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How to Choose Fabric for Different Kinds of DIY Skirt Patterns

By: Nichole Pientka, Editor,
How to Choose Fabric for Different Kinds of DIY Skirt Patterns
How to Choose Fabric for Different Kinds of DIY Skirt Patterns

If you love twirling, you have to love skirts! When you’re sewing skirts, did you know that the kind of skirt you are sewing requires different types of fabric in order to lay correctly? Some kinds of DIY skirts do not have many limitations when it comes to fabric, but some rely heavily on the type of fabric. You’ll want to choose carefully with a DIY pencil skirt, for example, because it’s so fitted to your body. Cotton is usually a good fabric to choose with skirts because it’s easy to sew with and is relatively cheaper than other fabrics.

Depending on what kind of DIY skirt you want to make, you can find the fabric recommendations for DIY circle skirts, DIY pencil skirts, A-Line skirts, DIY bubble skirts, DIY maxi skirts, and DIY mini skirts.

  1. DIY Circle Skirt
    Like most skirts, cotton is a great choice for circle skirts. If you make a full circle skirt like you'd see in the 1950s, satin works really well, even though it's a difficult material to work with if you're just beginning to sew.
    The DIY skirt below is The Ultimate Circle Skirt Tutorial

  2. DIY Pencil Skirt
    Any kind of fabric that has some stretch is good for this kind of DIY skirt. A cotton blend fabric works well, and then for the lining, you can use a lightweight cotton or silk fabric. 
    The DIY skirt below is the Unstoppable Pencil Skirt.

  3. A-Line DIY Skirt
    You need a fabric that moves and drapes well for the A-Line skirt. These kinds of fabrics include: silk broadcloth, crepe de chine, rayon, cotton knits, or wool jersey. This is the most flattering shape for most women’s body types and figures.
    The DIY skirt pictured below is the Versatile A-Line Skirt

  4. DIY Bubble Skirt
    The bubble skirt is a skirt that's folded under on the hem to form a bubble like shape. You can use linens, light tweeds, and brushed cottons for this type of DIY skirt. You'll want a fabric that can be easily gathered.
    The DIY skirt pictured below is the Bright Bubbles Girls Skirt Patterns.

  5. DIY Maxi Skirt
    These long DIY skirts allow for a lot of versatility when it comes to fabric. For a flowing and elegant look, choose chiffon or taffeta with a lining underneath because these fabrics are usually sheer. A more comfortable and casual DIY maxi skirt can be made out of cotton or jersey fabrics. 
    The DIY skirt pictured below is the Tiered Maxi Skirt Pattern.

  6. DIY Mini Skirt
    As the great fashion statement of the 80s and 90s, this DIY skirt requires a small amount of fabric, but you'll want it to be stretchy. Knit is a good fabric to choose for a mini skirt, but denim and cotton will also work well as long as they have some stretch. 
    The DIY skirt pictured below is the Micro Mini Simple Skirt Pattern.

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