Our floral mini skirt is super quick and simple to make. It is fully lined and made from lightweight pin corduroy fabric with front pocket detailing. The skirt would look great teamed with boots and a light sweater over the cooler months, or a T-shirt and plimsolls in spring.
- Fabric: corduroy, pin, 1.5m; lining, brown, 1m
- Interfacing, fusible,
- lightweight, black: 10cm x 90cm; 30cm square
- Thread, cotton, brown
- Ric rac, turquoise, 20cm
- Zip, concealed, brown, 20cm
- Skirt front: cut one on fold from fabric
- Lining front: cut one on fold from lining
- Skirt back: cut two from fabric
- Lining back: cut two from lining
- Waistband facing: 10cm x 90cm from fabric (join two strips if needed)
- Pockets: cut four 15cm squares (two from fabric, two from lining) Use a 1.5cm seam allowance
- Sizes 8-16
Make a patch pocket skirt
Download the skirt pattern and print out. Cut the pieces following the guide, making sure two back pieces are reversed (one in fabric, one in lining). Check that the cord runs vertically to the pattern and that the print matches up for the front and back fabric pieces. Using tailor’s chalk, mark the position for the zip and the darts onto the reverse of all pieces as indicated on the pattern.
Iron interfacing onto the back of the fabric pocket pieces and the waistband facing. Overlock or zig zag stitch the raw edges to prevent them from fraying. Pin a 16cm length of ric rac 4cm down from the top raw edge on one fabric pocket piece, and machine stitch in place. Pin a lining and fabric pocket piece together, right sides facing, and machine stitch around the shape leaving a 5cm gap on one side. Turn the pocket through and press. Top stitch across the top of the pocket.
Fold the skirt front in half and measure 6cm in from the fold and 18.5cm down from the waist. Pin the pocket in place at this point. Make the other pocket in the same way and pin to the opposite side of the skirt, making sure that both are level. Machine sew into place, stitching little triangles at the corners to reinforce them.
Sew the darts on the skirt backs as indicated on the fabric. With right sides facing, pin the skirt backs together. Using a 1.5cm seam allowance, machine stitch up to the zip mark, then press the seam. Pin the zip into position and sew into place.
With right sides facing, pin the skirt back to the front and machine stitch up the sides using a 1.5cm seam allowance. Pin the waistband facing to the top of the skirt, then once you are happy with the fit, sew into place. Fold over a 2cm hem at the bottom of the skirt, press, then pin. Hand sew into place using neat hemming stitches.
Overlock or zig zag stitch around all raw edges of the lining pieces and sew in the darts. With right sides facing, pin the lining backs together and using a 1.5cm seam allowance, machine stitch up to the zip position. Press open the seam.
With right sides facing, pin the front and back lining pieces together and machine stitch up the side seams. Turn the right way. With the skirt inside out, push the lining into the skirt so that the right side of the skirt and the right side of the lining are facing. Pin the lining to the waistband facing of the skirt and machine stitch. Turn the skirt the right way, push the lining into place and press.
Turn the skirt inside out again and pin the lining to the zip, making sure that it fits well. Hand sew the lining into place with small, neat hemming stitches. Leave the skirt overnight on a hanger for the fabric to drop. Fold over and press a double 1cm hem on the lining. Ideally it should sit just above the skirt, without being visible. Pin, then hand sew into place with neat hemming stitches.