How to Sew a Simple Knit Skirt With Pockets (PLAYFUL)

In this article, we will look at how to sew a very simple skirt with pockets and knit hems. This pattern is suitable for intermediate sewers and beginners (who already know how to sew knits).

WOMEN'S SKIRT PLAYFUL

The pattern

You can explore the pattern featured in this article here:

Women's skirt PLAYFUL


Recommended material

The pattern for women’s skirt PLAYFUL is designed for light knits. I recommend using classic cotton knit with elastane (195g/m² to 290g/m² or 0.5 lb/yd² - 0.75 lb/yd²). Light knits are particularly suitable for summer skirts (don’t forget to choose suitable underwear so that it does not show through your thin skirt). Heavier knits are suitable for autumn and winter models, you just have to combine your skirt with nice stockings. :)


Suggestion:

You can sew the skirt on an overlocker or a regular sewing machine. However, the seams must be elastic in both cases so that they do not burst. When sewing with a regular sewing machine, please follow the recommendations in this article:



Sewing instructions

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1 - Pattern layout

Primary fabric pieces:


  • 1x front piece (cut on the fold)
  • 1x back piece (cut on the fold)
  • 2x pocket piece - whole
  • 2x pocket piece - with an opening
  • You can choose a different fabric for these pieces that is similar in properties to your primary fabric.


Rib-knit:


  • 1x waistline hem (cut on the fold)
  • 1x bottom hem (cut on the fold)


All seam allowances are 1 cm (0.4”) wide.


Next, prepare rib-knit pieces for lining the pockets. These should be 4 cm (1 5/8”) wide and approximately 20-25 cm (7 7/8”–10") long.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - PATTERN LAYOUT & CUTTING


2 - Pockets

The pockets can be sewn in two ways - as classic round pockets or with a distinctive lining. You can have two pockets on your skirt or just one.


2.1 - Simple round pockets

If you want to sew simple round pockets, you can follow this video tutorial:

Take the front piece and put it right side up. Lay the pocket piece with a pocket opening over the front piece (right side to the right side). Pin the two pieces together (in the pocket opening area).

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

Sew the pocket piece to the front piece (just the pocket opening part). Slip the pocket piece under the skirt. You can let the edge of the pocket piece peek out slightly above the edge of the pocket opening of the front piece - it creates an interesting contrasting element. If you don't want to do that, place the pocket piece so that no part of it peeks out. Pin (or baste) the pocket opening in this position.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

Topstitch the pocket opening.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS


2.2 - Pockets with lining - Preparation

Take the back piece and lay it right side up. Place a narrow strip of the rib knit (folded in half lengthwise, right side out) on top of the pocket opening. Sew the strip to the front piece along with the entire pocket opening - use elastic stitches. Stretch the strip while sewing, using your fingers to help it sit properly along the entire curve.


My tip: I recommend sewing the pocket lining with a three-step straight stitch, even if you normally use an overlock. There will be many layers of fabric in this area and the overlock loops would make the seam unnecessarily thick and the whole pocket opening would be very thick and stiff.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

Sew the second pocket opening in the same way. Iron the front piece of the skirt.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS


2.3 - Pockets with lining - Inner pocket pieces

Fold the ironed edge of the pocket opening towards the front piece of the skirt to reach the cutting edge. Pin the pocket piece with an opening to the cutting edge (right side to the right side). You only need to pin at a few points.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

Now sew the pocket piece with an opening to the skirt - the skirt piece (right side up) forms the bottom layer, the strip of rib knit rests on top of it (twisted so that its cutting edge is flush with the cutting edge of the skirt) and the pocket piece with an opening is on top (right side down). Sew the whole "sandwich" very slowly to keep all the layers in the correct position. Use an elastic stitch (e.g. three-step straight stitch).

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

Work on the other side in the same way.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

Then flip the pocket piece over the edge of the skirt. Finished (cleaned from both sides) pocket opening hem should appear.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS


2.4 - Pocket pouches

Now iron all pieces carefully. The front piece is placed right side down, the pocket pieces with openings are on the back of the skirt, right sides up. Place the whole pocket piece over the piece with the opening (right side to the right side) and pin the entire pocket pouch.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

Sew the pocket pouch. If you have an overlock, now is a good time to start it.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

This is what the skirt should look like.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - POCKETS

3 - Side seams

Lay the front piece (right side up) on your table and put the back piece over it (right side down). Pin and sew both side seams (use elastic stitches).

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - SIDE SEAMS
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - SIDE SEAMS

4 - Hems

Lastly, we have to sew the hems - bottom and waistline. Prepare the hems according to the pattern. Take the first one and fold it in half (right side in). Sew the two shorter sides to form a loop (use elastic stitches). Prepare the second hem in the same way.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - HEMS

Fold (“roll”) the hems in half (lengthwise, right side out) and pin them to the skirt.

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - HEMS
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - HEMS

Sew the hems to the skirt (use elastic stitches). Turn the skirt face side out and iron it. Wear your new skirt with joy! ♡

HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE SKIRT - HEMS
WOMEN'S SKIRT PLAYFUL

You can explore the pattern featured in today’s article here:

Women's skirt PLAYFUL

WOMEN'S SKIRT PLAYFUL
WOMEN'S SKIRT PLAYFUL


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