Easy A-line Skirt Tutorial

I am Daniela, from On the Cutting Floor. This is the Easy A-line skirt tutorial.  

This post contains a free PDF printable pattern on the material list. Enjoy!


Materials to make an Easy A-line Skirt





Here is an image of the pattern and how it should be assembled. You will print 20 pages that will each overlap by 1 inch. Make sure the blue diamonds on the pages are matching correctly.


In addition, remember to select “actual size” when printing the pattern. If you are in doubt, the pattern comes with a 4″ x 4″ square test on the first page.



Here is the image for the fabric layout on a 60” folded fabric. You will need 2 yards of fabric for this project. I recommend a medium to heavyweight woven fabric.



Please notice, this pattern has 3/8 inch seam allowance included.

1. Take the front and back pieces of the skirt and place them together, right sides facing.


2.  Then, stitch the side seams of the skirt. For this tutorial, I used the overlocking stitch from my BERNINA.


3. Prepare the pocket: Prepare the edge of the pockets by making an overlocking stitch on the curved area and the opening, as well. For this purpose, I will use the Blindstitch foot #5 and the stitch number 8 on my BERNINA 350 PE.




Fold the curved area of the pocket 3/8 inch to the inside of the fabric and press flat with your iron. You can also baste stitch it.


Then, you can also fold the pocket opening 3/8 inch to the inside and press flat. You might also want to stitch it with a regular stitch.


4.  Pin the pocket to the skirt side seams.


5.  To add the pockets to the skirt, edgestitch the pocket 1/8 inch from folded edge.


6. For this tutorial, I used two different stitches for this pocket to add some texture. The edge stitch is the triple straight stitch with a 3.5 length.


7.  After you finished with the pockets, press them flat with the iron.

8.  Now, fold the skirt to close the back and add the exposed zipper. For this part, baste stitch 8” of the center back seam with a 5/8 inch seam allowance. Then, continue with a 3/8 inch seam allowance on the rest of the skirt with a regular 2.5 – 3.0 stitch length.


9.  Add two strips of woven interfacing to the skirt, on the baste stitched area (8” long).


10.  Make a small, diagonal cut to the fabric where the bast stitch ends.


Then, open the baste stitched area, and press the seam allowance with your iron.


11.  Place the zipper on the skirt opening.


12.  Pin it to the skirt.


13.  And topstitch it.


To insert the zipper and topstitch it I used the Zipper foot #4.


14.  THE WAISTBAND AND STRAP:  Place the waistband and straps together, right sides facing and stitch them on the sides.

15. Press the seam allowance flat and pin the waistband to the skirt.


16.  Remember that the straps will be much longer than the skirt waistband, so it will look like the picture below:


17.  Stitch the waistband to the skirt with a 3/8 seam allowance.

Easy A-line skirt tutorial

18.  Then, add the strap facing on top and pin them together.



19.  Stitch both straps together, 3/8 inch seam allowance. When finished, remember to trim the seam allowance about as shown in the picture below:


20.  Now, you will need to turn the straps to the right side. I used a chopstick to do this.  Super simple and quick!


21.  Then, turn the skirt to the wrong side and fold the seam allowance from the strap facing 3/8 inch.

22. After this, press it flat and stitch it to the strap.


To stitch the waistband I used the Blindstitch foot #5.


This is, for me, the easiest way to make the topstitch professionally.

23.  To finish the skirt, fold the hemline 1/4 inch and press.  I would recommend to machine baste the hemline first.  This will make it easier to fold to the inside.


24.  After this press the hemline flat and fold one more time 1/4 inch.


Then, stitch it to the skirt.  As you can see, I used the presser foot #5 again to topstitch the hemline.

And that is ready!

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8 comments on “Easy A-line Skirt Tutorial”

  • This will make a great class at our Omaha Bernina sewing center I like it that it makes use of several presser feet, especially the blind hem foot for edge stitching. It will also be a good intro for those who have never used a PDF pattern before . Thanks for the great pattern and tutorial 🙂

  • Just a question about the image of the skirt in denim compared to the pattern. The image seems to show a seam down the centre front but the pattern and instructions indicate that the front is cut on the fold. Ie no centre seam. Thanks for the pattern.

  • I don’t understand the pattern. In the picture of the pattern there are two pieces cut on the fold, leaving 2 side seams, but in the instructions there are 2 side seams and 2 center seams, in which case there should be 4 pieces to the skirt, but that’s not in the pattern. The tutorial does’t seam to match the pattern, and there arent instructions to add two center seams to the pattern..

  • This pattern has several errors. You should cut 4 of the back waistband and cut 2 on fold of the front. Although that still leaves you with uneven ends to seam them together. There’s lots of detail about sewing the pockets, even though they were left off the original pattern, but hardly any about attaching the waistband. I’ve now made this skirt four time and every time I have had to bodge the waistband to make it fit. I would not recommend this for a beginner.

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