The Cress Skirt – Free Sewing Pattern

As temperatures rise, I’m always on the hunt for a garment that’s equal parts boss and beach, and the wrap skirt trend delivers. Conservative enough to wear to the office while easy and breezy enough to throw over a swimsuit, our Cress Skirt free sewing pattern is as versatile as it is cute. Stay classic and comfortable by pairing a vibrant linen with a graphic tee, or go for a lightweight printed voile for days when you’re soaking up the sun. Want something that truly pops? Check out Mood’s African prints for some options that will instantly brighten your outfit! However you choose to style it, it’s sure to wrap up your summer wardrobe needs!

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All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.

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First, sew your two skirt panels together at the center back seam using a French seam. Do the same with both of your ruffle pieces.

Using a French seam again, attach the ruffle to the lower edge of your skirt, lining up both center back seams.

Hem the edge of your skirt and ruffle. For the flat edges of the skirt, I went with a 1/4″ rolled hem, and then switched to a single fold and zig-zag stitch as I moved to the ruffle.

Next, attach your skirt to one edge of your waistband, leaving a half inch of waistband on either end where you’ll be adding your ties. If needed, add a few 1/2″ pleats along the waistline of your skirt.

Add a tie to either side of your waistband, matching up the shorter edges. Fold the waistbands and ties in half along the length and press. Fold your raw edges inward, press, and edge-stitch along its entirety.

Try your skirt on and place a large buttonhole on your waistband at one of your skirt sides. When wearing your skirt, loop your lower layer tie through this buttonhole, wrap around your waist twice, and tie!

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