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Tips & Techniques > Draft a skirt slope in 4 easy steps

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Posted on: 2/8/13 6:02 AM
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Measurements you will need for this pattern are:

Waist (divided by 4. we will refer as 4W)
Hips (divided by 4.Refer as 4H)
CDA: Distance between your waist and your hips.
CS: Measure from your waist until the size would like your skirt to be in cm.


Use pattern paper, spot and cross or any other paper that have a large enough because you will draw both side of the pattern (front/ back) at the same time.
Pencil and eraser
Long ruler & french curve.
Tape measure

Photo Step By Step

Step 01:

Create a horizontal and vertical line 3 cm from the edge of the paper they are your margins.
Make a rectangle for front/ back with measurement 4H(horizontal margin) and desired skirt length.( vertical margin).

Step 02:

Measure and mark a doted line on the vertical margin marking your CDA. This is your hip line. I find having it on a pattern its helpful for later alterations.
To create the waist, in the same horizontal line, mark the distance of your 4W + 3 cm. If you don't want to add darts to your skirts, omit the 3 cm.
Lower 1,5 cm in the junction of horizontal margin and vertical and create a dot.

Step 03:

On your waistline, connect those dots in a curve shape (you can use the French curve or flexible ruler) at front and back pattern.
Only if you are adding a dart: Measure your waistline (4W+3 )and mark a dot to mark the middle. That will be the dart axe. Draw a line down with length is 10 cm front and 12 cm back. Measure 1 cm from each side of the axis and connect to the line forming the dart.

Step 04:

At the side seam, at the point of your waist connect to the CDA in a curved shape ( I used a curved rule)

Done!Taper the sides to make it from straight to pencil.

Please remember to add your seam allowance and fitting insurance. I like cutting my fabric with an extra 3 cm so I can overlock the excess (1,5 cm) and the inside looks really neat.
The line of the pattern is your stitching line.

Preserve your pattern by fusing the paper on fusible interface.

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Jacinta said... (2/18/13 10:24 PM) Reply
I've never been able to draft a proper skirt.. I'll give this a try, with much thanks.
SewRaeMe said... (2/8/13 10:56 AM) Reply
I will try this out, thanks for the info.
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