Lined Draped Skirt Tutorial

Hello Everyone!

Draped skirts are extremely versatile and flatter any body type. You can wear it as casual or smart. The bias cut front panels make it extremely comfortable to wear. I used a lightweight Crepe for this skirt to avoid any bulky, heavy seams. I made the top with Lycra that has silver and black fibers, which gives it a beautiful shimmer.

I opted for an invisible zipper since the fabric is lightweight.

To make a draped skirt or dress it is best to read the tutorial, Bias, Overedge and Hairline Seams Tutorial which explain how to sew the seams.

You will need the Following:

Lightweight fabric that drapes well and matching lining
Matching sewing thread
Matching zipper (18 cm/7 in) long
Interfacing for facing or a waistband
Sharps machine needle (60)


Place the pattern for the front panels on the right side and on the Bias of the fabric.

Transfer the marks/notches for the pleats position from the pattern onto the right side panel of the skirt. Fold and pin the pleats into position and machine baste in place.

Neaten all the raw edges of the skirt panels with the overlocker. With right sides together, pin and sew the centre back panels together, leaving an opening for the zipper and an opening between the back and left side panel for the pleated section. Press the seams open. Sew the zipper into the centre seams of the back panels. Pin and sew the left and right side skirt panels to the back panels of the skirt. Press.  At this stage it is best to baste all seams together and to FIT the skirt before adding the lining.  Once your panels are bias cut, it becomes larger than the actual pattern, so it is always best to Fit the garment before adding lining.

Cut the front lining panels on the Bias and the back lining panels on the straight grain. Sew the lining panels together, leaving an opening in the centre back for the zipper opening.  Press

With right sides together, pin and sew the lining bottom and side edges to the skirt edges. Clip and trim the seam allowance. Fold the wrong side of the lining to the wrong side of the skirt. Tack along the edges and hem of the skirt and press.

With right sides together, pin the lining to the pleated edge and machine baste in place.

With right sides together, pin and sew the pleated section into the back and left panel seam opening. Press. Baste the lining waist and skirt waist, wrong sides together. Complete the waist with facing or a waistband. Press the garment and remove tacking from the hem and edges.

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