Flared skirt cut on bias

Flared skirt cut on bias
Flared skirt cut on bias

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

  1. 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
  2. Once you have your basic skirt, you can draw a vertical line perpendicularly from the center of your hip line down.

    Transforming basic skirt to flared skirt (c) gedwoods http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/drafting-the-basic-skirt
  3. Then you cut along that line.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

  1. Cut the skirt on the bias
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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