How to Make a Long Skirt Pattern


Many people who sew follow a pattern. While the patterns you purchase at a fabric store are ideal for beginners, you may want to create a custom pattern that's designed to your exact style and size. When you make your own pattern, it can be tailored to your own body measurements. Your own pattern is more likely to fit you better than a skirt made from a purchased pattern. You can easily draft a basic skirt pattern without the use of an expensive computer drafting program.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Large drawing paper or muslin
  • Pencil or fabric marker
  • Measure your body with the tape measure at the fullest part of your hips and waist. Determine your skirt length, which is the length from your waist to where you want the hem to fall. Add 1/2 inch for hemming. Also measure the length from your waist to the widest part of your hips. Write the measurements on a piece of paper.

  • On a large piece of paper or muslin, draw a line going down the left side that is your measurement for the skirt length plus 1/2 inch. Label this line "center back."

  • Take the distance from your waist to your hips. Measure that distance down from the top of the center back line and make a mark. That is your hip mark.

  • Take your hip measurement and divide that number in half and add 2 inches. If your hip measurement is 36 inches, divide 36 by 2 to get 18. Add 18 plus 2 to get 20 inches. Starting at your hip mark, draw a line of this length at a 90-degree angle to your center back line. Write "hip line" above this line.

  • Draw a line going down the right side of your pattern. This should be the same length as, and parallel to, your center back line. This line should meet the right end of you hip line at a 90-degree angle. Label this line "center front."

  • From the hipline, draw a line going downward. It should be halfway between the center back and center front lines. Label this as your "side seam."

  • Draw a shallow curve from the back waistline to the hipline. The rest of this line continues as the side seam line that you already drew. Draw a shallow curve from the front waistline to the hipline.

  • Draw a curve from the front waistline to the center front. The curve should not go lower than about 1/2 inch from the waistline.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a ruler to make lines straight where necessary.
  • You have a pattern block for making a skirt. The center front and center back edges should be cut on the fold and you will have raw edges for the side seams, which are sewn together.

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