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To get started with pattern construction, I have chosen a rather simple project, but one with many options for individual adaptation. The skirt with ruffles is suitable for advanced beginners, both in terms of sewing and pattern construction. So that you can easily share your sewing projects with all of us according to these instructions, I have named the skirt “Fleury” and all projects are collected under the hashtag #SewionistaFleury. The best thing to do is to tag me @sewionista so that I can easily find your work and share it in my stories. Fleury has a shaped waistband and two tiers of ruffles. When drafting your pattern, you can learn how to make a shaped waistband and ruffles. Next Tuesday there will be a little introduction to the subject of ruffles and on Sunday I’ll show you how to construct this skirt with the help of a basic skirt sloper. The sewing instructions will follow on January 24th and on January 31st I will present you my finished skirt.

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New pattern drafting techniques:

  • Shaped waistband
  • Ruffles


Such a skirt with ruffles naturally gives you a lot of design options, depending on the width and number of ruffles. The waistband can also be made of different widths and e.g., completed with belt loops and a fabric belt. I have put together a few ideas for you here, but there really are no limits to your imagination.

So that you can construct and sew your own Fleury skirt, you need a well-fitting basic skirt sloper. In my shop you can find a basic skirt block in sizes XXS – 4XL (EU 32-48, US 2-18, UK 6-22), which you can print out as a PDF or have it plotted. So that the basic skirt block fits you perfectly, I’ll compile the most common adjustments in a blog post next Thursday. In addition to the basic skirt sloper, depending on the design, you need about 1 m of a not too heavy fabric with a good drape. After all, we don’t want the frills to get too thick and stick out. Fabrics made of cotton, viscose, silk, linen or wool are suitable for Fleury, as long as they are not too thick. I’m going to sew the skirt out of a viscose fabric with a small flower pattern in black and white that I bought used on eBay. But I can also imagine Fleury made from a thin corduroy or wool fabric for the current winter or from chambray or eyelet for the coming summer. You could also use several scraps of fabric and sew a tiered skirt in a patchwork look. In addition, you need an invisible zipper with a length of approx. 20 cm and approx. 10 cm of thin Vlieseline H180 as well as some lining material (approx. 0.5 m) if you want to line the skirt.

Here is the schedule again at a glance:

  • January 12 All about ruffles & frills
  • January 14 Part 1: Adjustments to the basic skirt sloper
  • January 17 Pattern construction skirt Fleury
  • January 21 Part 2: Adjustments to the basic skirt sloper
  • January 24 Sewing instructions for skirt Fleury
  • January 31 Presentation skirt Fleury

Fancy sewing your own version of the skirt Fleury this month? Feel free to write your plans in the comments.

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