My First "From Scratch" Skirt

This is made entirely from a self-drafted pattern. I'm currently enrolled in French Pattern Drafting which is setting me free from guesswork altering of commercial patterns for customers who have special needs in getting clothing that fits. I must give much credit to my pattern drafting teacher, Reyburn Brown, for his instruction, encouragement, feedback and suggestions on my first from scratch pattern project! His classes and teaching style are amazing!

I made this skirt for my friend, Eileen, who has a beloved skirt of a similar design. It's a four-panel skirt with gores at the kick, front & back. The gores, yoke, and hem are top-stitched with twin needle stitching. The skirt has an applied waistband with side zip. Eileen chose a medium gray linen/rayon blend fabric that is light and a bit bouncy for her skirt.


To create a pattern, I first sketched out the design of the skirt, then made a mock-up of what the pattern would look like with all the proposed pieces.

From Eileen's measurements, I drew up first, a straight skirt pattern and muslin that would fit her; second, an A-Line skirt and muslin that would fit her; and, third, a modified A-Line skirt with drawn in gores that would show me the correct sizes for the pattern pieces. After making the third pattern version into a muslin and seeing it fit perfectly, I made the final skirt version you see above!