One of my favourite, most relaxing things to do after tucking my boy in bed at night is to make a skirt. Yep, even after a full day of sample sewing, tutorial shooting and pattern testing, a mindless, meditative quick-sew project can help me to wind it all down at the end of the day.
We've put together a little round up of five of our favourite easy as pie skirts to make, none of which require a sewing pattern! All you need to whip up one of these babies is your waistline measurement (oh yes, and a whole bunch of fabric, notions, tools and your usual sewing paraphernalia. But still, no pattern!).
The circle skirt
Make it full, half or quarter, mini or maxi, from stiff wax cotton or drapey viscose, but don't ever forget that we have a circle skirt calculator app to take the head-scratching maths out of this otherwise peasy project.
Or, if the scientist lurking within is intrigued by the mathematical equations involved in the making of a circle skirt, head to this post to concoct your own...
The gathered skirt - two ways
Currently my favourite thing make and wear, and with so many fun variation possibilities!
Learn how to make a straight up gathered skirt here, or go one better...
...and check out our recent tutorial showing you how to make a two-tier peasant style gathered skirt here.
For more gathering techniques, check out this post.
The pleated skirt
Universally flattering, and with just enough fiddly technique to make for a deeply satisfying make, pleated skirts are massively underrated in our opinion! See how to make a classic knife pleated skirt here, or bone up on all the various types of pleat out there with our handy glossary.
The refashioned skirt
The party skirt
It doesn't matter if you're five or fifty-five - every girl needs a tutu!
Other useful resources
It's all very well to just grab a piece of fabric and wrap/pleat/gather it around your waist, but what about those pesky - but essential - little details such as, oh, the zipper, waistband and hem?? No fear, you can rest assured that there's a tutorial for all of those too!
See here for our definitive guide to inserting an invisible zipper (& don't forget to check out this post for a trick to get your waistline to match either side of your zipper - it will change your life, we promise!). Choose which style of waistband you prefer here. Get the low-down on hemming curves here, and go for gold with a rolled hem here.