How To Make A Fishtail Skirt With Free Pattern

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Skirts have been my go-to choice lately and I have a new favorite. Today on HappiestCamper, we show you How To Make A Fishtail Skirt With Free Pattern! With its elastic waistband and generous fit, you will be comfortable all day long. Whether at work or play, the Fish Tail skirt is the one to wear! I have been wanting to make one of these for a while. When my sewing friend, Debbie, showed me this pattern, I knew I had to share it with you! I love these vibrant colors, but you could make this with a solid or a different patterned fabric if you wanted. I recommend using light fabrics. If you go with a woven fabric, I suggest a satin or lightweight cotton fabric for comfort. If you are using a knit fabric, I suggest a double brushed poly or a jersey material. Paired with the elastic waistband, this might be the most comfortable skirt in your closet when you are done!

fishtail skirt top photo

What is even more awesome is that this skirt can be made from either woven or knit fabrics. Choose your style and mesmerize others with this glamourous skirt. Flow and float away in this easy to sew beautiful fishtail skirt. Gather up your supplies from the list below and let’s get started!

How To Make A Fishtail Skirt With Free Pattern

What You’ll Need:

supplies for fishtail skirt

Size Chart:

Imperial (inches)SmallMediumLarge
Waist283032
Hip384042

Printing Instructions

This fishtail skirt pattern has layers, so that you can choose to print only the size you need. To achieve this Adobe Reader must be installed on your machine or device. Adobe Reader allows you to click on the layers icon which will show you each size with an eyeball beside it. Click on the eyeball beside the size you do not want to print.

Before printing check that your printer is set to No scaling or Actual size. Set the Page orientation to Auto or Portrait. And then print page 1. Measure the 2” test square to see if it measures exactly 2”.  If it does, print the remaining pages.

Trimming Pages

Cut off the right and top margins of each printed page before assembling the pattern. You can use tape or school glue to adhere your paper pattern together. 

Pattern Assembly

After the pages have been printed and trimmed as instructed above, use the quarter circles located at the corner of each page for perfect alignment.  When done your pattern should look like this: 

Pattern Pieces Checklist

Once you have printed and assembled your pattern. You will cut the following pieces. 

Cut your elastic length is 1” less than your waist measurement. 

Skirt FrontCut 1 on  fold 
Skirt  BackCut 1 on  fold 

Seam Allowance

Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed.

How To Make A Fishtail Skirt With Free Pattern

use pattern to cut out fishtail skirt fabric pieces
use pattern to cut out fabric

The first step in this how to make a fishtail skirt with free sewing pattern is to wash, dry, and iron your fabric. This acts as a preshrink and makes it easier to cut, as well as making your fabric softer. Next, go ahead and lay out your pattern piece onto your fabric and cut out your pieces.

pin the front and back skirt pieces together

Place the front and the back skirt pieces right sides together, pin at the side seam and sew using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

set sewing machine to zigzag stitch

Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch and finish the raw edges for a smooth look.

sew hem straight

Next on this how to make a fishtail skirt with free pattern, we will work on the hem. To help you in hemming the curved edges of the skirt, sew a straight stitch 3/8 “ from the skirt hem.

fold hem and sew

Fold the hem of the skirt first along the stitch line, then fold once again another 3/8”. This will enclose the raw edges of the skirt.

sew fishtail skirt closed

Now on this how to make a fishtail skirt with free pattern, we can sew it closed. Sew 1/8” from the folded edge of the skirt hem. 

sew a gathering stitch

Now we will work on the waist of your fishtail skirt. Start by sewing a gathering stitch at the skirt waist. We are about halfway through this fun tutorial!

cut elastic and sew ends

Take your elastic piece you cut and fold it in half. Overlap the ends by about half an inch and sew them together.

pin elastic to fishtail skirt

Gather the skirt waist to fit the width of the elastic. Pin the elastic and the skirt right sides together.

sew elastic to skirt

With right sides together, sew the elastic to the skirt with a zigzag stitch. Also zigzag stitch the raw edges of the elastic and skirt seam to finish the edges.

final fishtail skirt

And that’s it! Now you know how to make a fishtail skirt with free pattern. This cute and trendy skirt is sure to turn heads. Wear it casually with a t-shirt or dress it up with your favorite top. This skirt has become a date night favorite.

If you liked learning how to make a fishtail skirt with free pattern, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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How To Make A Fishtail Skirt With Free Pattern

Fishtail Skirt Create Card

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10.00

Instructions

  1. Print and assemble your pattern. Use it to cut out your fabric pieces.
  2. Place the front and the back skirt pieces right sides together, pin at the side seam and sew.
  3. Sew your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch and finish the raw edges 
  4. To help you in hemming the curved edges of the skirt, sew a straight stitch  3/8 “ from the skirt hem.
  5. Fold the hem of the skirt first along the stitch line, then fold once again another 3/8”.
  6. Sew 1/8” from the folded edge of the skirt hem. 
  7. Sew a gathering stitch at the skirt waist.
  8. Fold your elastic in half and sew together
  9. Gather the skirt waist to fit the width of the elastic. Pin the elastic and the skirt right sides together.
  10. With right sides together, sew the elastic to the skirt with a zigzag stitch. Also zigzag stitch the raw edges of the elastic and skirt seam to finish the edges.
  11. Enjoy your fun fishtail skirt!

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