How To Make A Custom Gathered Skirt For Any Age And Size

Expert sewing blogger and pattern designer, Gretchen Hirsch, teaches you everything you need to know to start creating your own clothes in this beginner's gathered skirt-making tutorial to fit any age and size. In this class, she shares her easy technique for making your own pattern that’s completely customized to your body. Learn how to trace the pattern, cut out fabric, sew a basic hem, make a waistband, gather the fabric, add a zipper, and much more! Bonus: This one skirt takes on different looks depending on which type of fabric you choose.
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  • Gwen Kaiser
    Gwen Kaiser2 orë më parë

    Could you tell me again how to figure the size of the skirt pattern?

  • Gwen Kaiser
    Gwen Kaiser2 orë më parë

    Love the dress you have on. Beautiful!

  • Lucy Lugaro
    Lucy Lugaro23 orë më parë

    Love this video. I enjoyed how educational it is. Thank you,. You are amazing, good job in explaining step by step. God bless.

  • Yasmin Alz
    Yasmin AlzDitë më parë

    I'm new to sewing and this is possibly the best tutorial I've ever watched. You make it seem so easy and it's explained so perfectly. The fact you actually do this in real time, talking through each part as you go is amazing. Also that dress 😍

  • Steph & Maddie Duran
    Steph & Maddie Duran3 ditë më parë

    I love your videos they're so easy to follow along

  • Susan McDonnell
    Susan McDonnell3 ditë më parë

    Thank you so very much this is a wonderful tutorial and you show every step and provide tips. i wonder if you have any notes available to go with the tutorial ? I will be making a skirt soon. Again, TY

  • jimmy michelange
    jimmy michelange3 ditë më parë

    Nice video, but please check more here

  • Cheri Eiduke
    Cheri Eiduke3 ditë më parë

    I haven't stitched a bit of clothes since the 1980s. I am going to make this... or try. You are clear and consistent

  • C. Ingabire
    C. Ingabire3 ditë më parë

    Your tutorial inspired me to start sewing. I just finished my first project of sewing napkins. Thanks a lot. One amazing lockdown project started.

  • Fabiola Catenaccio
    Fabiola Catenaccio3 ditë më parë


  • DOS
    DOS3 ditë më parë

    Oh my gosh! The cutting line is another issue. You CLEARED that up as well!!!! Whooohooo!

  • DOS
    DOS3 ditë më parë

    THANK U FOR THE 5/8 mark tip!!!! I was just thinking as u were talking...where is it and u read my mind lol THANK U! Now I’m ready to sew 😂

  • Louise Colbourn
    Louise Colbourn5 ditë më parë

    Hi, my first time here, new sewer, love it 😍. I’m in Manchester England xx

  • Pretty Astounding
    Pretty Astounding5 ditë më parë

    Enjoying your show

  • sapulene
    sapulene5 ditë më parë

    Hi everyone, beginner here, could someone share the name of the type material (the blue) she used for the skirt? as well as the white lining she used? it doesnt look like cotton and may you share potential places of where to get it at an affordable price? it doesnt have to be the same exact type she used. thanks!

  • sharon castan

    sharon castan

    3 ditë më parë

    She said the lining was fusible woven interfacing :) She also named the blue fabric kind but idr the specific but she did say it!

  • Ivonne Davila-Beegle
    Ivonne Davila-Beegle6 ditë më parë

    I absolutely LOVE your tutorial. It's clear and provides lots of detail.

  • All Things New Health & Wellness
    All Things New Health & Wellness6 ditë më parë

    Totally awesome. Can't wait to get back into sewing with this darling skirt. I started sewing for my kids back in...wait for it...the early 90's! Before ALlist, heck, we were just getting the internet. I bought some patterns that were waaaaay more advanced than my skills, but I just dove in and figured things outs. I'm sure I made many, many mistakes on those dresses, but I'm the only one who knew and my girls looked adorable that Easter. I tried my hand at a few other things throughout the years, but fell away from sewing as life got busy. Now, my kids are grown and flown (I have 6 grandkids!) and I have a bit more time on my hands. I've taken up knitting and crochet again and I'm so excited to start sewing again and create a wardrobe that I love and that actually fits me! This was a great class to jump back in with. Thanks Gretchen!

  • alex thaler
    alex thaler6 ditë më parë

    Great job with this! I loved the tuturial and its obviously so relevant right now. I am going to try to make them myself but i just bought a bunch of masks for my business. I went with these...what do u think?

  • Melvin's Contents
    Melvin's Contents6 ditë më parë

    I'm amazed how you never runs out of words. Plus you look amazing. That shoes!!! ♥

  • frederikeduard
    frederikeduard6 ditë më parë

    You are a beautiful and charming woman. As it was in the 1970s. How I miss that time! You make nice clothes!

  • Margie Buckley
    Margie Buckley6 ditë më parë


  • elisa adams
    elisa adams6 ditë më parë

    It is very interesting in leaning how to make your clothes and with any you can design for you to wear. I enjoy her program and will be looking forward for more easy techniques.

  • Jo Anne Harby
    Jo Anne Harby7 ditë më parë

    The dental floss technique is genius. I will use it from now on. Why didn‘t I think of that?!!

    Joy MACLEOD8 ditë më parë

    Nice video. Would it be possible to give metric measurements as well as yards and inches, please?

  • My Sisters Keeper
    My Sisters Keeper8 ditë më parë


  • Kimmy Bee
    Kimmy Bee8 ditë më parë

    I don't even sew and I watched this whole video! What a great instructor you are.

  • Elizabeth C
    Elizabeth C8 ditë më parë

    Why dont you just cut your fabric out using the pinking shears?

  • Bela Di Maio
    Bela Di Maio8 ditë më parë

    This is good stuff !!!!

  • Tu lan Tang
    Tu lan Tang8 ditë më parë


  • Catherine Swisko
    Catherine Swisko9 ditë më parë

    very well present

  • Silvia Harrow
    Silvia Harrow9 ditë më parë

    you are the most entertaining and best guide ever!!!!

  • Blessed53k
    Blessed53k11 ditë më parë

    Explained so very well--Step by Step which is what I needed. Best 2 hours of sewing tutorial I've seen yet... Thank you!

  • Gemma Smileuske
    Gemma Smileuske11 ditë më parë

    thank you for this tutorial!

  • Andrew B
    Andrew B12 ditë më parë

    As a complete beginner, having only last month learned how to operate a sewing machine, my wife ecstatically said, "Now make me a skirt!" I searched youtube, and found this video, along with some other sewing tutorials of Gretchen's. And using an old, but clean bedsheet, I successfully made the skirt described here. I made a few learning mistakes, as this one was only intended to be a first time attempt. I had the zigzag gathering and dental floss too low, and not entirely within the seam allowance. This was a bad mistake. It really has to be entirely north of the seam. For gathering, I chalk marked the waistband in equal eighths, and did likewise with the skirt seam. Then i pinned on the eights. This made it much easier to spread the gathers evenly. On the short end of the waistband, I forgot to leave the full 5/8" east of the zipper center, so when I cropped that end of the waistband, the zipper didn't fit. Despite my best efforts to align the waistband, and pinned it, the inner side of the waistband came out north of the outside, and the top stitching missed it. So I had some inner gaps in the waistband. Likewise, on the overlap end of the waistband, I missed allowing the full 1 5/8" clearance when pinning the gathers, so when I cropped that end, I barely had an inch to reach the other end for the hook and eye. A couple times when sewing the waistband, I caught other parts of the skirt, and had to stop and work with the seam ripper. In fact, the first time I sewed the gathers onto the waistband, I forgot to ensure the waistband was lying flat against my right hand feeding the machine, and accidentally sewed about twelve inches of the waistband together. And that was half an hour picking at it with the seam ripper. But this is why you try it for the first time with an old bedsheet. Next time I will do better.

  • am i a winn
    am i a winn12 ditë më parë

    2 whole hours and then another twenty-one minutes and fifty seconds. I don't feel cheated.

  • Doris Moore

    Doris Moore

    9 ditë më parë

    Love Vintage Style Clothing, great Video

  • Claudia Mancillas
    Claudia Mancillas13 ditë më parë

    Hi my name is Claudia, I would like to learn how to sew! i have a Singer sewinging machine E99670 i've never used it been so scared too until recently I am having a little trouble with it but i will learn. As a beginner were do you recommend i start? I love your video's on sewing you explain everything so well other video's i've seen are not as helpful as you are. Thank you

  • Andrew B

    Andrew B

    12 ditë më parë

    Read my comment, Claudia... I made it!

  • Alex Pelan
    Alex Pelan13 ditë më parë

    Absolutely brilliant just love ur look

  • Shirley Ontiveros
    Shirley Ontiveros13 ditë më parë

    I absolutely love your style of clothing! Great video too.

  • Monika Johansson
    Monika Johansson14 ditë më parë

    Dont look at the needle; when topstiching! That`s a good one. Lol... Thank you so much for this amazing video. I just saw my first skirt. Heart. Monica from Sweden.

  • Isobelle
    Isobelle14 ditë më parë

    Very good teacher , very intuitive to what beginners need, thank you

  • Andrew B

    Andrew B

    12 ditë më parë

    There are so many steps an experienced seamstress would take for granted, but are unknown to a beginner. Taking the time to mention these little details, are essential to being a good teacher.

  • Aaya Al Hammadi
    Aaya Al Hammadi15 ditë më parë

    I want to start sewing but I have no idea what brand or type of sewing machine to get.. also, does price matter? because I keep finding them incredibly cheap

  • keni rivas
    keni rivas15 ditë më parë


  • Samsung Sgh
    Samsung Sgh15 ditë më parë

    Teach us like dress that u r using. Simple dress first please

  • chew adam
    chew adam15 ditë më parë

    Che nom kuliner

  • محمد النور
    محمد النور16 ditë më parë

    I love everything about her

  • marta jarosiewicz
    marta jarosiewicz17 ditë më parë

    thank you for such a great and clear instructive video!!! I have a question if you want to do the skirt longer and use less gathered material around the waist, how do I measure the amount of material for width? thank you.

  • Cherise Booker
    Cherise Booker17 ditë më parë

    Because of your video, I’m going to try to sew again. Have not done so since I was a teenager. Is it just like riding a bike; you never forget? We will see. Thank you

  • Anita Forgan
    Anita Forgan17 ditë më parë

    Struggling to decide on fabric.need help

  • Hithere
    Hithere18 ditë më parë

    Just found this video. Thank you good explaining. Love your look as well.

  • March Air
    March Air19 ditë më parë

    What a great teacher! Thank you for this lesson. I’m excited to make this skirt.

  • Cindy Ryan
    Cindy Ryan19 ditë më parë

    I love your dress.

  • betty michaels
    betty michaels20 ditë më parë

    How can I make a pattern on a pair of pants and shirt can you reach me at 305-930- 3905 Allen

  • Katie Concannon
    Katie Concannon21 ditë më parë

    Lovely. Thank you for sharing this knowledge for anyone who would like to learn.

  • Maya Robertson
    Maya Robertson21 ditë më parë

    I love your tattoos 🌹

  • Maya Robertson
    Maya Robertson21 ditë më parë

    Do you have your own channel? If so, show me where to sign up!🥰😘😍

  • Judith Jade Lastimoso
    Judith Jade Lastimoso22 ditë më parë

    I am a new subscriber and never comment on any videos on youtube but I just have to do it with your awesome video. It's amazing I don't mind the 2 hours there it's all worth it.

  • Ann's Crafty Littler Things
    Ann's Crafty Littler Things22 ditë më parë

    Can yoi

  • The Sewin Closet
    The Sewin Closet24 ditë më parë

    Thanks lady as soon as I can. Where can I get the pattern paper that the pattern is made on..

  • Sindey de Rooij
    Sindey de Rooij24 ditë më parë

    I have some shopping to do before I can start but I'm definitely trying this out. Thanks so much. I've never sewn yet so this will be a first 😁 Great tips and just to watch is really relaxing. You explain everything so well. Love it ❤️

  • Karen Obrien
    Karen Obrien24 ditë më parë

    I'm brand new to sewing. Even though this tutorial is quite advanced, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this. You're a true expert with lots of knowledge to impart.

  • Andrew B

    Andrew B

    12 ditë më parë

    I am a complete beginner, Karen, and following Gretchen's tutorial here, I made it. Read my comment.

  • Mary Valladee
    Mary Valladee25 ditë më parë

    Would like to see a tutorial on how to sew the dress your are wearing with the roses, I too love 50's clothes...

  • Mary Valladee
    Mary Valladee25 ditë më parë

    loved the tutorial, thorough, excellent!

  • Angela Hurley
    Angela Hurley25 ditë më parë

    Absolutely fabulous!!! You actually explain everything and take the time to show what you are doing and Why you are doing it!! For a beginner like me, that is sooooo awesome. Thanks again!!

  • Tom Bruce
    Tom Bruce25 ditë më parë

    Nice work

  • Sarah M.
    Sarah M.26 ditë më parë

    OMGGGG i lovedddddddd it smmmmm

  • Thoraya Bashi
    Thoraya Bashi27 ditë më parë

    thank for these tips

  • Frances De Jesus
    Frances De Jesus28 ditë më parë

    You are such a beautiful soul, and God has blessed you with this remind me of my mother she passed in 2006, she used to go to the store she will see on the mannequin, she will go to the fabric store and buy the same fabric she will make patterns with paper bag..til this day, I still don't know how she can do it, but she would make the same exact replica ...this is a God given gift... God touch me to speak to you, God loves you and he wants you to know that Jesus Christ died for you and for all of us and he is not pleased with you altering your are so beautiful you do not need to tattoo or color your are his child and he is calling not deny his calling..he has called you since you were a child...Jesus loves you and he is calling you to come to him, because we are living the last days on earth....God bless you and please heed his calling... John <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="196">3:16</a> King James Version (KJV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

  • Paul Nielsen
    Paul Nielsen28 ditë më parë

    What kind of iron do you use?

  • Khatiya Chenda William
    Khatiya Chenda William28 ditë më parë

    Thank you very much for the step to step instructions from measurements to patterns and to the final project. God is amazing I found you I love your teaching styles the key pointers really help. Now I can start making clothes for my 10 yrs old daughter. My goal is to learn how to make clothes because of YOU I am able to work to accomplish these goals. God bless you stay safe and healthy I'm following you and like the tutorials. Please show us how to make shirt.

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    GLITZA™ Official29 ditë më parë


  • 63micham
    63michamMuaj më parë

    What is the paper you are using for the pattern? Length?

  • Lissa A
    Lissa AMuaj më parë

    Gretchen, I just ran across this tutorial, I love it and your lessons and techniques. This dental floss trick is awesome! I also love your style! I have always been afraid to sew clothing, but your instructions are so clear, that I am going to make this skirt and try some others. Thank you so much!!

  • Noelle Boehm
    Noelle BoehmMuaj më parë

    Thanks for your videos. I love to learn how to sew. You are a good teacher. You are a sewing expert.

  • Maxine M
    Maxine MMuaj më parë

    Okay, you're amazing. I want to learn to sew now and with you as a patient and natural teacher, I know I can do it! Thanks so much!

  • Cynthia Hoggatt
    Cynthia HoggattMuaj më parë

    Cute skirt

  • pam nichols
    pam nicholsMuaj më parë

    Awesome. Very clear instructions for a beginner. I love to teach people to sew, loved your video. Just a fun note. You could reuse the floss for an other project. Keep sewing ❤️

  • christine block
    christine blockMuaj më parë

    Any chance you can recommend which fusable interfacing to buy? I am so excited to start this

  • Nathan Eligoulashwily
    Nathan EligoulashwilyMuaj më parë

    Monday 27 April 2020. Absolutely great presentation. I give you 1000 points because of your great patience. Take care of yourself. < > Guatemala.

  • The llama squad
    The llama squadMuaj më parë

    This was the absolute BEST sew along video!! I'm a beginner so this was extremely helpful! Thank you!! You're a fantastic teacher ❤

  • Brenda Braun
    Brenda BraunMuaj më parë

    Thank you!

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