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How to Make A-Line Skirt Tutorial

Updated on June 1, 2015
a line skirts
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How to make a-line skirt with no elastic waist

How to make a-line skirt with no elastic waist tutorial comes with 2 ways that you can sew your a-line skirt. You can decide to make a-line skirt elastic waist or with no elastic waist. At the end of the two parts, you will be able to figure out how to make a simple a-line skirt pattern as well as how to make a-line skirt.

This straightforward pattern is awesome for novice. You can use the pattern to sew for anyone as well as yourself, as you can sew it based on measurement.

Materials you will need to sew a-line skirt:

  • Get a paper to make the pattern
  • A nice ruler
  • A marking pen that is washable
  • tape (scotch)
  • Wide elastic (preferably 3/4 inch) that is long to fit measurement around the waist.
  • Knit fabric of 1/4 to 3/4 yard

Measuring the waist

Measure your waist or anyone you want to sew for their waist and divide it by a quarter. At that point, measure the skirt length as you'll like to wear it.

Your pattern will be a quarter, you will lie the pattern on the fabric fold as you cut each pieces for the skirt.

Making A-line skirt sewing pattern:

  • Fold a bit of paper into equal parts and on the fold cut the piece. This is the middle or centre of the pattern.
  • At the upper part of the paper, ensure you draw with a ruler the measurement of the quarter waist. Include 3/8 inch make up for the seam allowance.
  • From the waistline edge, square down and make a measurement your preferred skirt measurement, including 2 3/8 inches to take into consideration the waistband casing, in addition to the stitch line.
  • For the hem, draw another line over the base of paper.
  • To make A line shape, cut up the centre or inside of the skirt and open wide. This is known as the slice and spread technique for pattern making. The more wide you open it, the more wide the A line will turn out.
  • Use scotch tape to patch the pattern that is spread out with scrap papers.
  • Draw a smooth waistline and hem with a pencil, cutting out edges that are rough.
  • You can now cut out the quarter pattern.

A line skirt sewing instructions:

  • Lay the pattern on the fabric fold, then cut out 2 skirt pieces.
  • First stitch up both sides of the skirt.
  • Measure about inches starting from top of waist downwards, and then use washable pen to mark.
  • Fold the waist to the line that you marked and stitch it down, remember to leave opening to insert elastic, say 1 inch.
  • The elastic you use should be the size as your full waist measurement. Use a safety pin to insert the elastic into the casing. With 1/2 inch elastic, overlap and sew it with the sewing machine to close it.
  • Close and sew the waist gap.
  • Fold the hem about 3/8 inches and stitch it down.

That's it! You have your A line skirt ready.

A-line skirt
A-line skirt | Source
A line skirt pattern
A line skirt pattern | Source

Sewing instructions for a-line skirt elastic waist

  • Cut 2 pieces of fabric in rectangular shape to use for the skirt back and front.

Skirt length: include 3 inches, 2 inches for the waist casing and 1 inch for hem.

Skirt width: A line skirt always appears full. You can make it wider or a bit narrow as you prefer. In the event that you need fullness, take measurement of your waist, divide it fifty-fifty, and increase it by 1.9. This measurement will be the rectangular width of the fabric pieces.

Pockets: Turn up the fabric pieces in such a way that the sides face inwards at one another. You can cut 2 sets of pocket by drawing them out. Make it ear shaped. Cut out 4 pieces as you will need 2 for each pocket.

  • Lay out the pieces of fabric, and from top edge down, tack the pockets around 4 inches.
  • Stitch down the straight edge of the whole length of the pocket. Do the same for every pocket. At whatever point you sew a line, make a point to backstitch when you start, furthermore when you complete, to prevent the thread from unwinding.
  • Iron the seams of every pocket.
  • Place the back and front sides of the skirt on top of one another and tack the right and left sides together. In the event you prefer the skirt to not have pockets, you should do nothing more than sew straight down and up both sides. On the off chance that you have pockets, at the point when sewing, you need to leave about 6.5 inches opening at the seam sides as big as your hand to fit through.

Sewing waistband on

  • The waistband. Turn over a large portion of an inch along the top and then iron it down. It helps to hide the rough edges of fabric.

Then fold the highest point of the waist top over again and iron. In the event that the elastic band is about 1 inch wide, you ought to turn down around 1.3 inches of fabric. The elastic band ought to fit effortlessly inside the casing.

  • Sew down the casing. Ensure to leave a little opening to allow the elastic band go through.
  • Make sure that the elastic band will hold the skirt up by wrapping it around the waist first, yet at the same time comfortable. Include an inch allowance for when you join the ends together, and then cut the length of the elastic to this.

Begin putting through the elastic band through the casing. Tack the elastic with a safety pin to one end, to make it less demanding to put it through the casing that is narrow. Stick to the casing opening, the end of the elastic to prevent it from getting pulled in also.

  • At the end of the elastic having passed through the whole casing, safely sew the two ends together of the elastic. Try the skirt on to ensure the waist fits you perfectly, before you sew to close the gap of the casing.
  • When they are inside the casing, this elastic band might not lie level and may begin to move and flip around. In order to keep this from happening, sew a line or more to the outside waistband to secure elastic to the fabric. Since the fabric is all gathered, you have to use your hands to evenly stretch out the elastic, so that the fabric will lay easily and smoothly while they put through the sewing machine.

Try not to rush this part, as you may find that the fabric is unevenly scrunched with elastic waistband. Stretch a couple inches out of the elastic with the fabric, sew evenly, and then stop. Extend the next few inches, keep sewing, and stop once more.

  • Put on the skirt to try on, and then stitch the bottom hem to the length you prefer. Wrap up by pressing down all seams. On the off chance that you can't use a serger, you can use a zigzag stitch to sew the rough edges to prevent fraying.

You have completed sewing your A line skirt.

How to make elastic waist a-line skirt video


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      Christabel Evans 3 years ago from England, UK

      @kschimmel, skirts are easy to make and they look great too on anyone.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Outstanding hub! I love skirts--so easy to sew for a perfect fit.


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