Friday, September 6, 2013

Tutorial: A-Line Skirt With Elastic Waistband

Today I am sharing the pattern draft and sewing tutorial for an A-line skirt with elastic waistband. Since I am using the elastic waistband, there are no darts in this pattern. The drafting is very easy because you need only two main measurements: the hip round and the skirt length. (Waist round is needed to decide the length of the elastic.) Let us see how to draft the skirt.

Measurements needed:

1. Skirt length (from waist to the length you desire---this is waist to knee in my case)
2. Hip round
3. Waist round

Pattern draft:

Skirt (front and back):

A-B = hip/4

A-C = 3/4 inch
Join B and C with a curvy line.
C-D = skirt length
D-E = hip/4 + 3 inches
F-E = 3/4 inch
Shape hemline D-F.


A-B = C-D = hip round

A-C = B-D = usually 3 inches

Add seam and hem allowances to the pattern pieces. 

Let's start sewing:

Cut two pieces for skirt (for front and back) each on fold.
With right sides facing, join the sides of the skirt.

Open and press the seams flat. Serge or zigzag the edges, or trim the edges using pinking shears.

Hem the bottom of the skirt.  First, fold 1/4 inch to the wrong side and press well.

Again make a 1/2 inch fold, press well, and sew.

Now admire the neat hemline you have just made.

Turn the skirt inside out.

Your skirt is almost ready. All you need to do is, attach the waistband and feed the elastic.

Fold the waistband in half lengthwise with right sides facing, and join the raw edges leaving an 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Pin the lower edge of the waistband to the top of the skirt and sew, removing the pins as you go..

Trim the edges of the seam allowance.

Fold the upper edge of the waistband 1/4 inch and press.

Fold down again to cover the seam and sew, leaving an opening 3 inches or so to insert the elastic.

Feed the elastic through the opening (length of the elastic = waist measurement + 1 inch for overlap).

  Overlap the ends of the elastic by 0.5 inch and sew over the overlap to secure the ends.

Sew the opening closed and that's it, you have made a cute A-line skirt.

See you again with yet another tutorial.


  1. I love your tutorials because you always teach me how to draft my own pattern! i will definitely try this one this weekend.

  2. Thanks Kelli. So nice of you to leave a comment here.

  3. I cannot figure this out and have been looking for days for a pattern like this . Any chance you could help me? I been sewing for years mostly making my own pattern even when I use to buy patterns I couldnot understand them so i used the pieces and made it work my way. lol help please

  4. Here is my email looking forward to hearing from you .. I have made four skirts none of which I like :(

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