Monday, November 12, 2012

Self Drafted A-Line Skirt

I've recently joined my first sew-a-long! I ordered Design It Yourself Clothes, Patternmaking Simplified by Cal Patch recently. I had just finished reading the book when Justine at Sew Country Chick announced she was doing a sew-a-long to draft patterns based on the projects in this book. I don't know how she read my mind but it was perfect timing!
The book is well written and takes you step by step through the drafting process. You start by making a library of patterns for basic garments. Once you have fine tuned and perfected your basic patterns, you can use these to add design elements to make a wardrobe of unique garments.
First up is the A-line Skirt! I can't tell you how easy this was to draft. It gave me a lot more confidence in drafting than I originally had. It actually has darts and a side zipper- not just your basic elastic waistband jobby!
I intended this version to be a muslin but I was very satisfied with the fit and ended up liking the fabric I used so finished it into a wearable garment. There are a few minor tweaks I will make to the next version but overall this turned out great.
I had drafted this to sit just above my navel. The skirt ended up being a bit wider in the waist than I intended so it sits just below my navel. So I will be nipping the waist in slightly next time. Also (for those of you in the sew-a-long who know what I'm talking about) Cal has you draft the waistband and hem so that it angles up at the side seams to account for your curves. I felt that the one inch additional angels were a bit much and unnecessary for my figure and I lopped them off.
Next up is a basic tee. We have just begun so if you are interested in joining it's not too late to start!


  1. That's really neat. I'll have to check out the book. You did a really great job, and I love the fabric.

  2. The skirt looks great. I'm doing the same sew along. I drafted my pattern but haven't made a muslin yet. I agree that the book is really a great tool for learning. I am so glad Justine is doing a "draft-along" of this - I would never have done this by myself!

  3. Great looking skirt, Jenny. I need to practice drafting my own designs. This post is certainly motivation to try something new.

  4. This looks fantastic on you! My wasitband was too big for me too...Sorry I didn't post Tuesday but stop by tomorrow!

  5. Wow Its got a chick look Jenny :)
    <3 <3 <3
    I too finished mine waiting to clisk snaps and blog and brag LOL..

  6. I'm really liking the book too! And I agree that this skirt was a real confidence builder. Looks great on you!