View Full Version : Reversible/Lined Yoga Waist A-line Skirt-in dwnlds

04-12-2009, 09:58 PM
There are several ways to do this skirt, but this is my favorite method. It washes and wears great!

Step 1: Make your a-line skirt pattern based on your hip measurement (plus ease and seam allowance) and your desired length. My hips are 40.5 so the top measurement of my skirt is 42 with ease and 1/4" seam allowance. You may want more ease or a bigger seam allowance. Remember that you will have a front and back that are exactly the same.


Step 2: Cut a front and back from each of your fabrics.

Step 3: Pin skirt pieces right sides together, and sew up sides seams on each individual skirt.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r018.jpg

Step 4: Cut your waistband from cotton lycra. Mine is 7" tall by 75% of my waist measurement. Be sure to measure your waist where you want to wear the skirt. Mine is lower than my natural waist.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r023.jpg

Step 5: Sew waist into a tube by sewing the ends together (right sides together).
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r025.jpg

Step 6: Fold waistband in half with wrong sides together (seams to the inside). Mine is now 3.5" by 75% of my waist measurement.

Step 7: Mark quarter points on both skirts and your waistband.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r028.jpg

Step 8: Pin skirts and waistband together matching quarter points, and put the waistband seam at the center back of your skirts. Right sides of fabric will always touch each other. Mine is layered fabric A right side up, waist band (right sides out), fabric B right side down. To reduce bulk, nest your seams. Make each seam go the opposite direction.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r030.jpg

Step 9: Serge or sew (with zig-zag or other stitch) waist seam.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r031.jpg

View of serged seam
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r033.jpg

Step 10: Flip skirt out, and hem each skirt.
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r036.jpg

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r039.jpg

You are finished!

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r040.jpg

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/yoga%20skirt/yogaskirttutandeaste r043.jpg

-You could tack the bottom edge of each skirt to each other so they don't show from the reverse.
-I have made lined skirts (non-reversible) the same way, but I cut my lining 1/2" shorter than my skirt. I then hem it the same way.

04-12-2009, 11:20 PM
Cute--- thanks for posting it, your instructions are nice and clear! :) I am thinking about making one of these (non reversible but lined) for Katie and I to wear for Mother's day :)

04-12-2009, 11:21 PM
I guess my only question is that after step six did you have the seam of the waistband line up in the back or just pick a side of the skirt? :)

04-13-2009, 07:25 AM

04-13-2009, 07:31 AM
I lined up the back of the waistband at the center back of the skirt, but you could also do it at the side.

04-13-2009, 07:31 AM
Looks great, Mel. Thank you for sharing.

04-13-2009, 07:37 AM
that looks great! Thanks for sharing!

04-13-2009, 07:52 AM
Thank you for taking the time to make the tutorial. Very helpful.

04-13-2009, 08:30 AM

04-13-2009, 09:09 AM
Thank you, I still get a little lost in Step 8 but I will wait to have the fabrics cut and ready to go and maybe then I will be able to understand.

Thanks for taking the time.

04-13-2009, 09:33 AM
Don't they shift and show with two unattached layers?

04-13-2009, 09:53 AM
Don't they shift and show with two unattached layers?

If you tack them, they are just fine. Mine isn't tacked, and it doesn't show. Remember, they are are the same length. If you want, you could sew the two layers together at the bottom. I cut these two pieces on opposite grains (because I only had 1 yard of one fabric) so I couldn't sew them together, but I also just prefer the 2 layers.

04-13-2009, 10:13 AM
that looks great! I might try one of these when it gets warmer! thanks for posting that.

04-14-2009, 01:37 AM
Whoa! This is fantastic! Thanks for taking the time to write this tutorial, Mel! Your instructions are so clear. I'm going to try this really soon.

I'm also intrigued by the Dritz Ezy-Hem -- I've never seen anything like it here. What a neat idea.

04-14-2009, 02:09 AM
Thank you Mel~I like your EZ hem tool!!

04-14-2009, 07:51 AM
Dritz should pay ME for the many dritz ezy hems that I have told students to buy (or as I have bought...have a few)! Seriously! It is my favorite tool! When I first learned to sew, we had to use the seam guage, measure, and iron every 2 inches. This will let me iron 8" of hem at once. One side does circle hems, and the other side does straight. I will stop the advertising now becase Dritz does NOT pay me! :wink:

04-20-2009, 02:10 AM
very nice

04-20-2009, 07:25 AM
Very cute. And that looks super easy. Maybe that is our next sewing playdate!
I want to get some cute fabric for me this summer.

04-20-2009, 07:41 AM
This is fantastic!

04-20-2009, 12:13 PM
subbing so that after I have baby #3 I will make this

04-21-2009, 02:27 PM
Great job! I did a single layer one a few weeks ago! I had to figure it out the hard way. Glad to see I did it right :)

04-25-2009, 09:23 AM
Very nice, easy skirt! Looks great Mel!

05-06-2009, 08:16 PM
Thanks. . .just what I needed!

05-06-2009, 08:57 PM
This is great. I love how comfy yoga pants are, so I bet this skirt would be super comfy. Think I will need to try it this weekend. Thanks

05-07-2009, 06:18 AM
Yay! I am going to have to try this!

05-23-2009, 11:21 AM
subbing so I can find this when I have time to sew my skirt! :)

05-23-2009, 03:23 PM
subbing so I can find this when I have time to sew my skirt! :)

No need. It is in the free patterns section for adults. :cheerful:


05-26-2009, 10:01 PM
This is saving my bacon tonight. THANK YOU!

05-29-2009, 10:42 AM
Thanks Mel--this is great :cheerful:

05-30-2009, 01:23 PM
I love it! Thanks for posting. My new job will have me going back and forth between the office and the classroom so this would be perfect.

07-29-2009, 11:53 AM
i am most excited about looking for the ez hem tool. Never seen that before!

07-29-2009, 11:47 PM
I made one of these a few weeks ago that I got from the pattern section and it came out great!

04-10-2010, 08:45 PM
This tutorial is fabulous! I just made one (my first clothes sewn for myself since I was about 12) and it was so straightforward! I'm making one for my SIL for her birthday next and will probably make another couple for myself after that. I don't have any summer maternity clothes and this will be perfect for the second/third trimester and early postpartum time. Then next year I'll make smaller ones for my hopefully smaller self.

04-11-2010, 02:00 AM
Thats great. I always wanted to know how to get the measurement for the waistband like that. THANKS!

04-11-2010, 02:14 AM
How cool! Thank you!!! :yeadance:

04-23-2010, 12:57 PM
I have a beginners question regarding this skirt. Since the wiastband is smaller than the skirt when sewing together do you stretch the band to fit as you sew or do you ease in the skirt fabric. Thanks

04-23-2010, 02:11 PM
You stretch the knit waistband until it is the same length as the cotton skirt. This is why it is very important to mark you quarter points. That tells you how much to stretch. :)

04-23-2010, 02:28 PM
Okay Fantastic that is what I did! I just wanted to make sure I was doing it right. Now I can share on the runway.
Thanks, Mel

04-26-2010, 09:18 AM
Ok, I tried it and I had the hardest time getting the waistband to line up with the marks. I ended up giving up and just doing a single layer skirt. Maybe it is because my hips are SO much bigger than my waist and it had trouble stretching?

04-26-2010, 03:37 PM
Ok, I tried it and I had the hardest time getting the waistband to line up with the marks. I ended up giving up and just doing a single layer skirt. Maybe it is because my hips are SO much bigger than my waist and it had trouble stretching?

Were you using cotton/lycra for the waistband? It will stretch a great deal.

04-27-2010, 07:42 AM
Were you using cotton/lycra for the waistband? It will stretch a great deal.

Yes, but maybe I just wasn't very confident in how much it would stretch. I had never sewn with it before.

05-11-2010, 08:03 AM
That is a great tutorial! Thanks.

05-14-2010, 01:12 PM
Very cool and thanks lots for the tut, I would have gone crazy trying to figure this out with life-with-baby just now.

06-15-2010, 02:07 PM
Thanks for this! I think this will be my next project...if I ever get a chance to make something for me!

06-15-2010, 03:54 PM
OH!! I am going to try this out soon! I just got a new job in an office so this will be great for the wardrobe!

08-13-2010, 11:50 AM
Thanks for posting this. I will be making one of these for myself.