7 Unique Skirt Patterns

For those who are new to sewing, there’s no better pattern to try than a handmade skirt.  DIY skirts can often be made in less than a few steps, and it’s super easy to obtain all the measurements you need in no time.  Flattering for several body shapes and sizes, skirts make a great fashion staple for year-round comfort and style.

Patterns like the Dollar Store Petal Skirt are great for beginners and thrifty crafters.  Made with items you can easily find at a dollar store (or items you might even have in your craft stash already), this skirt is great for kids and adults of all ages and requires very little measuring and assembly.

The Easy Breezy Skirt is also a great one for those with little to no sewing experience.  Worked up in a simple pattern and pieced together using a sewing machine, this skirt is the perfect project for beginning crafters who are looking for something unique and fun to make that easily transitions from work to play.

And speaking of play, who doesn’t love this awesome Recycled Umbrella Skirt?  Unlike anything you’ll probably see in stores, this cool skirt is the perfect way to put that broken umbrella to use.  This pattern also lends itself well to mixing and matching fabrics, textures, and styles.

As an added bonus, we’re throwing in a special giveaway that you’re sure to love.  Scroll on down to find out how you can win an awesome book filled with simple skirt patterns to flatter every body type.

 

7 Unique Skirt Patterns

  1. Easy Breezy Skirt
  2. Classic Origami Skort
  3. Dollar Store Petal Skirt
  4. Crocheted Skirt
  5. The Peggy Skirt
  6. Florida Beach Skirt
  7. Recycled Umbrella Skirt

 

BONUS!  Can’t get enough skirt patterns?  Check out our new giveaway, Stylish Skirts: 23 Easy-to-Sew Skirts to Flatter Every Figure.  Filled with simple sewing patterns for making skirts to flatter every body type, this book is great for sewists who are looking for creative ways to dress their body type.  You have until August 22th to enter, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return, the greater your chances of winning this awesome giveaway!  Head on over to the giveaway page now and register to win today!  Good luck!

How to Sew a Skirt to Get the Job: Interview Attire

We’ve all been there. You’ve got a job interview coming up and you have no idea what to wear. First of all, relax, you’re smart enough for the position and if they can’t see that then you don’t want to work with them anyway!

Second of all, instead of using your precious pennies on a new skirt, save some money and learn how to sew a skirt that you’ll look and feel comfortable in. Half of the hurdle of an interview is overcoming your nerves, and with these free sewing tutorials you’ll be notably more confident in your ability to put your best foot forward.

1. Anthropologie Ruffled Skirt Tutorial

For the girl who likes a little bit of flair and not just a straight edged pencil skirt, learn how to sew this Anthro-inspired piece.

Anthropologie Ruffled Skirt Tutorial

2. Mulberry Style Paperbag Skirt

If you’re not the world’s best seamstress, consider this easy DIY skirt to get a whole new look that will make you look chic and fabulous.

Mulberry Style Paperbag Skirt

3. Ruched Pencil Skirt

Certainly one of our favorite finds of late on the big, bad, worldwide web, we think this alternative take on the typical pencil skirt is fabulous. Many thanks to 2nd Story Sewing for sharing it!

Ruched Pencil Skirt

4. The Charlotte Skirt

A low-waist skirt can still take a tip or two from the good old days. We love how this sewn skirt tutorial involves a asymmetrical ruffle along the hem for a clean but fun look.

The Charlotte Skirt

5. Ruffled Peplum Skirt Tutorial

Go atypical when you learn how to sew a skirt by placing the ruffles at the waist instead of on the bottom hem.

Ruffled Peplum Skirt Tutorial

6. Anthropologie Work Skirt

For a lengthening accent, sew a ruffle down the length of your sewn skirt. We love this Anthro knock-off that shows you how to make this charming piece.

Anthropologie Work Skirt

7. How to Make a Scalloped Front Skirt

One of the earliest projects hosted on AllFreeSewing, this scalloped skirt is still a favorite. Learn how to sew a skirt that’s completely classic by following this tutorial.

How to Make a Scalloped Front Skirt

8. Knit DIY Pencil Skirt

There is always this classic solution to your wardrobe woes. You might be the type that feels great in a classic, uncomplicated piece, and that’s exactly what this sewing tutorial provides.

Knit DIY Pencil Skirt

Whether you’re learning how to sew a skirt for an interview for yourself or a loved one, these tutorials are a sure bet to boost your confidence. If you’re looking for more types of skirts, check out our updated collection of fave pieces right here. We’re wishing you great luck in your upcoming interview!

What did you wear to your first job interview?

Flirty Fall Skirt with Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom: National Sewing Month 2013

It’s Day Twenty-Six of National Sewing Month! Too see the daily blog posts, projects of the day, and more National Sewing Month details, click here.

National Sewing Month 2013

Hello Favecrafts blog readers!  I’m so happy to be guest posting here today!

My name is Jamie and I blog over at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.  If you’ve never visited my blog before, I share all sorts of fun crafts, recipes, sewing projects, tutorials and free patterns.  These are just a few of my fave projects:

You’ll find all these projects and more over at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, so be sure to stop by!  (I have more than 60 tutorials on my just my Clothing and Accessories Tutorials page alone.)

I’ve always loved skirts.  To me, they are a perfect spring/summer/fall transition clothing item.  When temperatures are warm, you can pair a skirt with t-shirts and sandals.  Then as the weather starts to cool down, you can add a sweater, boots and even tights.

The project I am sharing today is a super simple, single tiered skirt.  What I love about this skirt is: 1. the construction is based on just a few measurements and the “pattern pieces” are straight cuts, so it really only takes a few minutes to cut them out.  2. The skirt has a comfy elastic waistband, but since the 1st tier is attached below the belly, there is hardly any extra bulk around the waist line.  (And who needs extra bulk there?)

Materials needed to make the Flirty Fall Skirt:

  • 1 to 1.25 yards of fabric (depending on the size you make and width of fabric.)  I used a cotton jersey fabric so the skirt would drape closer to my body, but you could use almost any fabric.
  • 3/4 inch elastic
  • tape measure, ruler, fabric marker
  • basic sewing supplies
*Seam allowances are 1/4 inch unless otherwise specified

Step 1:  Get measurements.

Measure around hip.  Add 2.5 inches to this measurement.  Refer to this as measurement A.

Measure from belly button to lower hip (Where you would like the gathered tier to start.)  Add 3/4 inch to this measurement.  (This will be measurement B.  I am 5’4” and my measurement B was 9 inches.)

Measure from lower hip area (where measurement B ended) to where you want the skirt length to end.  Add 3/4 inch for seam allowance and hem.  This is measurement C. (I went with 14 inches for a right at he knee length – though the true measurement might only have needed to be 13, it doesn’t hurt to add an extra inch to be safe. You can always trim it off later, but you can’t add it back…)

Step 2:  Cut fabric.

For the waistband/upper skirt, cut the fabric: width = measurement A by height = measurement B.  Make sure any stretch is running side to side.

For the lower tier cut two pieces of fabric: Height = measurement C by width = Measurement A  *(times) 1.5. (If your fabric is wide enough, you might be able to make this cut with just one piece of fabric.

Step 3.  Assemble skirt

Line up the sides of the skirt pieces, right sides together and sew along the side seam.  (If you are working with a fabric that will fray, finish this seam with your preferred method; zig-zag on your sewing machine, pinking shears or serger.)

To gather the bottom tier, set your sewing machine to the widest stitch length and sew a basting stitch around the top of the tier 1/4 inch from the edge.  (Many people like to sew 2 basting stitches about 1/8 inch apart.  I’ve tried it, and I agree that it helps keep the gathers even during the sewing process, though I tend to skip the 2nd row just for time-saving.)

Pull on the bobbin thread while sliding the fabric down the top thread.  Take care to spread the gathers evenly and keep gathering the bottom tier of the skirt until it is the same width of the waistband/top of skirt.

Line up the gathered edge with the bottom edge of the waistband/upper skirt, right sides together and pin together.

Sew along the gathered edge.  (If you are working with a fabric that will fray, finish this seam with your preferred method; zig-zag on your sewing machine, pinking shears or serger.)

Step 4.  Adding the elastic.

Measure around waist at belly button (or where you started your measurement in step 1.)  Cut a piece of elastic to the measurement minus 1.5 inches.  The elastic will stretch out while sewing.

Joint the edges of elastic with a wide tight zig-zag stitch (Don’t overlap the edges, just join them- this will reduce bulkiness.)

Finish the top edge of the skirt with a zig-zag or serged edge.

Divide the elastic in to 8 even sections and mark on the elastic with your fabric marker.
Divide the top of the skirt the same way.

Pin the elastic and the skirt together at the marks.  The elastic should be about 1/4 inch down from the edge.

Attach the elastic using a wide zig-zag set at the default stitch length.

Lower the needle into the elastic and sew one stitch, then stretch the elastic until the fabric is taut (but don’t stretch the fabric).  Keep sewing from pin to pin, keeping the elastic evenly stretched.

Fold the elastic over and pin in place.

Stitch right along the edge of the elastic (but not on the elastic).

Try on the skirt for a final length check and hem.  (The original measurement allowed 1/2 for bottom hem.)

You are done!

Thanks for having me today and I hope you will have full making a flirty fall skirt!

Remember to check out Jamie’s blog, Scattered Thoughts of a Craft Mom for more great ideas and tutorials!

 

What is the first quilting project you remember making?

 

 

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: 8 Quilt Patterns for Girls

When I was a little girl, I always enjoyed wrestling my older brothers in the mud much more than wearing the pretty (albeit itchy)  dresses my mother so desperately tried to make me keep clean. That was well over a decade ago. Since then, I’ve given up tackling my brothers in exchange for dressing in my own distinctly feminine style.

Yet, there is still a little part of me that regrets always rejecting the girly outfits and cute bedroom blankets that look adorable in a little girl’s room. Thankfully, FaveQuilts allows me to indulge in my love of all things pink and pretty through their fabulous round-up of some of the most popular quilt patterns for girls. Quilters of all skill levels can choose a darling kid’s quilt pattern by checking out this lovely list of 8 quilt projects to make for girls.

See more free quilt patterns for girls

 

Quilted Blankets for Girls

Borders Baby Rag Quilt — Make this super sweet and quick rag quilt for a newborn girl. As a bonus, the pink and brown flannel will be ultra-soft on a baby’s skin.

Borders Baby Rag Quilt
Sweet Girlie Charm Quilt — Use pastel-colored charm squares and a matching border design to create this cute blocky pattern for a little girl’s bedroom.

Sweet Girlie Charm Quilt
Dolly Dresses Personalized Baby Quilt —  For a little girl that loves to play with dolls, make this quilt with fabric panels that look like her favorite toys. You can even applique a personalized name onto the middle of this playful girl’s quilt pattern.

Dolly Dresses Personalized Baby Quilt

 

Quilted Clothes for Girls

Charming Patchwork Baby Dress — This baby dress showcases your most feminine scrap fabric while keeping an infant girl feeling comfortable. This guide includes directions for making a dress to fit sizes 6-9 months, 12 months, and 2T.

Charming Patchwork Baby Dress
Little Girl’s Patchwork Skirt — Every toddler girl will look simply beautiful while she frolics in this patchwork skirt. Follow this detailed tutorial to sew a simple skirt in bright summertime quilt patterns.

Little Girls Patchwork Skirt
Strip-Pieced Pleated Skirt — If you want to design a patchwork skirt with more classic color scheme, you will love this jelly roll pattern for a strip-pieced pleated skirt. Little girls will look precious in this refreshing yellow and green quilted flower pattern.

Strip-Pieced Pleated Skirt

Applique Patterns for Girls

Girly Turkey Applique — Sew this funky applique pattern onto a shirt or placemat to put some girl-power into your next Thanksgiving craft!

Girly Turkey Applique
Applique Hearts Quilted Wall Display — For even more adorable applique fun, sew this heart pattern onto a wall quilt banner to show a little girl how much you care. This wallhanging quilt also makes a great Valentine’s Day gift.

Applique Hearts Quilted Wall Display

Whether you want to make quilted clothes for a budding fashionista or a cute pink blanket for an infant girl, these feminine kid’s quilt patterns are sure to put a smile on her face. If you enjoyed this post about quilt patterns for little girls, check out our previous post about free quilt patterns for boys.

 Flowers, Butterflies, or Hearts: What kind of patterns do you like to use for girl’s quilts?

 

 

Free Dress Patterns for Women: Summer Ideas You’ll Love!

Honestly, does anything trump the feeling you get when you realize it’s officially summer? I don’t know about you, but I look forward to that first taste of summer every year. With outdoor barbeques, pool parties and , you’ve got a a slew of opportunities to sport new dresses. For free dress patterns for women, you’ve arrived at the right place.

Whether you’re looking for some great DIY maxi dresses or skirt patterns, I’ve rounded up some of our most popular free dress patterns for women here. The great thing about dresses? Besides being a comfy, stylish option for almost any get-together, dresses are super fun to make! Show up to any summer event in one of these little numbers and you’re sure to be the hit of the party! Not to mention, these free dress patterns for women are so simple to make, you can make several. This season, build a closet made up of all lovely dresses!

Now imagine sipping on an ice cold lemonade and kicking back with friends while receiving compliment after compliment on your gorgeous handmade dress. Ah, yes – summer is here.

 

Maxi Dresses

The SoHo Maxi Dress (shown above): This free long dress pattern delivers an outfit perfect for summertime parties and outings.

Coral Dress: Can you believe this adorable dress can be made with a $3 top and some cotton knit fabric?

Vintage Sheet to Maxi Dress: You can achieve both the vintage and the modern look in one dress this season!

Find an entire collection of DIY maxi dresses.

Maxi Skirts

 


Stripe Play Maxi Skirt (shown above): Combines fun patterns and colors.

DIY Maxi Skirt: Take material you already have and simply dress it up into something new!

The Domesticated Skirt: It doubles up as a skirt and an apron–perfect for a woman who loves cute sewing projects and cute clothes.

Find an entire collection of free maxi skirt patterns.

 

Free Skirt Patterns


Denim Skirt Refashion (shown above): Do you have a men’s denim shirt? You can quickly turn it into a fashionable denim skirt with this skirt sewing pattern.

Ice Cream Social Skirt: Choose a stylish fabric and this skirt will complement your figure even while you indulge in a creamy treat.

DIY Lace Skirt: It’s a free skirt pattern that will help you create a lovely piece for your spring or summer wardrobe.

Find 14 more free skirt patterns.

 

For even more free dress patterns for women, check out the 11 Sewing Patterns for Women’s Dresses & Other Pretty Projects eBook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 What are you looking forward to sewing this summer?