Wedge Panel Flared Skirt

OK. Maybe my search phrases are bad...but I just couldn't find what this skirt is called. I modeled it after one of my own Gap skirts. So I am just naming it the Wedge Panel Flared Skirt...because that's what it is!

The type of material you make this with, changes the look of the skirt. I used a thick khaki denim and that made the skirt flare out a little stiff. If you use a lighter material, the flare will be more subdued...

Want to make one? Read on for my step-by-step including pattern making.

Measure around the hip. And 2 inches to this. This is going to be the skirt width without the wedge panels. The skirt I am making measure 24".

Determine the height of the skirt from the waist. Subtract 1" from this. Let's say this is L. I wanted a skirt that was 13" long. so, my L measurement is 12". (I am subtracting 1" because I am going to add a waist band for the elastic)

Now, you need 6 rectangular panels and 6 wedge panels. Divide the width measurement by 6. Let's say this is W. My W measurement is 4".

Draw a rectangle measuring W x L. Add 1/4" to 1/2" seam allowance to the rectangle. Whatever seam allowance you give, make sure you stick to it while stitching the pieces together.

I wanted the wedge panel to come up to 3/4 the length of the skirt. So, here's how you draft the wedge panel pattern.

The width of the wedge panel is W-1". Draw a line measuring W-1". (Mine is 3").
Draw a perpendicular line measuring L/1.333".
Draw a triangle connecting the 2 ends of the horizontal line and the midway point at the height.
Add 1/4" to 1/2" inch seam allowance. (Not shown in picture)

I was re purposing an old khaki pant to make this skirt.

After I was done with the slaughtering of the pants, this is what was left of it!

Whether you are re purposing or using new fabric, make sure you cut all the panels along the same grain of the fabric.

You should now have 6 pieces each of the rectangle and triangle panels. This is the plan. We are going to alternately stitch a rectangle and a triangle panel together. Identify the right and wrong sides of the fabric.

Place one rectangle panel and one triangle panel together right sides facing each other. Align one side of the triangle with one side of the rectangle starting at the bottom. Sew a straight seam (according to allowance) till you reach the top of the triangle.

Open it up. The good side should look like this.

Now, align a rectangular panel with the good side facing down along the other side of the triangle.

Start stitching from the bottom. When you reach the top of the triangle that is attached to the other rectangle panel, fold the combo and continue stitching to the top.

Continue sewing the panel together alternating between the two. Once you are done, it should look like this.

Bring the skirt around and sew the 2 ends now. You can top stitch to hold the seams in place.

Now finish the bottom hem using double fold bias tape. For more on finishing hems this way, refer here (Link)

Now let's tackle the waist band. If you stitched according to seam allowance, the top of your skirt should measure 24" around. Cut a strip of fabric measuring 2.75" X 24.5".

Fold in 1/4 inch from each side along the length of the strip. Iron in place.

Stitch the ends together to make a band. Unfold the seams while sewing the ends together.

Sew the band to the top of the skirt along the first fold. (Good sides facing each other).

It should look like this when you open it up. Now, fold the waist band in half. along the length.

Stitch close to the seam making sure you catch the waist band on the other side. Leave a gap to insert the elastic.

Insert a 1" elastic measuring waist measurements in length. Stitch the ends together.

Close the gap.

And done!

Here's a similar full length skirt I made using a similar pattern.


1 comment:

  1. Adorable! Great idea Mom in repurposing pants!
    What luck in stumbling across your tutorial!


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