How to make The Draped Skirt

By Georgina Raudino

The Draped Skirt is one pattern I would highly recommend to create. It can be matched with anything you already own in your wardrobe, and is ideal for all seasons. It can also be made using bold prints or subtle basic colours to elevate your preexisting wardrobe. 

In this pattern you will learn how to create a draping effect and insert an elastic into a waistband. These are basic sewing skills for you to learn and add to your sewing repertoire. 

If you are new to sewing this is a fantastic sewing project for you.  

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The draped skirt

* All of our PDF sewing patterns are suitable for both US letter head and A4 paper. Perfect for all sewers to sew anywhere in the world. We are trying to make sewing fun and convientant for everyone.


Printing your PDF Pattern you will need: Printer, Paper Scissors & Sticky Tape
To sew you will need: Sewing Machine, Tape measure, Fabric Scissors, Pins, Ruler, Matching Thread & an Iron to finish. 

Elastic (2.5cm / 1 inch wide by length required to fit waist, with 2.5 cm / 1 inch overlap)

Recommended Fabric

Woven or knitted fabric. Fabric needs to have a slight stretch to be able to pull over your hips. Be creative and use a bold print.


*Make sure you notch all of your pattern before you start. This will allow for a seamless sewing experience.

Pinning the Tucks

STEP 1. Take the front pattern piece with the tucks and pin these tucks into position. Stitch them to hold them in place. Make sure your stitching line is just inside your seam allowance line so you won’t see this holding stitch when you sew your side seams together.

Pinning the drape in place
Sewing the drape in place
Sewn the drape
The Hem

STEP 1. Fold and pin up the hem on the previously tucked piece, using a tape measure for accuracy.

STEP 2. Stitch the hem into position.

Taking up the front panel hem

The Front and Back

STEP 1. Place the draped front over the top of the plain front and pin these together at the side seams.

Pinning the front panels together

Pinning the front panels together

STEP 2. Stitch these together making sure that the stitching lines are just inside the seam allowance line. This way you will not have to unpick this holding line after you sew your front and back pieces together.

Sew the front panels together


STEP 3. With right sides together, pin the completed front piece to the back. Stitch together and neaten the seam by using a zig-zag stitch or overlocker. Because you are using a knitted fabric it shouldn’t fray so you can skip the neatening if you are in a hurry to wear this skirt!

Pinning the front and back together

Attaching the waistband

STEP 1. Pin and sew the waistband together to make a circle.Fold in half to make the tube but do not sew this together!

Sew the waistband creating a tube

STEP 2. Measure the elastic to fit comfortably around your waist. Allow an extra 2cm / 1 inch so you can overlap the elastic to stitch and secure it into place.

measuring the elastic for the waistband

STEP 3. Overlap the elastic and stitch it securely into place. You should now have a circle of elastic and a waistband tube.

Stitching the elastic to create a tube

STEP 4. Slip the elastic up inside the fabric waistband and using a zip per foot stitch up against the elastic to hold securely in place. The waistband will gather up because the elastic will be smaller than your waistband.

Incase the elastic into the waistband

STEP 5. Pin the waistband onto your skirt, matching the seam of the waistband with one of your side seams. Still using your zipper foot, stitch the waistband onto the skirt. Neaten the seam by using a zig-zag stitch or overlocker.

Attaching the waistband


The Hem

STEP 1. Fold and pin up the hem, using a tape measure for accuracy.

STEP 2. Stitch this up using your sewing machine.

Turning up the hem

Stitching the hem up

STEP 3. Press your final garment.




To make it easier for you to follow, watch and learn 'How to make The Draped Skirt' tutorial on our YouTube channel.


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Happy Sewing,

Georgina xx