How To Make An A-Line Skirt With Free Pattern

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We have another fun sewing project for you! Today on HappiestCamper, we are going to show you How To Make An A-Line Skirt With Free Pattern! You guys know I love skirts, especially in summer. We have several different skirt sewing tutorials on our site, and when I got this sewing pattern from my friend, Debbie, I knew I had to make it. Unlike a pencil skirt, this a-line skirt has a slight flare to it at the bottom. This makes it a great all-around skirt for formal or casual wear. It is super comfortable and easy to dress up or down so you can wear it all day. The included free pattern makes it a breeze to cut out your fabric and size it for the perfect fit.

A-Line Skirt Top Photo

This Classic aline skirt will be one of your favorite things made. With its clean lines and subtle hem, the Aline skirt can take you through a day feeling comfortable and dressed for any occasion. 

How To Make An A-Line Skirt With Free Pattern

What You’ll Need:

A-Line Skirt Supplies

Size Chart:

Imperial (inches)SmallMediumLarge
Waist283032
Hip384042

Printing Instructions

This a-line 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: 

A-Line Skirt Pattern

Pattern Pieces Checklist

Once you have printed and assembled your pattern. You will cut the following pieces. (The elastic length is provided in a cut chart and is not a pattern piece). 

Skirt Front Cut 1 on fold 
Skirt BackCut 2 mirrored
WaistbandCut 1 on fold

Seam Allowance

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

How To Make An A-Line Skirt With Free Pattern

Lay a-line skirt pattern on fabric to cut out pieces

The first step of this how to make an a-line skirt with free pattern sewing tutorial is to wash and dry 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 the pattern you printed out to cut out your fabric pieces.

pin skirt back pieces to front skirt pieces

Lay the front piece skirt right side up.  Pin each of the skirt back pieces right side down on the side seam of the front skirt piece.

sew side seams of a-line skirt

Now on this how to make an a-line skirt with free pattern sewing tutorial, it’s time to head over to the sewing machine. Sew the side seams of your skirt using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

win waistband to a-line skirt

Next, we will add the waistband. Pin the skirt and the waistband right sides together.

sew together

Now on this how to make an a-line skirt with free pattern sewing tutorial, it’s time to sew the waistband and the skirt together using that same seam allowance.

fold down and mark 7" from waistband

Fold the back skirt seams so they are right sides together and mark 7” down from the waistband seam. Pin from the mark to the skirt hem. We are about halfway through this how to make an a-line skirt with free pattern sewing tutorial!

sew from mark to hem

Sew from the mark to the skirt hem.

measure an 8" length from sewn seam up to waistband

Now on this how to make an a-line skirt with free pattern sewing tutorial, measure from the sewn seam up to the waistband a length of 8” .

pin zipper in place

On the left side of the skirt fold the seam allowance of 3/8 “ wrong sides together. Slide the zip right side up under the skirt so that the folded seam allowance is as close as possible to the zipper teeth. Pin the zipper in place.

sew folded left hand edge of a-line skirt over zipper

Next on this how to make an a-line skirt with free pattern sewing tutorial, just sew the zipper in place 1/8” from the folded edge of the skirt folded seam allowance. You will want to use a zipper foot if you have one. If not, I recommend them as they make sewing zippers so much easier. All you do is snap them in and you’re good to go.

sew right hand side of zipper

Still working on the back of your a-line skirt, go to the right-hand side to sew on the other side of the zipper. Fold the seam allowance wrong sides together by 3/8”. Place the folded seam allowance on top of the left-hand side so that it covers the zipper. Pin the zipper in place.

sew 1/2 from edge of zipper

Sew the zipper in place, as you sew feel for the zipper teeth so that you do not sew over it. You will sew about 1/2” from the fabric edge. Pivot at the end of the zipper and sew across to secure.

Fold the waistband seam allowance wrong side together by 3/8” then fold the waistband to cover the seam.

Next on this how to make an a-line skirt with free pattern sewing tutorial, Fold the waistband seam allowance wrong side together by 3/8” then fold the waistband to cover the seam. 

Now, sew the waistband in place with a 3/8" seam allowance.

Now, sew the waistband in place with a 3/8″ seam allowance.

pivot and continue sewing the top of the waistband as well.

When you arrive at the short end of the waistband, pivot and continue sewing the top of the waistband as well. 

Fold the skirt hem by 1/2” then by another 1/2”.

Next on this how to make an a-line skirt with free pattern sewing tutorial, we will work on the hem. Fold the skirt hem by 1/2” then by another 1/2”.

Sew the skirt hem in place to secure it.

Sew the skirt hem in place to secure it.

attach a hook and eye closure to secure the waistband in place.
attach a hook and eye closure to secure the waistband in place.

For the final step in this how to make an a-line skirt with free pattern sewing tutorial, we will attach a hook and eye closure to secure the waistband in place.

final a-line skirt photo

And that’s it! Now you know how to make an a-line skirt with free pattern! We hope you enjoyed this fun sewing tutorial. We love hearing from our readers, so be sure to leave us a comment. This cute skirt is simple to make and looks great with almost anything!

DIY A-Line Skirt Sewing Tutorial

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How To Make An A-Line Skirt With Free Pattern

A-line skirt Create Card

This cute A-Line Skirt is comfortable for all day wear. The included free pattern means this is simple to make. Add this to your DIY wardrobe today!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $20.00

Instructions

  1. Use pattern to cut out your fabric.
  2. Lay front skirt right side up. 
  3. Pin each of the skirt back pieces on the side seam of the front skirt ."
  4. Sew the side seams
  5. Pin the skirt and the waistband right sides together
  6. Sew the waistband and the skirt together
  7. Fold the back skirt seams so they are right sides together and mark 7” down from the waistband seam.
  8. Pin from the mark to the skirt hem
  9. Sew from the mark to the skirt hem
  10. Measure from the sewn seam up to the waistband a length of 8” 
  11. On the left side of the skirt fold the seam allowance of 3/8 “ wrong sides together. Slide the zip right side up under the skirt so that the folded seam allowance is as close as possible to the zipper teeth. Pin the zipper in place.
  12. Sew the zipper in place 1/8” from the folded edge of the skirt folded seam allowance. You will use a zipper foot if you have one. 
  13. Still working on the back of the skirt, go to the right-hand side to sew on the other side of the zipper. Fold the seam allowance wrong sides together by 3/8”. Place the folded seam allowance on top of the left-hand side so that it covers the zipper. Pin the zipper in place.
  14. Sew the zipper in place, as you sew feel for the zipper teeth so that you do not sew over it. You will sew about 1/2” from the fabric edge. Pivot at the end of the zipper and sew across to secure
  15. Fold the waistband seam allowance wrong side together by 3/8” then fold the waistband to cover the seam. 
  16. Sew the waistband in place
  17. When you arrive at the short end of the waistband, pivot and continue sewing the top of the waistband as well. 
  18. Fold the skirt hem by 1/2” then by another 1/2”
  19. Sew the skirt hem in place 
  20. Attach a hook and eye closure to secure the waistband in place

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