Gathered skirts are great ofcourse, very convenient, most easy to sew and nothing to say about the ease of pulling it on and off with its elastic waistband but a girl needs a flattering skirt at times . What could be more flattering than an A-line skirt.
What is an A-line skirt ?
Basically a skirt which slides over the hip from a fitting waist and flares to the hem. A line skirt is that versatile skirt which will look good on you whatever your bodyshape is. It flatters an Apple bodyshape – Contradictorily it suits the big hips of a pear shape too
Actually most of the skirts fall into the A line shape – Checkout this post on the 17 different types of skirts you can have – most of them have flared shape. The true A line skirt comes without any pleats or tucks – it fits the waist and hips and gently widens to the hem. You can make the A line skirt in any length you want. Decide on a length which suits you and look out for the fabric. Make a flattering wardrobe staple which you can wear for a long long time
If you want the convenience of a gathered skirt along with an Aline silhouette you can checkout this simple gathered elastic waist skirt pattern
A line skirt Sewing Pattern
Preshrink the fabric first. This is necessary if you donot want a skirt which get too small after the first wash. Most fabric shrink and especially cotton/ cotton mix
Measure snugly around your waist ( Where you usually tie the waistband of skirts ; this differs for all) and around hip and also measure the skirt length you need.
Materials needed to sew this skirt
7 inch zipper
2 pieces of the skirt pieces ( front and back) cut as per the pattern;
Waist band fabric strip & interfacing
Cut out the pattern pieces.
Step 2 – Sew the darts and Join the side seams
Sew the darts for the front and back pieces. Remember to tie the thread tails of the darts( because we never backstitch darts you have to tie the end of the darts with the thread tails so that they donot come loose).
Pin the skirt side seam right sides together, aligning all the seams
Sew it together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance
For zipper opening Mark 7 inch from the top; make basting stitches till this 7″ mark on one side seam. Sew the rest of the seam with a regular stitch.
Step 3 – Attach the zipper
Press the seam allowance open on the wrong side (where you have made the basting stitches and sew the seams) ; Keep the zipper face down on the seam allowance on the inside and stitch the zipper edges to the skirt
Keep the zipper face down on the seam, aligning the zipper teeth with the seamline
Attach zipper foot on your machine
Sew the zipper to the seam on either side of the zipper teeth.
Make back stitches at the start and the end
Checkout the post on zipper application for more details
Open the basting stitches of the facing and the main fabric ( zipper opening) with a seam ripper( I have lost my zipper foot in my fabric stash, which is why the stitching line looks woozy).
Step 4 – Make the waistband for the skirt
Try the skirt tube and see how it fits you at this point . If it is too loose that means too much ease; so add another stitching near the side seam.
Measure the top of the skirt, Cut out a fabric strip of length = Measure of the top edge of the skirt + 1.5″ -2″ extra ( for seam allowance and the projection for hooks).Cut out a 1″ strip of interfacing for the waistband length as well (Optional)
Fold the waistband right sides together and stitch the short sides together.Keep the interfacing inside as well. Clip the seam allowance.
Turn the waistband right side out
Keep the waistband on top of the top edge. Stitch the inside edge to the top edge. Stitch the waistband to the whole edge.
Now turn the other edge of the waistband to the other side and top stitch (stitch in the ditch)
Step 5 – Attach hooks to waistband
Attach a hook at the top of the zipper and a thread bar if you want to, along with a projecting thread bar. Checkout the tutorial for attaching hooks and sewing the bars here
Step 6 –Sew the hem.
Turn under 1/4 inch then another 1/4 inch and stitch the hem. Or you can cut a facing strip for the bottom edge and then sew it as a binding, which is what I did. All aound less frustrating swears that way.
Do Finish the fabric edges inside the garment as you sew with a zig zag finish or serger. Makes for a better garment inside as well as outside.