7 Simple Steps to the Perfect A-line Skirt

You can't go wrong with a classic A-line skirt. You can wear it short or long, dressed up or down, and it always looks good. Best of all, the simple shape means you can learn to sew an A-line skirt in just a few easy steps.

A-Line Skirt

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • A-line skirt pattern
  • Fabric (Most are made from mid- to heavy-weight fabric; we used dark denim)
  • Thread to match the fabric
  • 7-inch zipper


1. Prep your fabric by washing and drying it according to the instructions. Cut out your pattern pieces. This pattern has six pieces: skirt front, two skirt backs and three facing pieces.

2. With right sides facing, pin the skirt back pieces together. Sew the center back seam from the hem up to the notch where the zipper will go. Baste the seam from the notch up to the waist. Finish the raw edges of the center back seam and press the seam open. Use pinking shears on all of the seams to avoid adding any bulk to the already bulky denim fabric.

3. Get ready to sew the zipper . Unzip it and place it face down on the seam allowance. The top stop should be 3/4 inches from the top edge of the skirt, and the zipper's teeth should be centered on the center back seam. Baste the zipper to the seam allowance. Close the zipper and repeat on the other side. On the right side of the garment, use your sewing machine’s zipper foot to top stitch around the zipper using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Remove the basting stitches.

Step 4: Sew the front and back darts. Press the darts toward the center of the garment.

Step 5: With right sides together, pin the skirt back to the skirt front, matching any notches. Then sew them all together. Finish the raw edges of the seams and press the seams open.

Step 6: With right sides together, pin the front facing to the back facing. Sew the side seams together and press them open. Finish the bottom edge of the facing. With right sides together, sew the facing to the skirt waist. Turn the facing to the inside of the skirt and press. Use a couple of stitches to tack the facing edges to the zipper tape.

7. Hem the skirt. Your A-line skirt is good to go!

December 09, 2019
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