Mini Skirt Pattern – Free sewing pattern & tutorial

Learn to sew an easy Mini skirt - Draft the pattern and sew it from scratch or make one from an old jeans

Parenting is hard work and patience, compassion, humility, selfless love and a big sense of humor are all prerequisites for parenthood. I did not know this when the kids were young and fumbled a lot along the way. But now that I know, they are almost past the age of even caring whether I have these qualities or not. All these have nothing to do with a mini skirt – other than that, my daughter asked for one and I am making it for her.

A mini skirt is a skirt with its hemline well above the knee. Heck, Where are  patience and sense of humor when I need them!

For those of you with all these qualities, here is the pattern to sew a mini skirt.

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Easy Mini Skirt from old jeans

First and foremost, a tutorial to convert old jeans into a mini skirt -you can easily make a mini skirt out of the staple of every home with growing girls – “the jeans that stopped growing”. The kind that has got too short but still fits at the waist and hips. You can convert them into shorts, ofcourse, but with the rest of them, make these skirts.

Related post : Make cut off shorts from jeans.

jeans skirt pattern

Cut off the jeans at knee level or 18 inches or whatever it feels right for you as mini skirt length. The leg part you cut off should be long enough to keep in the gap between the seams.

diy jeans skirt - mini

Remove the stitches of the inner leg of the jeans with a seam ripper. You will need to cut each stitch – the jeans seam is strong – no amount of tug will get the stitches undone other than with cuts made with the seam ripper.Patience, the job will soon be over. 

cut the inseams with seam ripper

Remove till the fly of the jeans on the front. Rip the seam till the waist for the back.

cut off the crotch seams till the zipper end

Remove the loose thread.

Cut open the leg part of your jeans you had cut off earlier.

open up the seas of the cut off legs

Keep that piece under the opening in the front and pin in place.

Keep the extra piece under the crotch seams

Pin in place

The seam edge should be folded down as it was.

Top stitch the jeans pieces together so that the space in between the legs are filled -be careful that the pieces do not shift as you stitch

Do so for the back as well. In the back the space is lesser because the seat part is bigger. You will also need to fold the seam edge.Pin in place and stitch as you did with the front

Cut off the extra fabric from the inside. Cut the hem properly straight.

jeans skirt mini skirt

Hem the jean skirt bottom edge or leave as it is for a frayed look.

Related post : Other ways to make a jeans skirt.

Mini Skirt Sewing Pattern.


mini skirt pattern

Step 1

Cut out the pattern pieces (one back and one front) following the picture below.

Cut out folded fabric with the dimensions for the mini skirt pattern

You get two pieces like this.

open up the fabric

Cut out two facings for the waist edge in the same shape as the top edge of the skirt pieces – about 2 inches wide). You also need an invisible zipper.

cut out facing pieces for the top edge

Step 2 Join the skirt pieces

Keep the two fabric pieces right sides together and stitch them together at the side seams. Leave 7 inches unstitched along one edge at the top to attach the zipper.

join side seams of the mini skirt leaving 7 inches unstitched for the zipper

Step 3 Attach the zipper

Keep the zipper face down on the right side up skirt zipper edge. Stitch one side and then the other. You can follow the instructions given in this post on sewing invisible zippers for more details.

keep the zipper face down on the open

sew the zipper on the opening

mini skirt pattern

Step 4 Finish the hem

Fold the bottom edge of the skirt 1/4 inch to the inside and stitch along the edge.

Hem the bottom edge

Trim the seam allowance close to the stitching.

trim the seam allowance

Fold again 1/4 inch to the inside and stitch the hem.

mini skirt pattern

Step 5 Finish the waist facing.

Take the two pieces of facing you have cut and join them together at the short edge to form one piece. 

Fold the long edge on the outer edge to the inside once and stitch in place..

finish the edges of the facing and join them together
Finish the edges of the facing and join them together

Remember that the seam allowance should be kept open as you sew the long edge.

mini skirt pattern

Keep the facing good side down on the skirt waist edge (skirt is kept face up). Stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.Fold the short edge to the inside as you start sewing. As you finish also fold the short edge to the inside. 

Keep facing on the top edge of the skirt

Flip the facing to the inside. Press in place. Top stitch the top edge and then hand stitch in place.

Flip the facing to the inisde and

Add a hook and a thread loop on the top edge of the zipper for extra fastening.

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Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.

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