How to make a flap skirt pattern


here is how I made the pattern for the crazy print skirt:

DSCF5016I started with my waist measurement and divided it by 4, skirts like that look best if they are really up at the waist, or the flap will get  disproportional to still go up to the chest 😉

DSCF5017then I drew a line with that length in a right angle to the edge of the paper, and then from there down, the length I want the skirt to have, this way you get a rectangular shape

DSCF5018then I split it up in 4 strips, you can also do 3 or 5 depending what fits your measurement best

DSCF5019and I marked a line 20cm parallel to the waistline (thats about where your hips are)

DSCF5020then I divided my hip measurement by 4 and then took that minus the waist divided by 4

DSCF5021this number I split by 3 (because I have 3 spaces in between 4 strips, if you have 3 strips you divide by 2, for 5 strips divide by 4)

DSCF5022and then I split the strips right that number at the marked line, then I thought I wanted it to flare even more so I split it wider, if you take that measurement exactly you skirt is tight until your hips and then goes wide

DSCF5023I drew around my 4strips and connected the lines, added seam allowance to the waist, hem and side-seam, the original paper edge will be the centre front and back and be cut in fold

DSCF5024then I measured around my waistline, how big I want my flap to be, considering this is half of the front skirt

DSCF5025then I drew a box onto another paper, with that measurement and as a length from my waist up to the point I wanted the flap to end

DSCF5026again this will be cut in fold, so I only added seam allowance to 3 sides.

I also cut later waistband parts, and 2 shoulder straps, but I did so after the skirt could be tried on, to be sure about the measurements.

I used about 3m of fabric, one invisible zipper and 6 buttons.

Next monday I will show you the cutting. If you are not sure how much fabric you would need to the pattern first and take it to the store with you, this way you can test it. the skirt part needs to be cut twice in fold, same as the flap and you probably cant cut the fabric, so you will not have enough leftovers for the waistband and such 😉

I hope this was helpful! If there are any questions left I would love to hear them!

keep sewing and smiling

your TailorFairy



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