How much fabric you need will of course depend on your size. Use the above cutting guide to determine how much fabric you will need. You will also need a 9” invisible zipper, (if you feel more comfortable using a standard zipper we have a tutorial for that too!)
A dirndl skirt is a full skirt with a gathered waist and close fitting waistband. The concept comes from traditional german costume, isn’t that cool?
Anyway this is one of the simplest and cutest skirts to make, as you just need to be able to cut rectangles for the pattern pieces. Seriously who can’t do that? I think it makes it a really great beginner project. I’ve made heaps and they always end up being total wardrobe staples.
Step 1 // Lay your skirt pieces with right sides together and sew along one side seam 5/8″ from the edge.
Step 2 // Sew a line of basting stitches a scant 5/8″ from the raw edge. Use a long stitch length and don’t backstitch! Leave your threads long and loose on each end. Pro tip: sew an additional row of basting stitches for more controlled gathers. If you need some help gathering fabric, check out our tips for gathering fabric neatly.
Step 3 // Gather the fabric by pulling one of the threads on each side of the skirt. Gather your skirt until it is the same width as your waistband piece.
Step 4 // Lay one of the waistband pieces (the other will be used as the waistband facing) on the skirt with right sides facing and so that it lines up with the raw gathered edge of the skirt. Sew 5/8″ from the raw edge to attach the waistband. Press the waistband up away from the skirt.
Steps 5-8 // insert your zipper, sew the rest of the remaining side seam and attach your waistband facing using this really in-depth tutorial. If invisible zippers make you break out in hives (it’s ok) you can use a standard zipper using this tutorial.
Want more gathered skirts? Check out how to make a really simple jersey maxi skirt here or try out our Brumby skirt sewing pattern.