How to Make a Basic Skirt
Added Dec 31, 2010
by Jamie Lau
Brooklyn, New Yo...
Draft a rectangle that is 18 inches long (or your desired length of skirt). The width of the back skirt block is determined as follows: add 1 1/2 inch ease to your full low hip measurement (36 1/2 inches), divide that amount (38 inches) by 4 for a total of 9 1/2 inches and subtract 1/4 inch, resulting in a final calculation of 9 1/4 inches. Label the corners A, B, C, and D as shown. Mark center back (CB) and the side seam.
Draw in your high and low hip guidelines at 4 and 8 inches respectively (or 4 1/2 and 8 1/2 inches).
Starting at A, move in 3/8 inch away from center back and mark E for back contouring. Next, drop down 7 inches from A along center back and mark F. Square off 1/2 inch from E in a right angle and blend to F, forming your new center back.
Mark G at the intersection of the high hip guideline and the new center back line.
The width of your back high hip measurement (G to H) is calculated as follows: add 1 inch ease to your full high hip measurement (34 inches), divide that amount (35 inches) by 4 for a total of 8 3/4 inches and subtract 1/4 inch, resulting in a final calculation of 8 1/2 inches. Measuring across from center back on the high hip guideline (G), mark the width of your high hip calculation at H.
Mark I and J for the width of your back low hip measurement, which should be the same as the width of your back skirt block.