Spring Sewing ~ Sew a Ruffle Skirt

on April 17 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 146 Comments

Emu (mame* on Flickr) shows us how to draft and sew a Ruffle Skirt today. The skirt is drafted to fit your body and features a comfortable elastic waist. Emu’s tutorial is available as a free PDF download.

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146 Responses to Spring Sewing ~ Sew a Ruffle Skirt

  1. queenD says:

    Thanx for the tutorial, now i know how to make skirt properly.

  2. Melissa says:

    I will definitely try this for spring!

  3. Tempest says:

    What a great looking tutorial. I am going to try this just as soon as I can go and get some fabric for it. Other tutorials for skirts have confused me (despite my best efforts lol) but this one is very straightforward. Thanks! Can’t wait to give it a go.

  4. Katherine says:

    can’t wait to make one for my daughter!

  5. ok. i am definately going to try this one. thanks for such a comprehensive pattern…… hopefully i will be able to make something that resembles the skirt!

  6. Leigh says:

    Thanks again for this, I just made myself one this morning and it’s the first thing I’ve made for myself that I an THRILLED with!

  7. emtdlb says:

    It took me 2 nights to make this and I love it. It was super easy and fast and so comfortable. I love the casing instructions for the elastic-works great. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. LOVE IT! Linked to it!

  9. Johanna says:

    I just finished one in a 2-3 year size for a small 3 year old’s birthday present! It looks amazing, the pattern was great, and I’m going to have to make a tag to sew into it to let them know that it is made by me and not store bought!

    Thanks for a great tutorial!

  10. Erin says:

    Love this! Thanks so much for the awesome pattern!

  11. Carlotta says:

    Woo Hoo!!! So glad I was able to download the pattern this time. Thanks bunches Emu!

  12. I love it -just in time to start a Spring wardrobe of skirts!

  13. HES says:

    looks so comfortable and cute!

  14. Tina Kay says:

    I love the skirt. I am new to drawing out patterns yourself. My first project turned out slightly off. but I think I am getting the hang of it and the skirt maybe easier than pants.
    Thanks! Tina Kay

  15. Jessica says:

    What a great tutorial! I learned something new from this.

  16. Allison H says:

    LOVE it!! Exactly what I’ve been looking for!

  17. Yvonne Mathews-Davila says:

    I love this skirt pattern. I want to make one!

  18. sewinggirljen says:

    Wow! I love the fabric and the shape – skirts just scream Spring for me!

  19. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for the pattern!

  20. fiona says:

    ohh, that is sew cute, thank you

  21. jm says:

    I love this!

  22. Leigh says:

    LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Amber says:

    I have the perfect fabric for this. Yea!

  24. Katie Mitchell says:

    Love the skirt. Hope to make one for my daughter’s birthday.

  25. Anne says:

    Great pattern – thanks.

  26. Dee says:

    What a lovely skirt. I will have to make one!

  27. Kelli says:

    Alright, an easy pattern for me! Great–I might even take a break from my daughter’s summer wardrobe to make a skirt for me…then maybe we can match one day!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Wow thanks for that tutorial! I needed that part on how to gather the ruffle evenly. I recently made a skirt for my daughter that I had to gather and it didn’t turn out evenly and I was at a loss at how to do it right. Now I’m gonna try again, Thanks!

  29. suzi says:

    Thanks!! I am needing to make some skirts but I also need some tops I wish I could find a good book or pattern for some neat tops. I need breastfeeding freindly tops.

  30. Kaye says:

    Today I have a mostly free day and planned to use it sewing. Of course, I came to SMS to get some inspiration and I think this great skirt and tutorial will be a perfect project for today. Thanks Emu for sharing your great talent. I have been wanting to tackle this type of project for awhile but have been afraid. Your tutorial is user friendly and has given me the courage to give it a try.

  31. Kris says:

    This is really cute. I want to make one with amy butler fabric!

  32. gillian says:

    this is so cute…i’m going to try making a really short one so it will be good for riding a bike (with leggings). i love the japanese fabrics too! for years i had a subscription to “I Heart Sewing FEMALE” magazine…started reading it when I lived in Japan, although I never knew enough about sewing or read Japanese well enough to follow any of the patterns except really simple ones. It looks like maybe some of Emu’s patterns came from there?

  33. Caroline says:

    so cute. I’ve been needing to make a few more skirts. Some shorter summery ones.

  34. Liz says:

    I love her vintage fabric collection! She has some really pretty stuff

  35. Lauranie says:

    Really cute and easy! My favorite!

  36. Leah says:

    I am excited to try this tutorial! I have a store bought elastic waist skirt that I love, and i know it can’t be hard to make more for myself and my little girl. Maybe even matching ones… 🙂

  37. Erin says:

    I’ve been admiring Emu’s beautifully made clothing on flikr. I’m really excited about this skirt tutorial.
    Thank you so much!!

  38. Teresa says:

    I am so excited about this pattern! I love all of Emu’s creations!

  39. Mama Lusco says:

    Her clothing is so great! I have several of those sheets, myself. Not sure if I could wear them as well as Emu, though 🙂 Thanks for the great tut!

  40. Kristin says:

    I love the floral pattern! Keep up the nice work.

  41. Laura says:

    With all the skirt patterns and inspiration, it looks like I really am going to have to sew a skirt for myself. Thanks!

  42. Ellen B says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  43. katie says:

    Fun! Wouldn’t it be great if we all sewed a ruffle skirt and wore them on the same day . . . can you imagine, floral ruffle skirts taking over the nation!

  44. elizabeth says:

    Perfect timing, I was just about to make a skirt and the simpler the better I say. It’s all about fabric choice not shape. Thanks!! Keep it up.

  45. *sigh* adorable… adding it to my project to do list!

  46. Liz says:


  47. brenda says:

    Thank you for making this tutorial! It’s a great one! I can’t wait to try this skirt.

  48. Marissa says:

    Thanks for the skirt tutorial, it looks so comfy. I can’t wait to make one.

  49. Kara says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! What a cute skirt – I love ruffles!

  50. Huong says:

    Yippee. I’m so excited to sew this. Thanks for the free tutorial.

  51. Libby says:

    Love the skirt. I’m very impressed with all the clothes she has made, very inspiring.

  52. Claire says:

    It looks so easy!

  53. Hannah says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I can’t wait to make one.

  54. Michelle says:

    I can’t wait to make this skirt! SOOOOO cute! Thanks!

  55. jane says:

    Very nice , I plan on making one of these for my girls…

  56. CCherry says:

    Colorado has decided it’s winter again, I think this may be what I need to focus on spring- and there’s this fabric in the stash…..

  57. Shannon says:

    So cute!!

  58. Rebecca says:

    What a great basic Spring skirt – thanks for the tute!

  59. Lisa says:

    This is so wonderful – after I found your flickr set I was blown away, so thank you for sharing your talents. I think I have just the fabric for this cutey-cute skirt…

  60. jackie says:

    i have her flickr bookmarked because i love her stuff so much. thanks for the adorable skirt pattern.

  61. Jennifer says:

    I can see matching mommy-daughter skirts in my future.

  62. Jenny says:

    I should really make some skirts for my daughter & I. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  63. Jacqui says:

    Cute Skirt!! Love all the pics on her flickr page, gorgeous work!

  64. Christine says:

    More skirts!!! I’m gardening and want to be sewing!! sooooo cute this skirt is.

  65. Debra says:

    What a pretty skirt! Thank you for the tutorial. 🙂

  66. Becca B says:

    Just another quick comment to say that the instructions on how to do the elastic waistband are really good! Well done.

  67. Becca B says:

    I’m working on my ruffle technique since I don’t have a ruffle foot. They still intimidate me a little bit, but the ruffle on this skirt may hide my chubby knees. 🙂 I’ll have to give it a try! I already downloaded the tutorial. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  68. Jessica T says:

    That is adorable! 🙂

  69. Christina says:

    I love this!

  70. Ali says:

    Perfect for spring – it’s finally warm enough here in MN to wear a cute skirt like this one!

  71. Mary says:

    I looked through several of Emu’s photo sets on Flickr and love her work! Lots of cute bags! And I love that she also uses thrifted bedsheets, pillowcases etc.

  72. Stacy says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  73. ellen says:

    Love this skirt. Cant wait to try it!

  74. Nichole says:

    Thanks for the great skirt pattern! I have some fabric that is perfect for this that needs to be used.

  75. Rachel says:

    I was just looking for a ruffle pattern! Thank you! Thank you!

  76. anja says:

    great skirt. i’m going to check it out this weekend

  77. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Great Tutorial and great fabric combination.

  78. Mollye says:

    Lovely download. Thank you for this.

  79. Jenn says:

    Oh, I need a few summer skirts so badly, and now I can’t wait to get started! Yeah!

  80. Staci Tomb says:

    This is PERFECT! I bought some material hoping to make a skirt and this is just up my alley! I am so excited to get started!

  81. helena says:

    So cute. I want one…

  82. Angel says:

    Thanks so much! I was just thinking about making a new skirt with some cool fabric I got this winter…

  83. Stephanie says:

    I can’t wait to make one of those skirts!

  84. jen w says:

    i really love that skirt…do you think it’s maternity-able???? so pretty!

  85. Katie says:

    looks like some good weekend sewing.

  86. Sara says:

    That is a very cute skirt – i’m wondering how it would look on me…for a summer feel good skirt.

  87. Beth G. says:

    I would love to be in a skirt barefoot this summer.

  88. Pam says:

    This is a great tutorial. I plan to make myself and my 20 year old daughter a few of these for summer.

  89. shamblissity says:

    I’m looking forward to putting my new Amy Butler fabric to good use! Thanks for sharing!

  90. Andrea says:

    I am looking forward to making this skirt for my 3 year old niece.

  91. Johanna says:

    Oooh, so cute! I think I’ll start by making a 2 year old sized one for my daughter, and then maybe on to adult ones… if only I wore skirts, there are so many cute patterns out there!

  92. Sarah says:

    Emu your clothes are very beautiful, I love the different tops you have made. I will have to try this skirt, thanks for the tutuorial

  93. KT says:

    I love it!!!

  94. Sarah says:

    Oh, I am so excited to try this. It’s just what I was looking for. Thank you, so much.

  95. Stacy says:

    That skirt is ADORABLE!

  96. qsogirl says:

    I’m starting to really love ruffles!! Yay spring!

  97. Sara says:

    Lovely, thanks for sharing!

  98. Bethany says:

    Cute skirt! Great tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration!

  99. Deb V says:

    That skirt is really cute. I am going to download the pattern and start sewing this weekend.

  100. Josiane says:

    Very pretty skirt! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I really like that you show how to make it to fit our own body.

  101. Jaime says:

    Very cute! I’ve downloaded the pattern, I love summer skirts!

  102. Aimee says:

    Hooray! I’m in the middle of making a bunch of new skirts and this will be a great pattern to try. Thank you, it is beautiful!

  103. Kristina says:

    What a wonderful tutorial! I have been wanting to draft my own skirt for quite a while now. I now have more confidence. Thanks!

  104. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  105. Margie says:

    That skirt is beautiful. Thanks for the tute!

  106. Shannon says:

    Thank you for sharing!! Love yours and hope to get one made for me soon!!!

  107. Terri Moran says:

    So timely. I’ve been looking for a simple pattern to show off the cutest fabric. Thanks.

  108. Lorene says:

    That skirt is so pretty, I can’t wait to try it!

  109. karen says:

    Love that skirt…soo pretty!!

  110. craftytammie says:

    What a great skirt! Thanks!

  111. Jennifer says:

    Love the skirt! So springy!

  112. Shelley C says:

    THis is a super cute skirt! My daughters would love a new skirt for church.

  113. amy says:

    I can’t wait to get started on this!

  114. MaryAnn says:

    A big “Hi” from Canada. Nice to meet you and thank you for sharing your first tutorial. Your skirt looks easy to make and oh, so comfortable.

  115. Shawna says:

    What a cute skirt! I wanted to go to the fabric store anyways…now I have a reason:)

  116. naomig says:

    What an adorable skirt! I love it!

  117. Sherri says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  118. Stacey says:

    What perfect timing this post is! I decided I was ready to try to make something with ruffles and this fits the bill.

  119. Lauren says:

    Very cute, can’t wait to get started on my own ruffle skirt!

  120. Stacy says:

    Oh, I thought that I have seen this style before! Turns out that I ran across Emu’s Flickr page a few months ago. Those pajama pants with the ruffles look so comfortable and I love how she sews from mainly repurposed fabrics. I love the style of her clothing and just wish that I could read Japanese so I could order those sewing books that she gets her patterns from! Thanks so much for this tutorial and I can not wait to make a skirt for myself!

  121. Julia in MI says:

    Thanks for the skirt tutorial. I’m excited to try this one out.

  122. Barbara Sindlinger says:

    Very cute and springy. I like how you can customize it for your own body style.

  123. Kristena says:

    How kind of her to share! I love all the clothes she makes.

  124. Lori says:

    Such a cute skirt! I was just thinking how I need to make myself one or two for spring.

  125. christie says:

    This tutorial is well written and very, very clear. I am experienced with sewing, though I haven’t done it for a while, because I got tired of standard patterns failing to fit my non-standard shape. This is a great introduction to simple pattern drafting — thank you!

  126. emedoodle says:

    I need to make myself a skirt. Soon. Maybe I’ll try this one minus the elastic (the rediculousness of being allergic to elastic!). Maybe a draw string? 🙂

  127. becky says:

    Another great idea! Cute!

  128. Stacy says:

    That skirt is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  129. Rachel says:

    love the skirt!

  130. Melissa says:

    It’s snowing here in Denver, so I NEED a flirty, floral spring skirt! Thanks so much!

  131. MegVS says:

    Oh, how lovely! I love mame*’s beautiful work!

  132. Cami Paul says:

    Skirts, skirts, skirts…so many but so little time!

  133. Barb says:

    Oh, I love this skirt. Maybe I’ll make it this weekend!

  134. Annalee says:

    What beautiful fabric!

  135. orata says:

    Very cute!

  136. Shanna says:

    I can’t wait to try this ruffled skirt, I’ve dying to sew some cute new skirts for spring.

  137. linda says:

    thank you so much! I am SO going to make this skirt; your instructions are great!

  138. lesley says:

    oh, this is lovely! i’m totally going to make that next week once i’ve met all my business goals…

  139. Samantha H says:

    Thanks for sharing this! Looks like fun!

  140. Charity says:

    Cute!! The way the pattern is written, it looks like you could make a child’s skirt out of it as well. 🙂

  141. Stephanie Wehrman says:

    That skirt is just my style, thanks for sharing this tutorial for free! So sweet. Maybe this will get my mind off of my neighbors 5 dogs that are running around trampling my flowers and garden………

  142. What a great tutorial! Thanks so much!

  143. Keilah says:

    Super cute skirt! I going to download that pattern today!

  144. Maggie says:

    This is great! I will have to make one of these to wear to the beach this summer. Maybe some for my girls too. Thanks!

  145. Amy says:

    Thank you, Emu and SMS! I love the slideshow on Flickr.

  146. Natalie says:

    The skirt looks so (sew!) pretty.

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