The pattern for women's skirt RACHEL
- This pattern contains pieces for three skirt lengths (mini, above the knee, and knee-length).
- The skirt has a hidden zipper fastening at the side and gives a very elegant flowing impression.
- This pattern is constructed in a professional program for clothing pattern development and it is available in sizes 32–60 (find size chart below).
- Every pattern has multiple PDF files (A4 all sizes, A4 individual sizes, A0/A1, sewing guide, etc.) so the files are delivered as a single ZIP archive. You can unzip the archive online or download special software to unzip the files (such as WinRAR for Windows or The Unarchiver for Mac). Please use a computer to unzip and print the pattern, there might be issues with printing on mobiles or tablets.
- When printing, be sure to select "Poster" and size "100%" to print the pattern correctly.
I have published a total of three detailed sewing tutorials for this skirt pattern:
- How to sew women’s skirt RACHEL: Version No.1 - Cotton canvas & French seams
- How to sew women’s skirt RACHEL: Version No.2 - Lace skirt with lining
- How to sew women’s skirt RACHEL: Version No.3 - Simple skirt for beginners
The pattern contains pieces for three skirt lengths (mini, above the knee, and knee-length) and the chosen skirt length does not influence the sewing method. Therefore, you can sew the skirt in different lengths according to these tutorials and you don't have to choose the same length as I did in each of them.
When sewing my skirts, I mainly used a regular sewing machine. You can clean the seam allowances on an overlocker but also on a regular sewing machine (use zigzag stitch).
- This pattern is suitable for advanced sewers.
- The only tricky part is the hidden zipper, otherwise, it would be suitable for intermediate sewers and bold beginners.
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If you are sewing a skirt according to this pattern for the first time, I recommend a good quality light cotton canvas (American cotton canvases are great), or cotton poplin.
Other suitable fabrics:
- Light and flowing woven fabrics such as:
- American cotton canvas
- (the skirt featured in this article is made from American cotton, specifically cotton from Michael Miller: Miller - American cotton canvas)
- Cotton poplin
- Blouse fabrics (airy and flowing)
- Laces - High-quality lace makes a beautiful lightweight skirt, but you need to add a lining to the mix. I generally like to use natural materials, so I highly recommend viscose linings for example - they wrinkle easily but are breathable and so very comfortable to wear. (If you use synthetic lace & lining, you may feel uncomfortable and sweaty in summer…)
- Chiffon - Great for summer skirts. I recommend you try this material at least once. Working with chiffon requires some practice and patience, so I do not recommend this material to beginners. But with a little effort, you can sew incredibly beautiful chiffon pieces. Instructions on how to work with chiffon and other fine fabrics can be found in this article: How to sew fine fabrics
- American cotton canvas
- A huge selection of quality materials suitable for this skirt can be found at Dumlatek.cz
- Not all cotton canvases are suitable for skirts. Avoid cheap and poor-quality canvases - they are usually too rigid (not flowing), bleed color, and become faded after just a few washing cycles. Fibers of low-quality canvases tend to break during washing, creating permanent creases.
- You will need a piece of thin one-sided fusible interfacing to reinforce the waistband (you can use a special waistband reinforcement).
- Basting thread (basting will help you achieve better results) If you want to know more about basting, I recommend reading this article:
- You will also need a regular, closed bottom zipper (for the version with French seams) or a hidden zipper. Your zipper should be 18–20 cm (7”–7 7/8") long.
- If the difference between your hip circumference and waist circumference is more than 25 cm / 10", then I recommend choosing a slightly longer zipper so that you can put the skirt on with ease.
The required amount of material:
(for 140 cm / 55” wide fabric)
- Sizes 32–46: 1 m (40")
- Sizes 48–60: 1.5 m (60")
- Sizes 32–46: 1.5 m (60")
- Sizes 48–60: 2 m (80")
There are three versions of this pattern:
(you will receive all of them after purchase)
- 1st version (one size view) – PDF A4 – pattern in individual sizes with seam allowances outlined– all individual sizes of the pattern (pattern of each size shows sewing lines and seam allowances are outlined too).
- 2nd version (classic view) – PDF A4 pattern showing all sizes without seam allowances - all sizes are outlined “in one picture”(each in its own color) without seam allowances.
- 3rd version (classic view) – PDF A1 pattern showing all sizes without seam allowances. This large-format pattern does not need to be glued together. You can print it on a home or office plotter or in one of the many copy centers.
You can choose what works best for you. The advantage of the classic view (where all the sizes are shown) is that you can easily customize your pattern to fit body types in between the chart sizes. One size view saves time during preparation - you do not have to think where and how much to add for the seams, because everything is already there.
When and how do I receive my pattern?
After the payment has been credited to the account, I will immediately send the pattern with sewing instructions in PDF/ZIP format to your e-mail address. Then you just need to print and assemble the pattern of the desired size. Check out my article on how to assemble a paper pattern from A4 pages.
Pattern, including instructions and all photographs, is a copyrighted work, and any distribution, copying, or disclosure to third parties is prohibited and will be considered a violation of the Copyright Act (Copyright Act, Act No. 121/2000 Coll. / Zákon o právu autorském – Zákon č. 121/2000 Sb., Česká Republika), which may be prosecuted. Contents of the pattern (and instructions) are based on the personal experiences of the author. Your successes and possible failures are in your hands and the author bears no responsibility for them. But that doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Whenever you need advice, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notice to companies
The pattern is not intended for commercial use. If you are a tailor (for example) and you want to use any of my patterns for commercial purposes, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to discuss my options with you and create a bespoke offer for you.
For best results, please read the following:
- The patterns are constructed in ready-made sizes because it is not possible to construct a pattern for all body types (the size chart would get too congested).
- To make the clothes fit the individual figure perfectly, you need to carefully measure them first. Then compare measurements with the size chart and paper pattern. That is the only way to find the right pattern size.
- Besides, it’s almost always necessary to adjust the pattern slightly to make it fit perfectly. (Even if we have two women whose measurements are the same, they will differ in other ways – one of them may have a narrower back and a larger bust, the other may be more muscular with a smaller bust. One of them may also have wider hips and flatter buttocks, the other may have narrower hips and rounder buttocks…) Patterns (and their sizes) are only rough guidelines. If you are going for a perfect fit, you need to perform fitting tests and adjust the garments accordingly. Sewing is a creative activity and you need to take into account that each of us is built differently. THIS APPLIES TO CHILDREN’S AND MEN’S CLOTHES TOO – WE ARE ALL UNIQUE.
- If you are using some pattern for the first time, always sew a “test sample” from a cheaper fabric first. Mark any adjustments in the paper pattern and then use it to sew the final product. It is a classic tailoring method. No two fabrics are the same, therefore, please note that what works with one fabric may not work with another. That is why you should always sew test samples. Sewing is not like baking, you can’t just pick the pattern and expect the perfect results without some measuring, testing, and adjusting. That’s just how it works.
- I also recommend temporarily stitching all seams that affect circumferences (such as side seams, instep seams, etc.) before sewing. So, you can try the garment on and adjust it if necessary. Do not underestimate ironing and testing the clothes during the sewing process.
- Also, don’t forget to carefully mark seam allowances. Beginners often forget about them. It is necessary to measure seam allowances with the measuring tape around the entire pattern and then sew along the correct sewing lines – seam allowances width away from the cutting edges. Careless work with the seam allowances can result in large deviations in the overall widths and lengths of the individual pieces.
- When positioning the paper pattern pieces always make sure that the pieces are oriented correctly.
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