers for a casual weekend look.

You can also dress it up for work, brunch with the gals, or date night.

Combine this skirt with a fitted blouse and heels for a sophisticated office outfit. Wear it with strappy sandals or wedges to elongate the legs and create an effortlessly chic appearance.

Next, add accessories like a hat or jewelry to elevate or relax your outfit.

Embrace your style and accessorize with a clutch, crossbody bag, or backpack. Add a wide belt and finish with a hat or cat-eye sunglasses to create a retro look.

What is the difference between a short and a mini skirt?

The difference between short and mini skirts is their lengths. Both styles are above the knee, but the distinction is in how much leg is exposed.

A short skirt refers to a skirt that falls just above or at the knee, covering a significant portion of the thigh. It offers more modesty and coverage.

A mini skirt is shorter, with a length at mid-thigh or higher. Mini skirts expose a more significant portion of the leg, often having a more playful and daring style.

My Skirt Pattern – Simplicity 1370

Here’s the Simplicity skirt pattern I went with. (affiliate link) I made view D. It has a slightly high waist.

The mini skirt pattern styles include a mini skirt with a buckle, shorts with or without the scalloped overlay, and an asymmetric skort with pockets. All have back zippers.

The sewing difficulty rating is average, but I found it to be very straightforward.

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Simplicity Pattern 1370

Mini Skirt Pattern Ideas

These six different easy skirt sewing patterns offer a range of styles, from classic and elegant to retro-inspired and sporty.

Whether you prefer simplicity or want to try unique details, these patterns provide many options to suit your taste and sewing skills.

However, most of these are newer patterns and not yet available on Amazon.

For now, you can order or print out from or check your local fabric store. I will update you when they become available on Amazon!

Mccalls PDM8410, Shirt & Skirt by Brandi Joan
McCalls PDM8409 – Misses’ Wrap Skirts (PDF)
Know Me ME2003 Knit Cardigan & Skirt by Alissah Threads
McCalls 8390 – Women’s skirts in two lengths
McCalls M8370 – Misses’ Jacket & Skirt
New Look N6755 – Misses’ Skirt In Two Lengths

Sewing Supplies Needed

You’ll need a few essential sewing supplies to make a short skirt.
Here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need.

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Sewing Scissors
Rotary Cutter
Sewing Layout Board
Safe Cutting Surface
Pins and Needles
Sewing Machine
Measuring Tools
Seam Ripper
Iron and Ironing Board
or Zipper as needed

Remember to check your specific pattern instructions for any additional supplies required.

What is the best fabric for a mini skirt?

The best fabric for a mini skirt depends on many things, including your personal preference, the occasion, and your desired look and feel.

Below are some popular fabric options that would work wonderfully for short skirts.

Consider the season and how you plan to style the skirt to make the best choice.

For example, experiment with different textures and prints, a floral pattern for a fresh and romantic look, a bold geometric design, or a seersucker madras-inspired plaid design as I chose.


Jean fabric is a classic, durable textile that works well for casual and versatile skirts. It’s sturdy and can be dressed up or down.


Cotton is breathable, comfortable, and suitable for casual and everyday wear. It’s an excellent choice for summer skirts.

Leather or Faux Leather

For an edgy look, leather or faux leather mini skirts are a fun choice. They add a touch of “cool” and work well for nights out or special events.


The synthetic fabric Polyester is easy to care for and often used for mini skirts with a bit of stretch for comfort.

Silk or Satin

For a luxurious and elegant choice, silk or satin mini skirts are perfect for a formal occasion. They have a beautiful drape and add glamor.

Wool or Tweed

Appropriate for cooler weather, lightweight wool, and tweeds provide warmth and a stylish classic look for fall or winter outfits.

Knit Fabrics

Using knit fabrics is ideal for casual and comfortable mini skirts with ease and stretch.

Where To Find Fabrics

Additionally here are nine online spots for finding quality fabrics to sew your short skirt.

Mood Fabrics

Known for its extensive selection of high-quality fabrics, Mood offers a wide range of materials suitable for skirts, including cotton, silk, linen, and more. They have both physical stores and an online presence.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

A popular choice for sewers and crafters, Jo-Ann offers a wide range of fabrics suitable for skirts. They have a mix of affordable and high-end options available in-store and online.

Fashion Fabrics Club

This online store specializes in apparel fabrics, offering an extensive collection of materials at competitive prices.

Fashion Fabrics Club has various fabric types, colors, and patterns suitable for sewing a fashionable short skirt.


If you’re looking for unique and customizable fabrics, Spoonflower is an excellent choice. They allow you to create your own designs or choose from thousands of independent artist prints, making it perfect for a personalized short skirt.

Fabric Mart

With a focus on high-quality designer fabrics, Fabric Mart offers a curated collection of materials suitable for skirts. They frequently update their inventory, and you can find great deals on their website.


While not a traditional fabric shop, Etsy is a popular online marketplace that hosts numerous independent fabric sellers. You can find a wide selection of unique and handcrafted fabrics, including prints and specialty materials for your short skirt.

Britex Fabrics

Located in San Francisco, Britex is a renowned fabric emporium known for its high-quality and luxurious fabrics. They have a vast selection, including silk, wool, lace, and more, perfect for creating a stylish short skirt.

Blackbird Fabrics

This online fabric store is known for its high-quality garment textiles.

Blackbird carry a range of lightweight and drapey fabrics, such as Tencel, rayon, cotton lawn, and linen blends, which are excellent choices for a peplum tank top.

The Fabric Store

This independent fabric retailer has physical stores in New Zealand, Australia, and Los Angeles, as well as an online store.

The Fabric Store has a beautiful range of fabrics, including lightweight linens, rayons, and cotton blends that would work well for a peplum tank top.


In Canada, Fabricland is a well-established retailer with multiple stores nationwide.

They offer an extensive range of fabrics, from everyday basics to specialty materials, suitable for sewing a short skirt.

Online Fabric Marketplaces

Platforms like eBay, Amazon, and Facebook Marketplace offer various fabrics from different sellers.

While you need to be cautious about the quality and reputation of the sellers, these marketplaces provide a diverse selection of textiles at competitive prices.

Certainly, remember to consider factors such as fabric type, weight, drape, and color when selecting the fabric for your skirt.

Additionally, always check the return policy, shipping options, and customer reviews before purchasing.


How many yards of fabric do I need for a mini skirt?

Generally, a mini skirt requires around 1/2 to 1 yard (.045 to 0.9 meters) of fabric. A knee-length skirt requires 1 – 1.5 yards (0.9 to 1.4 meters). This estimate assumes a standard fabric width, usually about 45 to 60 inches (114 to 152 centimeters). Remember that you may need slightly more fabric if you add any extra design details, such as pockets, belt loops, gathered skirt, pleats, or ruffles, or if you prefer a fuller skirt.
The amount of fabric depends on several factors, such as your size, the desired fullness of the skirt, and the width of the material.
To get an accurate estimate, consult a pattern. A sewing pattern sizing chart shows fabric requirements based on sizes and design variations.

What is a good length for a mini skirt?

A good length for a mini skirt is around mid-thigh, between about 10 inches and 20 inches long. These length options allow for a stylish and flirty look while still maintaining a sense of modesty. If you want a micro mini, you can shorten it more. The exact length will vary depending on individual preferences, body type, and cultural norms. Ultimately, finding the correct length for a mini skirt is a matter of personal taste and ensuring you feel comfortable and appropriate in your chosen outfit.

What do you wear under mini skirts?

People typically wear undergarments such as underwear, panties, or briefs. Choose thongs or boyshorts to avoid visible panty lines. Boy shorts, shapewear, or control-top pantyhose shorts are a great choice if you want more coverage. Others might wear additional garments like tights or stockings for added warmth, modesty, or style. The choice of undergarments depends on personal taste, comfort, and the desired level of coverage and support.

Finally, share your creations with me by tagging me on Instagram. 🙂

Happy sewing!


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