12 Skirt sewing patterns to sew tonight
Get set for summer with our collection of our favourite free skirt sewing patterns – sew your new season wardrobe staple with these must-make projects. We've thrown in a few paid-for ones at the end too (we couldn't resist) to make sure you find the perfect skirt for you!
If you've been inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee to start dressmaking, or just fancy updating your summer wardrobe with a new look for life after lockdown, then we're here to help you unleash your inner stitcher! We've compiled all of our free skirt sewing patterns here on Gathered in one easy place, and we've included a few extra paid patterns that you might be interested in too.
If you're still new to sewing, don't worry, check out our really handy guides to sewing for beginners, how to use a sewing machine and how to measure yourself to brush up on the basics. Many of these free skirt sewing patterns in this round-up don't even require templates or paper patterns – all you need is some fabric, basic sewing kit and sewing machine, then with a bit of careful measuring you're ready to go!
Once you discover the joy of making your own wardrobe to fit, you'll never go back!
Free skirt sewing patterns
Want to try your hand at making skirts before you invest in a paper pattern? We've got you covered. How about these easy skirt patterns?
1. Free simple pleated skirt sewing pattern
This simple pleated skirt sewing pattern is perfect for summer, and would look fabulous in all sorts of different patterns and materials. The idea of sewing pleats might seem daunting at first, but they're an essential skill to learn for anyone wanting to get into sewing, and this pattern tells you how to do them in clear easy steps!
2. Free maxi skirt sewing pattern
If you prefer a longer length skirt that flows beautifully, then you'll love this free maxi skirt sewing pattern. There's no template needed as it's essentially panels of rectangles, and is an easy project that you could easily complete in a day!
- Find the free maxi skirt sewing pattern here
3. Free wrap skirt sewing pattern
Still not convinced that you're ready to tackle pleats yet? Then this free wrap skirt sewing pattern is definitely for you! With it's elasticated waist and tie-detail wrap-around design, it's surprisingly simple and again doesn't require a paper pattern.
- Find the free wrap skirt sewing pattern here
4. Free circle skirt sewing pattern
If you want to go glam with your skirt sewing project, then why not try this free circle skirt sewing pattern that uses gorgeous shiny faux leather! This is a great pattern if you want to learn how to create your own sewing pattern templates, as it shows you how to make your own perfectly fitted paper template (including all those tricky mathematic bits).
- Find the free free circle skirt sewing pattern here
5. Free wax print circle skirt sewing pattern
Not a fan of the faux leather look and want something with a bit more character, then how about this free wax print circle skirt sewing pattern?! We love all the colourful details of wax print fabrics, and this fab pattern also includes templates to add some handy pockets too! (Did we mention we have a big thing for pockets?)
- Find the free wax print circle skirt sewing pattern here
6. Free easy tulle skirt sewing pattern
We're big fans of upcycling, and you may be surprised to learn that this fabulous free and easy tulle skirt sewing pattern can be made from net curtains or netting (or you can always use voile or shop-bought tulle)! We knew those old net curtains would come in handy one day!
- Find the free easy tulle skirt sewing pattern here
7. How to turn a pair of jeans into a skirt
Let's keep the upcycling theme going! We've all got an old pair of jeans where those holes in the knees are getting a bit excessive, so give them a new lease on life by learning how to turn a pair of jeans into a skirt! It's a great way to reduce, reuse, recycle!
- Find our How to turn a pair of jeans into a skirt tutorial here
8. How to sew a lace overlay midi skirt
If you've got some an old skirt that still fits but could do with an update, then how about combining it with a fancy lace overlay! In our how to sew a lace overlay midi skirt tutorial we'll show you how easy it is to transform an old skirt from simple to stunning!
- Find our How to sew a lace overlay midi skirt tutorial here
If you haven't quite found the perfect pattern for you, here's some more skirt sewing patterns you might like.
Treat yourself to more skirt sewing patterns
Still on the hunt for the perfect me-made skirt? How about these paid-for patterns from some of our favourite brands?
9. Wrap skirt sewing pattern
If you're after a skirt pattern that is super simple, can be made in maxi or midi lengths and comes with printable pattern templates to make your life easy, then this wrap skirt sewing pattern from Simply Sewing is perfect for you!
10. Simplicity Misses' Skirt and trouser sewing pattern
Skirts or trousers? Sometime's it's tricky to choose, so enjoy the best of both world with this pattern from Simplicity. The pattern includes a choice of two different length skirts and wide-legged palazzo-style trousers, with each including a zip closure and offering an option to include a waistband or not.
11. Easy baby and toddler skirt sewing pattern
Once your little one has seen all the amazing skirts you've made for yourself, they'll want one of their own! This baby and toddler skirt sewing pattern is super-easy to make, and can be made to fit sizes from 0 month's to 6 years!
12. Skyline Skort sewing pattern
If you like the look of skirts, but feel a bit self-conscious in them (especially if it's a windy day), then a pair of skorts is for you! Combining a skirt with a shorts underlayer, they'll keep you covered in style! They can be made in sizes XXS - XXXL, and there's even a matching pattern in children's sizes too!
We hope you've enjoyed this list of skirt sewing patterns. If you're looking for more fun sewing projects, be sure to check out our other free sewing patterns and if you're feeling ready to branch out into dresses too, you might also like our guides to the best sewing patterns for beginners, blouse patterns and summer dress sewing patterns.
Want to learn how to adjust your own clothes? Check out our how to hem pants tutorial.
Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.