The suede skirt is something that has been going crazy over the internet throughout the past year. Although I’m pretty sure I’m about a year behind the craze I still really wanted to make a suede skirt. I would have bought one quite a while ago but there weren’t any skirts I was happy paying $50 for, so me being me waited for almost a year before actually finding some suede while fabric shopping in Paris, to make myself the skirt I had been wanting for ages, but was too cheap to actually pay for one when I could make myself some for half the price.
What you need:
- 1&1/2 meters of suede fabric
- an invisible zip
- sewing machine
I’m going to be honest, I actually used furnishing fabric. It was pretty cheap and a whole lot easier to find than real suede. If you can find real suede and are happy to pay for it your skirt will probably look a whole lot better than mine.
This is actually a really simple skirt, I used an a-line skirt pattern which I altered to how i wanted. I shortened it, and cut the front in two to create a paneled front. I also added a waistband which you cant actually see in any of the photos as the skirt is very high-waisted. If you don’t already have a skirt pattern make your own pattern.
I also added a waistband which is very simple and only needs to be a rectangular piece of fabric twice the desired width and 1-2 inches longer than your waist. I also didn’t hem the fabric, I quite liked the ‘rustic’ look. Suede doesn’t fray so this is an option, if you prefer a cleaner look you can always make your pattern slightly longer than you want it so you can hem the skirt later on.
- First of all cut out your pattern, altering it to how you wish. Once you have gotten your desired pattern cut out the fabric. You should have a back panel, two front panels and a waistband. Sew the two front panels together to make the front of the skirt,
- Okay, so now you have your front and back sew them together on one side. DO NOT sew both sides as you will need to insert a zip into one of the sides.
- Sew the waistband along the top of the skirt.
- This is probably the hardest part of the skirt, attaching the zip. Now I would recommend using an invisible zip but any zip will do. Use a zip about 20cm long and sew it into the side of your skirt. If you don’t know how to sew an invisible zip you can use the link.
- You can hem the skirt if you want to, but you can do as I did and leave it un-hemmed.
And that’s it! Thanks for reading this is my first post so I’m really excited. Happy sewing.