Make Your Own Denim Skirt for Any Occasion | Free Pattern

APR 11, 2018 updated Jun 5, 2021

Make Your Own Denim Skirt for Any Occasion - Free Pattern and Video Tutorial | Spoonflower BlogWarmer weather is the perfect time for denim skirts and we think every me-made wardrobe should include an easy-to-wear skirt that can be quickly transitioned from day to night, and even summer to fall when paired with a bold pair of tights. Using our Dogwood Denim™, we’ll take you through all the steps you need for creating a skirt in the video below using our free PDF pattern (available in sizes 0-18). If you prefer a shorter or longer length, we’ve included two additional versions just for you! Find the full instructions and download your pattern below. 

Featured designs by boyusya, dearchickie and nouveau_bohemian

Materials you’ll need:

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  • 1+ yards of Dogwood Denim (for version 2, use 3 yards) – we’re using Sticks and Stones (Mustard) by nouveau_bohemian
  • Skirt PDF Pattern, available in sizes 0-18 and three different lengths
    • Version 1: Mini, 15 7/8″ – 18 1/8″ (varies from sizes 0-18)
    • Version 2: Mid, 20 3/4″ – 23″ (varies from sizes 0-18)
    • Version 3: Long, 26 7/8″ – 29 1/8″ (varies from sizes 0-18)
  • one 7-9” zipper
  • one button or clasp of your choice
  • sewing machine – we’re using our Bernina B 350
  • serger (optional)
  • interfacing (optional)
  • hammer
  • thread

*All seams should be sewn at ⅝” unless otherwise instructed.

Before you get started, we recommend taking a peek at Tasha Moss’s top tips for sewing with heavyweight fabric since you’ll be working with a thicker fabric. The tip on using a “hump jumper” will be a game-changer!

Getting Started – Cutting Out your Pieces

Trace your pattern pieces onto your fabric and cut so that you have two of each pattern piece except for the fly shield, of which you only need one.

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Finish the raw edges of your pattern pieces with a serger or zigzag stitch.

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Start assembling by sewing the yoke to the back skirt, matching the notches. Press seams up towards the yoke.

*For a welt seam finish: On the right side along the seams, top-stitch through the seam allowance just beside the seam. Then, top stitch through the seam allowance ¼” from the seam.

Assembling the Front Pockets

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Assemble the pockets by attaching the wrong side of the front pocket backing pieces to the right sides of the front pocket lining pieces, matching up the circles. Topstitch the front pocket backing to the front pocket lining along the bottom and inner edges.

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Match the right sides of the front pocket lining to the front skirt at the curved edge and sew. Trim the seam allowance and clip along the curve. 

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 Turn the front pocket lining to the inside of the front skirt. Press the curved edge and topstitch through all layers just inside the edge. Then, topstitch again ½” from the curved edge.

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Fold the front pocket lining along the fold line and match the bottom curved edge. Sewing only the front pocket lining piece, sew the bottom curved edge.

Prepping the Fly Shield and Assembling the Front Skirt

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Start by folding the fly shield down the middle, wrong sides together, and stitching around all three raw edges.

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With right sides facing, place the front skirt pieces together and stitch from the hem up to the large circle. Clip the seam allowance tobut not throughthis point. Baste stitch from the large circle to the waist notch, parallel to the fly extension curve.

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Open the front skirt pieces and lay right side down. Press the seam allowance and fly extensions towards the left side.

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Fold the edge of the right fly extension over ⅝” and press.

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Place the zipper right side down, and align the teeth with the fold line on the right fly extension. Stitch the zipper to the right fly extension, taking care not to stitch through the front skirt (fold extension away to stitch here only).

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Lay the right fly extension back down, and place the zipper teeth along the left fly extension. Stitch the zipper to the left fly extension, taking care not to stitch through the front skirt.

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Match the fly shield to the right fly extension along the raw edges. Stitch the fly shield to the right fly extension along the zipper stitch line, taking care not to stitch through the front skirt. Fold the fly shield away from the left fly extension. Baste the left fly extension to the front skirt.

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On the right side of the fabric, use chalk to pencil a J-stitch – A J Stitch is a j-shaped stitching along the fly, as seen on most pants. Making sure that the Fly Shield is still folded out of the way, topstitch along the J-stitch line from the waistline to the center seam.

Attaching the Back Pockets to the Back Skirt

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Turn the top edge of the back pocket in toward the wrong side of fabric by ⅝” and press. Here, MaryAshlyn is using a Dritz Ezy-Hem to create a perfect, even hem. 

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Fold the sides and bottom of pocket towards the wrong side of the fabric by ⅝” and press. Trim as needed, and repeat for the other back pocket. Finally, topstitch about ½” from the top edge of the back pocket.

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Line up the circles on the back pockets with the circles on the back skirt.

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Topstitch along the side and bottom edges about ⅜” from the folded edge to secure the pockets to the back skirt. Topstitch again just inside the side and bottom folded edges.

Sew the two back pieces together along the center-back, being sure to match the yoke seams. Sew along the center-back from top to bottom. Press seams to one side.

If you are sewing version 1, skip ahead to attaching the waistband to the skirt.

Finishing the Back Vent (Versions 2 & 3 only)

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If sewing Version 2 or 3, you will need to finish the back vent at this time. Fold and press the vent flaps over ½” toward the wrong side of the fabric. Then, fold over again and press another ⅝”.

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Secure by top-stitching ½” from the edge.

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With right sides together, sew the side seams of the front and back skirt. Press side seams towards the back. On the right side, top stitch through the seam allowance, ½” from the seam.

Attaching the Waistband to the Skirt

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If you are using interfacing, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of one waistband piece.

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With right sides facing, pin the long side of the waistband to the skirt, matching the center back seam with the center back of the waistband and lining up the hemmed edges of the band with the right and left fly extensions accordingly.

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Sew all the way around, and then cut notches around the curve – this is because the waistband is curved, and the skirt isn’t.

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Now, press both the waistband and seam allowance up away from the skirt.

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Sew second waistband piece to the attached waistband along the top edge and center front edges. Trim the seams as needed, clipping the corners, and under stitch.

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Turn the waistband pieces right-side out and press.

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Fold the raw edge under and stitch the facing down on the inside of the skirt.

Install Clasp or Button Closure

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Following the marking for your size, sew a buttonhole on the overlapping side of the waistband.

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Then, sew a button to the underlying side of the waistband.

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I’m using a traditional denim button, which has to be hammered on.

Finishing the Skirt

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Turn the hem up ⅜” and press. Then, turn up another ⅝” and press. Stitch ½” from the initial fold to secure the hem. 

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  • I downloaded the free denim skirt pattern, but it is missing one of the front skirt paper. It is missing 3… C. They have a duplicate of 2…B…4

    • Hi Cheryl and thanks for your interest! We have recently updated the pattern PDF and it should now have what you were previously missing.

      Best of luck with your skirt!
      Amy
      Spoonflower

  • I’ve been looking for a good pattern to use with denim, and I’ve just found yours! I’m going to use a more aggressive zipper, because I like the top of the skirt to fit a little snug around and besides, I can be pudgy sometimes.

    Super excited, wish me luck! I’ve got some delightful white stretch denim, and I may add some blue print outdoor fabric as trim somewhere. Thank you so much for posting!!

  • I’m stuck between sizes (18 waist, 16 hips) and I will need to grade the pattern. I’m familiar with grading, but not sure at what point I’ll be able to grade as I’m not sure where the pattern sits I terms of hip width. Thoughts?

    I did like another commenters suggestion to wait on cutting the waistband until I know exactly where the bulk of the skirt fits.

    • Hi Brittany,

      Thanks for your interest in our denim skirt pattern! It was drafted so that the waistband seam hits approximately 2.5″ below the natural waistline. We would still recommend using your natural waist measurement when referencing the size chart. And the hip line is approximately 5″ below the waistband seam. Best of luck with the project!

      Take care,
      Amy

  • Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Hi,

    The size chart doesn’t state if that is your measurement or the finished garment size, which can differ depending on ease and would be useful to know which it is so I can grade/adjust as needed. I think you said earlier in the comments it is meant to sit just below your natural waist.
    Thanks

  • Shelly Berger

    Thank you so much for posting this! The pattern was exactly the style I was looking for and came out lovely in a lighter weight cotton. Plan to make more!!

    The overall fit is very straight and for women like me that are more curvy between hips & waist I had to adjust it slightly. However it easy enough to do.
    1) Wait to cut out your waist band piece until after most of the skirt is done.
    2) Try it on before the step of sewing on the waistband, and curve the side seams & center back in as much as needed.
    3) Use a tap measure to find your smaller waist size and cut the waist band strip that fits the reduced diameter.
    4) Follow the remaining steps for finishing.

    • Hi Scotty,
      The height of the waistband is about 3″. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!

  • Ahhhh! I think I got it. I am taping the letters to the letters (A to A, B to B, C to C etc…) then connect it by numbers and cut. Sorry 🙃 I’m just more of a visual person and I could not see the big picture but it is all coming together. Thanks for the pattern.

  • I am extra excited about making this skirt! However, I am scratching my head trying to figure out how to piece together my fabric 🙁 . Is there a diagram I can see to tell me how to tape the pieces together?

  • Thank you for providing this free pattern. I can’t wait to try it. One small suggestion on the instructions: When clipping the curves of the pocket, NEVER use an open pair of scissors. ALWAYS use the point to make clips. The photo under the instructions: ” Trim the seam allowance and clip along the curve. ” shows a wide open pair of scissors to make the clips. Especially with a denim and multiple layers at this seam, it would be easy to accidentally clip past the stitching and into the garment.

  • to add to my earlier comment – I did grade the skirt and adjust the fit before adding the waist band. I used a lightweight cotton camo print with a little stretch. Not finished yet but looks pretty good before the waist band stage.

  • About to finish the inside seams and add the waist band. Any suggestions on how to finish the inside seams? I really enjoyed making this. The fit is good and instructions were easy to follow. Next time I would change to a chunkier zipper, the dress zipper looks a bit delicate. Also I would make the shorter version. Thanks for the pattern!

  • Hello.
    I love how this skirt looks and I would love it even more if there was a version with a side or back zipper rather than a front fly zipper. Is there any way you could show us how to do this? I would really appreciate it.
    Thanks so much.

    • Hi Hana,
      Thanks so much for the suggestion! We don’t have plans to share a tutorial for adding a zipper but you could easily adapt instructions from another skirt pattern that does include a zipper.
      -Meredith from Spoonflower

  • I made this– I was excited and followed the directions carefully and spent all the money on custom denim from Spoonflower. Turns out that the pattern does not account for a rear or for hips. So my skirt fits me at the hips, but not at the waist (too much room), or at the waist, but not at the hips (not enough room), depending on where I want the waist band to sit. Looking at the finished product, it’s very rectangular. Because the denim does not allow stretch, there is no way to squeeze into it. I’m disappointed that I spent so much time and money on a skirt I can’t wear. Perhaps you could publish some tips for how to adjust the hips/waist?

  • Thanks so much for the pattern and instructions it’s been one of my best fitting skirts I own.

    Only tips are I made mine more a-line as I know that shape fits me better so maybe let people know that’s an option. Secondly get people to try on prior to attaching the waist band (I needed to put in a couple of darts) this way any adjustments can be made very easily and it it doesn’t sage at my back. Mind you maybe these are more advanced techniques so understand why it might be included.

    Thanks again

  • Thanks for the idea and the pattern. I made this today – it turned out very well. I used a printed linen – which was slightly lighter weight, but still worked. This was my first time sewing a fly zip, and inset pocket, as well as patch pockets. I had to make a few fitting adjustments to the yoke to reduce the waist size.

    The instructions and video were great – although I needed to check both as there were some instructions provided in one that weren\’t in the other.

    The only area that I struggled with was the fly – in particular the J-stitching – I didn\’t realise that I needed to pin the zip shield out of the way. Even when I redid it the second time I had to fiddle around and unpick some of the zip to be able to stitch the bottom of the J across the centre of the zip. I may not have folded back the RHS zip extension enough – the instructions were also not that clear here.

    Many thanks

    • Hi Jenny,
      We’d love to see your version of the denim skirt! We’ve updated the instructions and apologize for any issues you ran into while sewing your skirt. We appreciate your feedback!
      -Meredith from Spoonflower

  • It really sucks that your pattern does not include plus sizes. Larger women like denim skirts too, you know…

  • This is such a cute project and I can’t wait to get started. I downloaded the pattern, but I can’t see where the yardage requirements are listed for each size. Could you direct me?

    • Hi Vanya,
      We can’t wait to see how your version turns out! You can view the yardage needed for each size and version here.

  • Mary Matsler

    I was excited about this pattern, but I think it is missing a piece of the skirt front that should be 3 C.
    Do you have this piece of the pattern?

    • Hi Mary,
      We apologize for the unexpected inconvenience! The pattern has been updated.