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Sew a Straight Skirt with Ease

Learn to sewn and design a straight skirt


Are you ready to make your first skirt, or eager to improve your techniques and knowledge of design? Here we go with a straight-skirt tutorial. Learn how you can change the style of a straight skirt just by changing its ease.

The simplest skirt to make is a knit tube. It is a rectangle and it can have an inch or two more ease than your hip measurement. It will fit quite snugly. The same straight-skirt silhouette begins to change as you add more ease to the design. Woven fabrics will naturally require more ease to fit comfortably as you move and walk. You can shape and control the additional ease by adding darts and a waistband. If the skirt doesn’t stretch, you’ll also learn about adding a closure, such as a zipper.

This detailed tutorial is one video in the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.

Teach Yourself to Sew

Judith got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.

Getting started

She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.

Discover methods for clean-finishing seam allowances and applying facings so all edges are neat. To add shape to garments, Judith explains how and why to sew darts,…

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