Drafting my own skirts

After making my own skirt sloper following the directions from SoSewEasy,.com, I decided to delve further into pattern making and signed up for the skirt sloper class on Craftsy. It’s a really good class and Suzy Furrer is a careful, thoughtful instructor.  I wanted to experiment with the different varieties of skirts featured in the Craftsy class.

After making my skirt sloper, my first attempt was a wrap skirt. Don’t ask me why. I think it was because I was afraid of zippers and waistbands. That’s a significant concern because beyond the pattern drafting, there are no sewing instructions with this class. You make the pattern and then you are on your own when it comes to constructing the actual skirt. If you’re like me, an eager beginner, you can either wing it or sign up for another class.

wrap skirtI “wung” it and made the wrap skirt. I left off the waistband, but I also didn’t give a lot of thought as to how to close the skirt. I ended up using two snaps on one side and two hook and eyes on the other. But I have nightmares that the skirt will fall off me so I have yet to wear it to work.

Zippers and waistbands

On to skirt two. It was time to face my fear of zippers and waistbands. So I decided to start with the first skirt variation that Suzy teaches and go with the A-line. Back at Craftsy, they had a new class on, lo and behold, zippers and waistbands, offered by Suzy’s colleague, Sara Alm.

It’s good, but again, not all the instruction you need if you don’t have the experience. I started with my muslin, got the invisible zipper in, but then it came time to the waistband. As you can see, I had a problem. I sewed my waistband on upside down. I didn’t know what was wrong till I posted this photo on a sewing enthusiast facebook page and they gave me the bad news. No worries. I ripped it off, flipped it around, sewed it on again and it came out okay.

bad muslin

So it was on to the actual skirt. I bought a quilting cotton at Joann’s because it was on sale, I wanted a pattern, but I didn’t want a pattern that would jam me up – something that had to be matched or anything crazy like that. Here’s where I’m at. The pink is elastic on my dress form to mark the waist. This is a drop waist skirt so I’ll be adding the waistband soon. Wish me luck!   a line

I finished the skirt. I added the waistband, made a button hole, and even sewed on the button using my machine. I’ve never done that before! But it’s no good. Because I didn’t line the skirt, it is see through. I need a slip. And it has a funny poof going on in the back. I asked the Craftsy instructor, and she told me to fix the center seam where it  met the zipper. We’ll see how that goes.

It’s not bad. I definitely need to learn more about adding waist bands and zippers. But it’s not good enough to wear to work.

Back to the sewing machine to try again

2 thoughts on “Drafting my own skirts

  1. Its going to look great! Your fabricric is lovely and perfect for an A line skirt. I am also doing Suzy,s class just finished drafting my A line skirt too. 😀. Looking forward to seeing yours👏👏


    1. Thanks! I added the waistband last night and am thrilled with how it fits. I’ll attach the button tonight and share another photo to complete the post. Good luck with yours!

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