As it’s “Skirts” month for our CSC Season of Separates monthly challenges, it seemed apropos to share some fast and easy beginner friendly skirt patterns. The following patterns are a few examples of skirt styles that will help get your sewing into first gear and leave you feeling accomplished.
The first item of clothing that I sewed for myself as a pre-teen was a skirt. It was a wine colored ultra suede a-line skirt with a waistband and a zipper made with one of my mom’s vintage patterns from the 70’s. I would not suggest making a skirt like that for your first attempt at garment sewing. The fabric was awful and I didn’t get the zipper in correctly AT ALL. It also didn’t fit…. I suppose that’s what happens when you attempt a project on your own without help. I’ve always been a bit of an independent do-it-yourself gal — even at a young age — but sometimes you need a little direction.
One of the easiest patterns to try first is a wrap skirt. This “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern from McCall’s has two different styles and lengths with pockets and bias binding. The tie closure means you don’t have any zippers, elastic or buttons to deal with and your skirt can go from cutting to ready-to-wear in a short period of time.
If you fancy a skirt that takes less fabric and isn’t as prone to “Marilyn moments”, Sewaholic has a skirt designed for true beginners. This gored elastic waist skirt has three lengths and was designed as a first sewing project. Instead of a waistband it has a casing that’s part of the skirt itself which makes this skirt a super easy first project.
If you’re looking for a similar skirt style with fewer pattern pieces, this elastic waist skirt from New Look could be just what you’re searching for. It has only two pattern pieces and can be made in various lengths. It also includes instructions for a ruffled skirt and one with lace panels.If knits are more your style, you could sew this skirt from Style Arc in a stable ponte and have a sleek skirt in your closet in an hour or two. In your search for a first skirt pattern, it’s good to remember these things:
- Look beyond the photos and artwork on the pattern envelope and study the line drawings
- Look for patterns with simple shapes and few pattern pieces that are easier to construct
- Pull-on or wrap skirt patterns are easier to start with than ones with zippered or button closures
- Check fabric suggestions as it’s easier to work with a sturdy fabric like a medium weight cotton than a wiggly rayon
If you find a simple skirt pattern that you love and that fits you well, sew it up a few times to practice your skills. Before you know it you’ll be sewing invisible zips and making buttonholes!