I just love a good patchwork skirt! Hi there! Jess from The Sewing Rabbit, here. Whether it is a flowy, tiered maxi skirt or a tailored pencil skirt – the mixing and matching of different fabric patterns get me every time. Creating a patchwork skirt pattern is easy to do, all you need is a skirt pattern that you know fits well. I used a pencil skirt sloper, and shortened it to my desired length. With some careful cutting, you can turn any skirt pattern into a patchwork skirt.
*Sewing tip – When picking fabrics to pair together for apparel, it is important to choose fabrics that are similar in weight. I used all bottomweight fabric, purchased in the same section at my local JOANN Fabric & Craft Store.
Skill level – Intermediate
Time Needed: 2 – 3 hours
How to alter your skirt pattern to make a patchwork skirt
1. You will need a skirt sloper to begin with. I used a basic pencil skirt pattern that I know and love. McCall’s® pattern 3341 would work well with the skirt seen here. Trace the skirt pattern onto a sheet of white paper or pattern tracing paper.
2. Using a ruler and marker, make diagonal lines across your base skirt pattern how you want the fabric patches to look.
3. Cut where the lines were marked. Wherever you made a cut, add an arrow pointing to your cut line directly on the new pattern piece. This will indicate where you need to add seam allowance.
4. Cut out your new pattern pieces from your different fabrics, adding seam allowance where needed.
5. Sew pattern pieces together. Finish every seam allowance, and press. Sew seam allowance down with an edge stitch to eliminate bulk.
6. Once finished piecing the fabric together, sew skirt together as indicated.
And you are finished!