DIY Vintage: Design and Sew your own 50s-style Skirt!

Allie Jackson, modern mid-century sewing & style

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10 Videos (1h 9m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Project

    • Searching for Inspiration

    • What You'll Need

    • Your Pattern Pieces

    • Constructing your Skirt Panels

    • Gathering your Skirt

    • Attaching your Skirt to your Waistband

    • Finishing Touches

    • And You're Done!


About This Class

Join Allie of allie J. and learn how to design and construct a vintage-style gathered skirt that you can wear anywhere.

In this class, you’ll turn inspiration into reality as you select the style you want to create, then master the skills needed to turn a flat piece of material into a fun vintage-style skirt, including fool-proof gathering, the easiest ever zipper insertion, and creating an invisible hem. We’ll be using a mixture of hand- and machine-sewing for the best possible finish--with the least time investment.

Some sewing experience is required--you’ll need to know how to use a needle and thread, how to operate your machine, and how to sew a straight line.

When you’ve completed the class, you’ll twirl away in your very own custom skirt, ready to go anywhere from brunch to the ballroom.

Allie J. is a (mostly) self-taught sewing enthusiast with a love of 50s and 60s style. She has been sewing for 10 years, and her first project was a green taffeta vintage vogue cocktail dress, but she recommends trying something simpler first, like maybe a gathered skirt. Read more about her sewing projects at allie J. and follow her on instagram @helloalliej.

17 of 18 students recommendSee All

A very informative and thurough classes, the pacing is a bit slow and it would help if there were more and longer close up shots, but overall very good.
This class is excellent! I was looking for a tutorial for exactly this kind of skirt and was so happy when I found this one and also that it was really well produced. Allie is so sweet and skilled and good at what she's doing, explaining in an easy way at a pace that's easy to follow. She also gives some useful sewing tricks. Now on to making my own skirt, rewatching the whole class as I sew :-)
Bärbel Dressler

Pattern designer & marker lover

Lovely style skirt! very well explained, absolutly useful!





Allie Jackson

modern mid-century sewing & style