HOW TO DRAFT A SIMPLE SKIRT PATTERN AS A BEGINNER

HOW TO DRAFT A SIMPLE SKIRT PATTERN AS A BEGINNER

If you are reading this,it means you want to create your skirt pattern. A pattern to fit your very own shape.

Great idea !

In this blog post,you will learn how to draft your simple skirt pattern as a beginner. This is however one of the blog series on drafting your body blocks.

It will help you to check out how to create your front and back body block.

At the same time have an idea of how to draft your simple and professional sleeve patterns

welcome once again to today’s blog post .

ITEMS NEEDED TO DRAFT YOUR BASIC SKIRT PATTERN

Below are the items  you are going to need for the basic skirt pattern. 

1.long calibrated ruler

2.Curved ruler

3. french curve ruler

4.some markers of different colours 

5.Measuring tape.

6.Paper where you’ve written down all your measurements.

7.Pattern paper

8.scissors. 

MEASUREMENTS YOU NEED TO DRAFT YOUR BASIC SKIRT PATTERN

The measurements you need for your skirt pattern is quite few and simple. 

It is also easy to take.

I however have a full  video illustration on how to take a proper body measurement. 

 If you are interested you can check that out.

For your skirt pattern, you are going to need the following measurements. 

1.Waist circumference

 2.waist to hip measurement

3. Hips circumference 

4.The length of your skirt

when you’ve done those measurements you place it near you as you can see in the youtube video  below.

HOW TO DRAFT A BASIC SIRT ATTERN FOR THE BEGINNER

NOW LETS START DRAFTING OUR SKIRT PATTERN

First, have your pattern paper ready .On the  pattern paper draw a rectangle.

The width of the rectangle  is the width of my hips divided by 2.plus about 6cm .

The 6cm will serve as the zip panel for the backpart of skirt pattern. 

The length of the rectangle is my skirt length.

Divide the rectangle into two.

Please do not divide into two equal parts.Using my own measurements, I made the back part 34cm and the front part 30cm.. This is to make room for the butt at the back.

DRAFTING THE CURVE OF SKIRT PATTERN

First get your waist to hips measurements. This is normally between 8 to 10 inches.

But since I am measuring mine in centimeters, my own waist to hipS gave me 30 centimeters .

I am going to mark it on both sides of the rectangle and draw a line to join the two points.

And now we are going to do some little calculations.

This is to be able to distribute our darts and our curve for the back and the front pattern piece.

 First ,divide your waist circumference by 2. Then divide your hip circumference by 2.

subtract the waist  value you had from your hip value.

For example my waist circumference is 94 cm. 94 cm  divided by two gave me 47.cm.

my hip circumference is 128 cm divided by 2 , gave me 64.cm 

So I will subtract 47 cm from 64 cm and that gave me 17.cm.

 This 17 cm is what we are going to work with. This is the amount we will remove from the  square,to form our curve and  our darts

DRAFTING OF DARTS AND SKIRT CURVE.

For the back dart,I am going to  take   in 3 cm. And for the front dart  I am taking in 2.5 cm.

The depth of my dart for the back is 14 cm long. And the depth of my dart for the front is 12 cm long .

Remember we’ve removed 5.5 cm.

 That is 3 cm from the back dart and  2.5cm from the front dart. That brings the total to  5.5 cm.

Subtract 5.5 cm from the 17cm  we had from our previous calculation.  That will leave us with 11.5 cm .

This  11.5 cm is what I am going to distribute between the centre line.  

That means 5.8 cm on one side and 5.8 cm on the other side.

Remember you can also watch the video above several times to understand better.

 After marking that, I will  measure 1 cm upwards  from where I have the 5.8cm points .

Now , to  get the hip curve, we are going to use our curve ruler  and draw  from that 1 cm point to meet with the hip  line.

I  will do the same for the opposite side.

The front and the back curve of the skirt pattern is now ready.

FRONT SKIRT PATTERN
BACK SKIRT PATTERN

FINAL SHAPING OF THE SKIRT PATTERN

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 What you need  to do next is  to make up for the  one cm that was added to  the curved end.

To do that,add 0.5 cm on each leg  of the front and back  darts. Then  use your curve ruler to join these  dots to the edge of your skirt

Please watch the video to see exactly how you can do that.So that your skirt pattern can come out perfect.

CONCLUSION

That is the simplest way you can draft your basic skirt block pattern.

If there’s anything you do not understand Do not hesitate to drop your comments

 I know the calculations may seem  confusing initially the first time.

But if you watch the video several  times,you’ll be able to understand it very well.

What you should particularly remember is:

That your darts for the front is shorter than your darts for the back. So it depends on you but it should not

be more than 5 inches for the front and 4 inches for the back.

 If your curve is too much you could decide to add a little bit more to your darts width or even better create two darts.

This is so that you’ will have a skirt curve that will not fold at the hips after you sew.

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