CS267_734CS268_965It’s time for the final post in our four-part sew-along series! In case you missed it, here are the first three posts:

Today we’re talking about how to tweak this pattern to make a different skirt every time. Try out one of these variations or come up with your own to make this skirt really suit your personality & style.

10 Ways to modify the Simple Skirt:

  1. Blind Hem – Sew your hem with the blind hem stitch on your sewing machine for a more polished, professional-looking finish.
  2. Fuller Body – Make a fuller version of this skirt by simply increasing the width of your fabric in the cutting step. A width that is twice your hip measurement will make for a very full skirt; 1.5 times your measurement will be slightly less full.
  3. Fringe – If you’re using a no-fray fabric such as a knit, try adding fringe to the bottom of the skirt for a funky style.
  4. Embroidery – Use a solid-colored material for the skirt and embroider the hem area with colorful stitches for a folklore-inspired style or just a pop of color.
  5. Warm it up – For a cold-weather skirt, use a heavier fabric such as sweater knit or sweatshirt fleece. Pair it with tights and boots all winter long!
  6. Waistband – Use a colorful elastic that will bring in a funky splash of color contrast to your skirt. Try hot pink elastic with a black-and-white skirt, or even a shiny metallic for a dressier version.CS268_1032
  7. Formalize it – Make this skirt a more formal style by using stretch lace (line it with a lightweight knit), stretch velvet or even a sequined or sparkle knit fabric.
  8. Downsize – This skirt is great for little girls, too! And it’s so quick to make, you won’t mind as much when she outgrows it. With a quick measurement you could even make a matching skirt for her favorite doll in a mini-mini skirt size!FS 0439 44
  9. Stripes – Sew strips of two fabrics together to make a striped fabric, and then sew that into the skirt for a sporty look.
  10. Contrast hem – When you cut your fabric, sew two pieces together – one should be approximately the bottom 1/4 to 1/3 of the total fabric of the skirt. This is a funky way to add a contrast hemline to your garment.

Do you have any other ideas for making this skirt differently? Share it with me in the comments! Or better yet – sew up a skirt for the sew-along and post a link to the pictures of your finished creation! Use our 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.

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