Sewing Secrets welcomes Heather Valentine, owner and designer of The Sewing Loft blog. Each week in September, Heather will be taking you through making this simple skirt.

September is National Sewing Month and what could be a better time than to challenge yourself to try something new.

To get started, I’ve put together a simple skirt mini sew-along. Don’t worry; this simple skirt pattern is perfect for every skill level. Think of this as an opportunity for you to get into garment sewing and add some new pieces handmade pieces to your wardrobe. So, are you ready to make a Simple Skirt with me?

Here are some images to get you excited about making a skirt of your own –

CS267_734 CS268_965

The Simple Skirt can be made in about 15 minutes if you’ve got some sewing experience, and it won’t take much longer than that even if you’re new at this! One body seam, a hem, and a waistband – that’s all you’ve got to sew in order to make yourself a great new garment!

Today we’re talking materials.

Simple Skirt – Materials Needed:

  • Fabric – this project is suitable for nearly all types of fabric, but something with some stretch to it will work best for movement. You’ll need 1-2 yards of fabric to make the skirt, depending on your size.
  • Coordinating Dual Duty XP thread
  • Elastic – 1″ – 1 1/2” wide. Something in a fun color to match your fabric will work really well.
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins, ruler, iron & ironing board

So go on – dive through your stash or run to the fabric store and get ready to come back next week  for all the details on how to make your very own Simple Skirt.

Share pictures with us and tag #sewalongcoats.



About the Author

Heather Valentine is the creative genius behind The Sewing Loft. After earning a degree in fashion design and pattern making from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Heather took her talent to some of the top name brands in the apparel industry. These days, you can find her sharing tips & tutorials on her blog, teaching at local shops and sharing her talent in online video classes. Her designs have graced the pages of many printed publications and they can be found in a store near you with the Simplicity Creative Group. This self-proclaimed fabric hoarder likes to stitch the night away and dreams of one day discovering a better way to detangle her thread collection.

13 Responses to Sewing Month Skirt Sew Along
  1. I am normally a woman’s size 4 or 6, how much yardage will I need to make this skirt?

    • Hi Whitney, 1 yard would be enough. Basically you would need the length of the skirt plus a couple of inches for the hem and waistband seam. For a size 4 or 6 the width of the fabric (45″) would be plenty for you.

  2. Everything , in my stash except colorful elastic- just plain ole white. Unless it’s going to show it will have to do!

  3. Hi Heather & Lynn,
    I would like to participate in the Skirt Sewing Project. Would you please let me know how to access the steps? All I see is the one with the necessary materials.
    Thank you,

    • Hello Mimi,
      Each week on Thursdays we will be adding another step to the process. There will be 4 posts on this skirt in total. Keep an eye out this Thursday for the next step in the Sew Along.

  4. Is this going to be a good fit for women who are curvy? There is a significant difference between my waist and hips and I find that a lot of skirt patterns don’t account for this.

    • You may be more comfortable adding more than 1″ ease in the width. Up to 4″ can be added and still have a straight fit. Heather will cover other options for fullness in future posts.

  5. I want to participate but I do sometimes miss info from Facebook. Is it possible to get notifications by mail? 🙂


Leave a Reply