Make a Strip Skirt

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Ellen March teaches you how to make a strip skirt using your own pattern. It is easy and all you need is a big sheet of paper. Then determine how long you want it to be and Ellen will help you finish it. Once complete, add a simple double turn hem to perfect it.

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19 Responses to “Make a Strip Skirt”
  1. Catherine

    my stomach is larger than my waist so should I use more gores in the skirt or what to make the skirt fit

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  2. ann.withers@btinternet.com

    I’m wondering how you would get this skirt on! As long as your hips are not too much bigger than your waist it will be fine and stretch enough. But if you are pear-shaped there is no way a skirt with a waist, even when stretched, which is only 2-3 inches bigger than your waist will go over your hips; and I doubt you would be able to get it on from the top over your shoulders. For most people this skirt really needs a zip, or for the top (waist) to be made quite a bit wider. Also, Ellen suggests putting a strip around the bottom of the skirt if you have made it too short. This is much more easily said than done. A straight strip would not work as it would not lie properly – it would need to be curved (the hem of the skirt should be trimmed slightly to make a smooth curve rather than six straight lines) to match the curve of the hem; or you could cut six pieces using the pattern and matching the bottom width of each pattern piece to the width of the top of the additional piece and continue the widening to the bottom of the new pieces.

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  3. Rosemary Kask

    This is a very simple project, thus appropriate for beginners. However, the instructions given are some of the worst I’ve ever seen, thereby ensuring an unsatisfactory result for any beginner. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!

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  4. Karen

    The instructions for this skirt leaves vital steps out like hip measurement which is really important along with the grain line down the centre of the pattern. Measure out from the centre grain line (which is the length of the skirt) half the gore width plus ease plus seam allowance and if the gore width at the waist just fits the waist when finished then a zipper should be inserted. A seam and hem allowance must be added to the waist and hem before cutting out pattern depending on the desired waist finish. Test pattern in calico or cheap fabric before making in your real fabric. It is also helpful to cut the required gore patterns out of paper so that you can lay your patterns out economically not waisting fabric. In a nutshell this video should be redone with no steps missing as a beginner would be very disappointed with the result they got from following these instructions.

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  5. Dorothy Yuki

    Sorry that your instructions are incorrect. You should be measuring your hips, not your waist as the base measurement. If you are a beginner sewer, you are not instructed about cutting, grain of fabric, and reason for your sewing. Very disappointed in your instructions to give to my young teenage Granddaughter who wants to learn to sew.

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  6. Melody Lanier

    If making and elastic-waist skirt for someone who actually has hips, you should use the HIP measurement for the top of the gore or you won’t be able to pull it on. Or plan to put in a zipper and waistband. Instead of trying to turn down a casing for elastic you can use wide bias tape to make the casing. If using fold-over elastic (Or wide elastic as a band) you should still divide and pin the elastic to the skirt so that the gathers will be fairly even. Beginning seamstresses (and who started that awful word “sewers” anyway?!) probably can’t guess how much to stretch the elastic while sewing to make the gathers even and the elastic match up. I think you should encourage the use of pins for beginners; as they improve their skills they can go without if they wish. I’ve had too many seams slip to go without pins on anything I want to look nice.

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    • Bjr5457

      So I should use HIP measurements and NOT waist measurement? WOW! I wondered about that. My hips are a great deal wider than my waist so that does make sense.

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    • Bjr5457

      Can you give me the correct instructions on how do make this pattern? I am a weaver and want to make my own pattern for handwoven skirt fabric. I have a handwoven top that needs a skirt to match.

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  7. LINN ANDREASSEN

    I can’t understand how this video is still available when so many have commented that this skirt is not usable for a grown up woman… (And I can’t understand why I watched the full video when it started with a ninja drawing of the pattern, no lining up the center or anything…guess I was hoping the zipper would come eventually, but sadly no…)

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  8. Janet

    Oh dear, these instructions are poor on so many counts! As already discussed it is the hip measurement you should start with, also just stretching your elastic as you sew will give an unprofessional and obviously homemade result – it should have been marked at the quarter points and pinned onto the skirt at each quarter of the waist measurement. Would anyone really want to wear such a thrown together garment as this would turn out to be!?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Janet, we are sorry you feel that way. We have passed along your comments to our development team. We appreciate your feedback.

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  9. Bjr5457

    How would you make a tie waste? What I mean is; I don’t want to use elastic but I want to be able to tie the skirt in the front. Do you fold the top over and thread a tie thru the top? Not sure how go about it.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi,
      There are several ways to add a tie to a skirt, and yes, one way would be to make a casing, similar to when adding elastic, and then thread the tie through it. You would want to create two openings for the ties to come out of the casing, either in the form of grommets or buttonholes. Another way, if you are not needing to gather a lot of the skirt at the waistband, would be to attach two ties to the skirt, one at each side, and then bring them to the front to be tied.

      As for measurements, for a simple skirt such as this one- the only measurements needed are the waist, hip and desired length. For a more fitted skirt more detailed measurements can be taken, which are taught in this class:
      https://www.nationalsewingcircle.com/class/sewing-perfect-fitted-skirt/
      Hope this helps!
      Cheers,
      Ashley

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  10. Bjr5457

    Just read the comments on this video. As I am a beginner at sewing, some measurements seem to be missing. How do you REALLY get correct measurements to make your own pattern? I really want to do this.

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