How to DIY a Classic Tweed Skirt

10 Materials
5 Hours

For this project, I made a mini tweed skirt with a cute, fringed hem. This DIY mini skirt is quick and easy to make with very little shaping.

The measurements given are for size 38 European. Add 3/4 inch (2 cm) to both sides for each increase in size.

Tools and materials:

  • 22 inch (55 cm) tweed fabric
  • Skirt zipper
  • Iron on interfacing
  • Hook and eye fastener
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Steam iron
  • Sewing machine or serger

1. Mark and cut skirt pieces

I cut a rectangle 45 inches (115 cm) long and 16 inches (41 cm wide) from my fabric and folded it in half widthwise twice.

See the video at 0:35 for how I measured and cut the skirt pieces

Cutting fabric

2. Insert zipper

Separate the two pieces and mark the center of the back piece.

Mark the end of the metal section of the zipper and draw a straight line between these points.

Cut about 1/8 inch (0.25 cm) either side of this line and across the bottom, to remove a thin rectangle of fabric.

Inserting zipper

With the right side of the fabric facing up, lay the zipper under the slit and pin into place on the right side. 

Back and front darts

3. Back and front darts

Fold each side of the back to the zipper and mark the fold point.

Draw a line 3 inches (8 cm) down from the mark and pin a dart about half an inch (1 cm) either side of the line.

Back and front darts

Pin front darts in the same way, making the central line 4 inches (10 cm) from each side edge and 4 inches (10 cm) long.


4. Sewing

Sew the zipper in place on the right side using a zigzag stitch.

Sew all 4 darts with a straight stitch. Fold the darts towards the side edges and stitch them down along the top edge.


Join the two skirt pieces at the side seams, then trim off the excess zipper tape and serge or overlock all raw edges.

Waistband measurements

5. Waistband

Cut a rectangle of fabric 5 inches (12 cm) long and 28 inches (72 cm) wide and cut a piece of interfacing to the same size.

Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the waistband.

Ironing interfacing

Fold the waistband in half lengthwise and press the fold. Turn in a 1/2 inch (1 cm) hem along one long edge and press in place.

Attaching waistband

6. Attach waistband

Starting at the center back, pin the right side of the long raw edge of the waistband to the top edge of the skirt on the wrong side.

Leave 1 inch (2.5 cm) free at each end for the closure and sew the waistband in place. 

Sew the short edges of the waistband together with right sides facing at each end, and then turn them right sides out.

Attaching waistband

Pin the hemmed edge of the waistband inside the skirt, enclosing the raw edge, and top stitch in place on the right side.

Sew a hook and eye fastening to the top of the waistband.

Attaching hem

7. Attach hem

Cut a strip of fabric 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and wide enough to go around the bottom of the skirt. Serge or overlock one of the long edges. 

Attaching hem

With right sides together and starting at one side seam, pin the strip into place around the bottom edge of the skirt.

Sew it down close to the overlocked edge. 

Attaching hem

Fold the strip to the right side and top stitch along the seam on the main part of the skirt.

Attaching hem

Fringe hem

8. Fringe hem

Use the tip of your scissors to loosen the horizontal threads along the hem and pull them out to create a fringed edge.

Completed DIY tweed skirt

Completed DIY tweed skirt

DIY tweed skirt

I hope you enjoyed seeing how to sew a skirt the easy way.

The construction of this tweed mini skirt is very simple, just 3 pieces plus a zipper.

It's the fabric and the fringe trim that make it something out of the ordinary.

If you'd like to see more easy cut and sew items like this, let me know below in the comments and please follow me on TikTok:

Suggested materials:
  • 22 inch (55 cm) tweed fabric
  • Skirt zipper
  • Iron on interfacing
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