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Patternless Skirt Project

Added Jan 17, 2011

by alisondahl

Brooklyn, New Yo...






Want to create a simple skirt in a fun fabric? Then this patternless skirt project is created for you— or someone who appreciates a little bit of non-traditional pattern-making and sewing! That is, creating a skirt based on your own measurements, without a pattern. A relative gave me a pile of Marimekko fabric swatches for Christmas (thank you!) and there was just enough green & blue floral cotton to make a skirt.
I love the vintage look and feel of Marimekko cotton, the skirt has a fun retro vibe and really stands out amongst the many neutral colored garments I own. Have you ever sewn with Marimekko fabric?

Marimekko, well known for its bold patterns and organic designs, has experienced a resurgence in popularity.

If drafting without a pattern is too weird for you, be sure to check out our Basic Skirt Tutorial (left) or check out the amazing Angela Kane’s Basic Skirt free pattern download (right)!

Material Notes

1 1/2 yards cotton, 1 7" invisible zipper



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Classic, Mod, Preppy, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Denim

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  • Pixie_redux2_large

    Feb 27, 2011, 08.08 AMby dilshadburman

    I just tried on my ALMOST finished version of this skirt and even before I’ve finalised the last seam and zipper I HAVE to tell you – this tutorial is amazing and so simple. I followed it to a T and it worked out great. It’s the closest I’ve come to a perfect garment without too many frustrating issues along the way. I will make SEVERAL more skirts based on this basic design. THANK YOU!!!!!

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    Jan 19, 2011, 05.38 PMby threadsquare

    HUGE fan! Alas, I’m in the same boat as susanne2011….haven’t been able to justify the splurge. Yet…

  • Missing

    Jan 18, 2011, 09.38 PMby insight

    I would like to take a try at the skirt, but I can’t print the instructions. I keep trying at this end. Any suggestions?

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    Jan 18, 2011, 12.06 PMby susanne2011

    Love love love Marimekko fabric, but it is a bit too expensive for me. I also like their kitchenware very very much, especially the black& white stuff they do. But also, very expensive. I just cannot spend 60 dollar on a single saucer or 75 dollars per meter fabric, I am a tall girl ;).

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    • Dahlnyc_1352392376_600_large

      Jan 18, 2011, 03.07 PMby alisondahl

      I was lucky to get the swatches from my relative. From what I remember he had requested swatches directly from Marimekko and there was enough to make a skirt!
      Liberty of London, the vibrant British textiles manufacturer, did a line for Target, perhaps Marimekko will take a similar route for those who can’t afford it otherwise.

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    Jan 17, 2011, 06.46 PMby bhs

    Such a wonderful fabric! I love green & blue combination. Skirt is simple but great.

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