DIY Draped Skirt

Here’s how you can make your very own draped asymmetrical skirt as seen on sites like and

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1. Fold your fabric in half and pin it in place. Fold your skirt in half, place it on top of the folded fabric and trace the skirt. Then, be sure to leave 1 inch on the side of the pattern, 1.5 inches extra at the top of the pattern (this will be for the waist band), and 1/2 inch for the bottom hem of the skirt. Your pattern should look like  this:


2. Cut out the pattern and complete the seam allowance lines so that they all go around the pattern rather than on just half of the pattern . (1/2 inch on the bottom, on the left side,  on the right side, and 1.5 inches on the top, ). Like this:


3. Repeat step 1. However, Remember to elongate the side line of the skirt so that the line reaches the bottom of the fabric. Leave a 1/2 inch seam allowance line at the bottom, 1 inch allowance at the side, 2 inches at the top. It should look like this:

4. Repeat step 2.

5. Connect the two pieces of the skirt by sewing along the seam allowance lines drawn on the left and right side of the skirt, and top stitch for security and for a professional finish. Make sure the skirt is inside out when you sew. 6. Measure how much elastic you need by trying it on around your waist or hips (depending on where your skirt starts). Leave a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew the elastic to the top of the skirt.  7 . Place your skirt on a flat surface with the front of the skirt facing up, and the back (the longer part) of the skirt facing down. Take one end of the bottom of the skirt and fold (it upwards) so that it meets  the bottom of the front of the skirt (near the corner). Your skirt should now look like a pillow case –the ones that open in the middle, rather than at the top. Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 2.13.46 AM 8. Create a triangle by bringing the bottom on the skirt (the part that isn’t sewn) over to the other side of the skirt near where the skirt was previously sewn. *I hope that wasn’t confusing drpskgif 5 9. Put the skirt on, take the point of the triangle, wrap it around to the opposite of the skirt, and tuck the point of the triangle into the top of the skirt. Pin it down, turn the skirt inside and sew down the point of the triangle.

In this gif I start by grabbing the point of the triangle

10. Take the point of the triangle that’s near your knee, and fold it in half so that the point now meets the side of the skirt, pin, and sew. For clarification: the point should meet the side of the skirt that’s opposite of where you tucked the point into the waistband). Fotor071544255 11. To make sure that all pieces of the skirt is in tact, sew a straight line down the side of the skirt (opposite of where the point was tucked into the waist band). Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 4.20.56 AM Feel free to manipulate your skirt in any way you see fit so that you can enhance the appearance of the drapery.   Here’s how my skirt came out: Fotor071550219



6 thoughts on “DIY Draped Skirt”

  1. Thanks Andrea-Thandi 🙂
    If you like my DIY tutorials, you should consider subscribing to my youtube channel –please 🙂 —

  2. Dear Shania, Thank you for stopping by my site and leaving such a thoughtful comment. I do hope you give the Banana Rum Cake a try…I promise it will not disappoint.

    I know my daughter will absolutely love this tutorial. Your skirt looks perfect. It’s so nice to make your own things once and a while. I am now following your blog through WordPress and will also subscribe to your youtube channel from mine. I would appreciate if you subscribed as well.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Catherine

    1. Hi Catherine,

      Thank you for taking the time to respond to me, and for supporting my blog and my channel.
      I’m looking forward to trying the cake, I think it could be cool to add a twist (thanks to you) to my family’s tradition and maybe pass it down to the generations to come.
      Anyhow, I really appreciate your support, and I will be sure to return the gesture.
      All the best. Love, Shania.

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