Easy A-Line Skirt


Make a custom pattern and a skirt sewn from it that fits your own particular curves.

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Whenever I get my hands on a few yards of a pretty cotton print, I make a skirt. My go-to skirt pattern is one that I drafted myself, using my own measurements as a starting point. Using this pattern always results in an elastic-waist A-line skirt, made to fit my own particular curves.

After you have completed the following simple steps, you will have a custom-made pattern and a skirt sewn from it that fits your own particular curves. The paper pattern can be used over and over again to make as many skirts as your fabric stash allows.

The simplicity of the Easy A-Line Skirt makes it easy enough for a beginner, as well as the perfect blank canvas. Let an exciting fabric shine on its own as I’ve done here, or dip into your creative reserves and come up with ways to embellish a more subdued fabric with embroidery, buttons, ribbons, and trims.

Required Skills

The project is suitable for beginners.  If you can sew a straight line and do a little basic math, then you can do this!

Topics Covered

More than just a simple sewing pattern, this ebook is like a mini-class. Each topic includes step-by-step instructions and photos where appropriate.

You will learn:

  • How to use your measurements to draft a custom-fit skirt pattern
  • How to cut the fabric and sew it into a skirt shape
  • How to sew a hem
  • How to make an elastic casing


  • How to adjust the pattern for a closer fit, or a less-pronounced “A” shape.
  • How to determine the proper length of elastic
  • Variations

Tools and Materials

  • 1 1/2 yards quilting cotton
  • large sheet (or roll) of tracing paper or newsprint paper
  • yard stick
  • tape measure (optional)
  • washout cloth marker
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • thread to coordinate with the sheet
  • iron
  • 1/2-inch or 1/4-inch elastic to fit comfortably around your waist

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