DIY Paneled Mermaid Skirt Tutorial: Part 1 – Pattern Making


Today I would like to share with you a tutorial on making your own Paneled Mermaid Skirt. Too often those paneled mermaid skirt  sold at the store are too tight at hip area and comes with a standard size that fits S or M. That’s a bad news for a plus size woman like me or for those who prefer loose attire. I bought one for my size last year at AEON and it costed me RM80. That’s quite expensive realizing that I could make it on my own with cost of 40-50% of that. Last Raya I had made two of this skirt for myself and one for my sister.

We celebrated Aidilfitri 2013 this year at Muar. My aunts and cousins are all impressed of the skirt and insisted on learning to make it so they could sew for their own daughters. So I had a 30 minutes demo session teaching them on making the pattern. It was an ad-hoc teaching session and we had fun.  I am dividing the tutorial into several parts. Now let’s learn how to make the pattern from scratch.

Panel Mermaid Skirt Tutorial-Part 1-2

Panel Mermaid Skirt Tutorial-Part 1-3

Panel Mermaid Skirt Tutorial-Part 1-4

Panel Mermaid Skirt Tutorial-Part 1-5
Panel Mermaid Skirt Tutorial-Part 1-6

Sample measurement used for the tutorial yields a 6 panel skirt as worn and displayed in the first page photo. Thanks to my sister, Alang, for being my model :) That’s her Raya outfit with combination of peplum with paneled mermaid skirt.

Right click here to save the .pdf file of the tutorial. I’ll see you in next part on cutting and sewing the fabric.

DIY Paneled Mermaid Skirt Tutorial Series:
Part 1 – Pattern Making
Part 2 – Cutting the Fabric
Part 3 – Sewing the Skirt

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