Summer is here and I am loving every minute of it! I have been updating my summer wardrobe and today I’m going to show you How To Make A Long Summer Skirt – Free Sewing Tutorial and Pattern! I have been looking for a lite skirt with a bit more length than I normally wear and haven’t been happy with what I am finding in-store. When my sewing friend, Debbie, showed me this sewing pattern, I knew this was the skirt I had been looking for! It is super comfortable for all-day wear and it looks great with nearly any top. It is so easy to sew as well so if you have been wanting to try your hand at making some of your own simple clothing, this skirt checks all the boxes. This skirt featured a yoga pant style waistband that makes this skirt feel almost weightless. You can color block the skirt and the waistband to suit your style if you choose. I made mine out of one solid color, but this would also look great with a simple print fabric. Whatever you choose, just make sure that your fabric has a 30% or more horizontal stretch in it so that it can move with you throughout the day.
For this sewing project, you’ll need some basic sewing supplies like some fabric scissors, pins, a tape measure, some thread nippers, and of course your sewing machine. If you plan on sewing regularly, the investment in a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler is one of the best you can make. Gather up your sewing supplies from the list below and let’s get started!
What You’ll Need:
- 2.5 Yards of 60″ Wide Fabric – Knit fabric with 30% or more horizontal stretch such as cotton, lycra, double brushed poly, interlock
- Matching Thread
- Free Long Summer Skirt Pattern
- Optional Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Measuring tape
- Thread nippers
- Sewing machine
- Fabric marker
- Bodkin or Safety Pin
Other Notes: When sewing knits always use a stretch stitch such as a zigzag stitch or a lightning bolt stitch. A ballpoint needle is also recommended.
This pattern is drafted for a height of 5’ 4”- 5” 5” so you may need to length or shorten the pattern if required. If you need to adjust the pattern, be sure to check our post on Pattern Grading – How to Scale a Pattern Up and Down!
This long summer 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.
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.
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:
- Skirt – Cut 1
- Waistband – Cut 1 on Fold
Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed.
How To Make A Long Summer Skirt – Free Sewing Tutorial and Pattern
Start this how to make a long summer skirt sewing tutorial by washing, drying, and ironing your fabric. This helps preshrink your fabric and prepares it for washing later so that your stitches don’t pull out or fray the first time you wash it. Plus, it helps make the fabric super soft. Once you have done this, use your pattern to cut out your fabric pieces according to the cut list above.
Next, take your skirt piece and fold it right sides together, pin, and sew along the seam using a 3/8″ seam allowance. I recommend using a ballpoint needle when sewing knits as it is much easier and sews better.
Finish the edges using serger or with a zigzag stitch so that your skirt has a nice clean look.
Now on this long summer skirt tutorial, we will work on the waistband for your skirt. Take the waistband piece and with the fabric right sides together, pin the short ends together. Sew them using a 3/8″ seam allowance.
Fold the waistband in half along the long edge.
Now we will prep our pieces to put them together. Divide the waistband into quarters.
Divide the skirt into quarters just like you did above, lining up side seams.
Pin the skirt to the waistband aligning the side seams then align the raw edge of the skirt with the raw edge of the waistband. Head back over to your sewing machine and sew them together with that same seam allowance. Don’t forget to finish the edges with your serger or a zigzag stitch.
For the last step in the easy sew long summer skirt tutorial, we just need to finish the hem. Double fold the hem 1/2” and sew.
And that’s it! Now you know how to make a long summer skirt with free sewing tutorial and pattern! We hope you enjoyed this fun and simple sewing tutorial. I love making my own perfectly fitting clothing and this skirt will keep my cool and out of the sun on those hot days of summer. Because this is so easy to make, I made a few of these in different prints and colors to keep in my rotation.
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- Use the printable pattern to cut out fabric pieces.
- Fold the skirt right sides together,pin and sew along the seam. Finish the edges.
- Take the waistband piece and with the fabric right sides together, pin the short ends together. Sew.
- Fold the waistband in half along the long edge.
- Divide the waistband into quarters.
- Divide the skirt into quarters
- Pin the skirt to the waistband aligning the side seams then align the raw edge of the skirt with the raw edge of the waistband,pin and sew.
- Double fold the hem 1/2” and sew.
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