Draft your own skirt

When I started sewing, I got on a kick to draft my own skirt. It looked easy. The key is to create a skirt sloper. It’s created by taking key measurements, carefully drawing some squares and rectangles on a piece of paper, make a pattern from that, and ta da! You have a custom skirt!

custom skirt from sloper

So, no, it’s not quite that easy, even if you are led to believe it is. I used Soseweasy.com’s tutorial to draft my skirt. While it appears my waist is too large for my body (yes, that’s something I’m going to have to work on by doing less sewing and move moving), I did eventually make myself a skirt I was very proud of. Deby, who writes the Soseweasy blog, has very good, clear instructions on the whole project.

I bought a cotton weave with spandex and black broadcloth at Joanns. I don’t usually like what they have there, but this fabric caught my eye and I think it is actually pretty nice.

skirt preparation

The instructions teach you to add a lining, an invisible zipper, and a hem. I think I did a pretty darn good job!

custom skirt from sloper2I am so impressed with my sewing machine. It’s a Brother. Every time I need something, a new foot, or new accessory, I look in the little bag of goodies that came with the machine and I find it. It amazes me because when I purchased the machine, I never expected to use all these bells and whistles. Thank goodness I bought up. Otherwise, I’d be in a position where I’d have to buy a new one.

Now, to torture myself, I bought this book which is supposed to help me draft 28 varieties of skirts. The first I’ll do is the wrap skirt. Have a few projects to finish first, but once I do, I’ll let you know how it turns out!

skirt a day

2 thoughts on “Draft your own skirt

  1. You look fab – and the skirt looks perfect. You did a great job on it. I also am victim to carrying a little extra in the middle and never got RTW skirts to fit properly, hence my desire to make a custom pattern. I look forward to seeing how you get on with all those variations. I always planned to do more with my original sloper, but well, too much blogging and emailing and not enough sewing time. Thanks for sharing the link to my tutorial. Deby at So Sew Easy


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