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Cambden Skirt

Added May 18, 2011

by lila-1

Auckland, New Ze...






PLEASE NOTE: I am not a professional pattern drafter and I strongly recommend making a muslin first.
Also my instructions are, um, not so good. I am self taught and so my methods aren’t always so great. If you find a better way of doing a step please post it in the comments section so that other people can see and use your method.

This skirt is based on a dress I made (Cambden market dress).
It is essentially a half-circle skirt that sits on the natural waist. I am 5’7", as you can see the skirt is just above my knee. You can easily adjust the length by lengthening or shortening the skirt or frill pieces.

Its really easy, cute and flirty, and works well in both lighter summer printed fabrics or in a suiting for winter.

I love it because it takes so little time to make. You can also skip out the waistband part and add a bodice instead to make a full dress.

If you use this tutorial please post pictures of your creation, I’d love to see how you guys use this :)

Material Notes

Should suit most fabrics.




Garment Type

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    Aug 12, 2011, 03.43 AMby stephaniehotz

    thank you so much! i’ve been trying to find a tutorial for a skirt like this, and you did it perfectly. I’m a beginner as well so the way you explained things was great.

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      Aug 14, 2011, 12.50 AMby lila-1

      Glad you like it and good luck :)

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    Jul 10, 2011, 11.04 PMby lisadbass

    I love it, and think you are a wonderful seamstress! Most of what I have been creating lately has been “free style” without a pattern and I am loving it! This style of skirt is exactly what I have been looking for lately. Thank you for sharing with us! :)

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      Jul 11, 2011, 08.59 AMby lila-1

      Yay thats awesome. Cant wait to see what you make :)

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    May 19, 2011, 10.18 AMby joost52

    I think you are awesome for going through the trouble of putting up instructions. Who cares that you are not a professional, that skirt looks super :) Great job!

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    May 19, 2011, 08.18 AMby adrousia

    It is perfect! i accidentally rated with a 4 . i wanted to give a 5! Sorry!!! I love the design!

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    May 19, 2011, 01.40 AMby elisana

    love it! thank you for posting the instructions!

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    May 19, 2011, 01.23 AMby lorenna

    beautiful design

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    May 19, 2011, 01.16 AMby ccsinspirations

    Such a lovely design! I love how it skims the hips then flares out, a very figure flattering style.

    Thank you for sharing how you made it. Your instructions are easy to follow. I’d love to try this.

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