When I was living in Japan I noticed a gap in my wardrobe and decided to fill it with some simple linen skirts. I ended up making 4 and they quickly became my go-to pieces. After a bunch of requests, I have made a little tutorial explaining how easy it is to make one for yourself. Keep reading to find out how!
You will need:
– 2 meters of woven fabric (120cm – 138cm wide)
– Matching thread
– 1-inch wide elastic to fit your waist
– Iron & Ironing Board
- With prewashed fabric cut 2 trapezoid shapes. You may need more if you are taller or less if you are shorter. The top of my trapezoid measured 66cm and the bottom measured 115cm.
- Sew up the side seams. I like to french seam my sides to make them super strong and neat. Here is a video about how to french seam here. Your iron will come in handy here!
- Make a casing for elastic by doing a double fold at the top of the skirt. Then thread through the elastic, secure and close up the casing. There is a great tutorial for doing this here.
Update 31/03/2020: A couple of people have asked me how I make my waistband match up with diagonal seams. For the most part, I haven’t had any issues with that using linen. When I have, its been very minor and I have been able to slightly stretch (very gently) or bunch the fabric to make the seams match up. With this skirt I didn’t have any problems matching up the seams when sewing the waistband. If you are using a fabric with no give, you could always attach a waistband instead or cut the waistband part straight and then cut diagonally down from there.
- Hem the bottom of the skirt and press.
- That’s it 🙂
I haven’t given many dimensions in this post because it really depends on your size and the length of the skirt you’d like. For reference, I am an AU size 12-14 and I am about 170cm tall. Here are the finished measurements of my skirt lying flat:
Waistband – 33cm
Skirt Length – 94cm
Hem – 114cm
This skirt has so many possibilities for hacks and alterations. You could cut the hem for an asymmetric look like this or add a ruffle like this. If you arent feeling up to a DIY, I recently found a Butterick pattern #5757 that includes a really similar skirt. If you do try this DIY out or have any questions, let me know on Instagram @_diydaisy.