I am really happy I finished this silk flared skirt… it’s so hot these days that I can really use some cool fabric and such a practical cut.
What has been great about this project is that I made the pattern starting from a basic pencil skirt.
Here is how you can convert your basic skirt into a flared skirt
- If you’ve never drafted your own pattern for a basic skirt, go ahead and have a look at Drafting the basic skirt on Burdastyle.com
- Once you have your basic skirt, you can draw a vertical line perpendicularly from the center of your hip line down.
- Then you cut along that line.
- Tape your darts at the front and back of your skirt. As soon as you do this you will see your skirt opening up at the bottom… into an a-line shape.
- Ensure that the opening width is the same at the front and at the back.
You now have the pattern for a flared skirt… which doesn’t need you to sew any darts… it’s cool, right?
- Cut the skirt on the bias
- It’s now time to sew the skirt. If you are using slippery fabric, like silk, ensure you use a stretch needle and if you have a walking foot it can make your life easier. More information on cutting slippery fabric
- If you notice this skirt has a hidden waistband… it’s very easy to do and I find it simpler than a regular waistband. All you have to do is sew the waistband to the skirt, right-side facing, then flip the waistband inside… that’s as easy as that.
- Attach your zipper
And you are done… and ready to wear your skirt.
Do you know of any other ways to make a flared skirt? Do you have any preferred techniques? I would be happy to know.