When I make new items of clothing, I make things that I’ve never made before. I also improvise and learn as I go. This DIY a-line skirt is the perfect example of that. I had no idea what I was doing but I made it work and ended up with a beautiful new piece to add to my wardrobe. Oh and spoiler alert; it was very easy!
Ready to learn how I made my skirt and how you can too? Let’s do this.
- Fabric (mine is from Joann’s – similar here)
- Measuring Tape
- Sewing Machine
- 9″ Invisible Zipper (in matching color)
- Tailor’s Chalk
- Iron-On Adhesive
- Paper + Pen + Tape (for the pattern)
Make a pattern using a skirt you already have. Pay attention to where the seams are. My skirt buttons in the front and is made of three pieces. It’s also a bit stretchy so since I was working with a fabric that’s not stretchy at all, I added a bit extra space to my skirt pattern, seen above. This skirt works for the pattern because I wanted to have a zipper in the back so I just pretended that the buttons were on the back of the skirt.
For the pattern, I used printer paper and tape. I don’t have any pattern paper so this worked just as well.
Trace your pattern pieces onto the fabric using the tailor’s chalk, leaving space for seam allowance. I have two back pieces and a front piece so far.
With the right sides together, sew the back pieces to the front piece like above.
For the waistband, cut out a rectangle that is 5″ high with the length being the size of your waist (or wherever you want the waistband to sit on your body) plus an inch for seam allowance. Cut out a piece of the iron-on adhesive that’s the same size but only about 2″ high. Place the adhesive on one side of the fabric and then iron it down. Fold the fabric in half (hot dog style) and iron it again.
Pin the waistband (right sides together) to the middle of the top of the skirt. Sew this down. I had a lot of excess fabric on each side of the waistband so I cut it off while leaving about 1 cm on each side for the zipper’s seam allowance. Hey, it’s better to have too much fabric than not enough fabric!
Now to add the zipper. I followed this guide exactly. I also used a zipper foot for my sewing machine.
Hem the bottom of the skirt and it’s finished!
I am so in love with this DIY a-line skirt that I may make 10 more… I mean how can I not? It turned out SO good and looks store-bought. I am extremely proud of the invisible zipper since I’ve never done one before. I hope that you got inspired by my skirt and try to make one of your own! Clothing is so much more special to wear when you make it yourself.
I also want to share this BB cream from Shaklee. I love to wear BB creams instead of foundation when I can. Usually on days I’m making DIY projects and might have a few errands to run, I’ll opt for less makeup. I’m also obsessed with the Radiance C+E capsules. All of Shaklee’s YOUTH products are free of over 2,500 harmful chemicals and questionable ingredients. Plus, they are 100% vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free! I was gifted these products but never recommend anything I don’t try or love myself. Just thought I’d share some products I’m currently loving!