Enter the A-line skirt!

Posted April 16, 2015 by Gavanna Patterns in Finding your style, My pattern, skirt / 2 Comments

Hello everyone, It’s spring time, my cold is almost gone and I’m back at the sewing machine! But what to make? I feel like I deserve a little selfish sewing time, right?


So, spring is the perfect time to make an A-line skirt, in denim!

The A shape is my all-time favorite in skirts, I have made so many since my first sewing lessons a long, long time ago! (I remember a bright yellow one in soft corduroy… made some 30 years ago, sigh)

But back to the A-line, or the trapeze shape! It’s a winning skirt design because it’s (usually) easy to make and easy to get a great fit. The A-shape is also generally a success for my body type, so basically, it’s a win!

This slightly retro style is really gorgeous if you ask me! Even a not-so-skinny waist looks good in this type of skirt, I promise!

Image from Damernas värld, Emily Dahl


So why is it so easy to make? Well, it’s most often made with several panels, or pieces, in the skirt, with the grainline centered in each of them. So while most seams are NOT on the grain, they are not on the bias either, or even close. ( It’s difficult to get good looking seams on the bias )This is good because they won’t be tricky to sew, while fitting and changes can be made precisely where it’s needed. Another advantage is that it can be made to skim the hip as close as you wish, and flare out exactly where you want it too!

The more seams the merrier, No, I mean the easier to fit it to the body! But 4 seams or even two can still give a great A -shape!

Truly Classic. Slight A line and so elegant!



Pleats can be added too, but that brings you into a more vague area of definition, when do an A-line turn into a full, pleated skirt?

Champs-Élysées skirt from Talbots

( Talbots)

If you make a skirt with a circle, or half circle pattern you may end up with a look very similar to a wide A-shape, but circle skirts are much more tricky to make. I know it’s often described as easy-to-make type of skirt, but have a look around, I see a lot of circle skirts with odd waist placement, rumpled seams and uneven hems, bunching on the butt and drooping in the front.


Just for fun I looked up some info on the style! Wikipedia says:

An A-line skirt is a skirt that is fitted at the hips and gradually widens towards the hem, giving the impression of the shape of a capital letter A. The term is also used to describe dresses and coats with a similar shape.

Charlotte Rampling in Yves Saint Laurent, Paris 1970

( Charlotte Rampling in Yves Saint Laurent, Paris 1970 )


The A-line skirt has no visible embellishments for ease, such as pleats or slits, but is fitted to the upper hip by means ofseams and/or darts. However, denim A-line skirts often have buttons down the center seam. Its fastening is usually kept discreet, with a side or back zipper. A belt is sometimes used. Pockets may be present, but not usually. The length of an A-line skirt varies, between mini-and below-knee-length.


( Carolina Herrera )


And if you wish to know more, here is a link to the blog V is for Vintage about the history of the A-line (why not learn EVERYTHING while we are at it?)


All images are from my Pinterest board called ” The A-line skirt, a much loved favorite!” What else, non?

Now, onto my own little A-line skirt, to be made in this denim:



The flowery cotton will be used for the inside details and binding.

I will try to make the threads professional looking ( well, in my dreams)  I plan to combine the two yellow ones in one needle, instead of a single thicker denim thread. Which I don’t have at hand right now… let us all keep our fingers crossed for that to work! To be continued 🙂

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2 Responses to “Enter the A-line skirt!”

  1. PinhouseP

    I love A-line skirts, I think of all types of skirt, it fit me the best. I have yet to sew a true (wearable) one, although I tried a pleated one from a 40s pattern. I used wrong fabric, and the style was not flattering on me. I really should give it another go. They are so stylish and versatile. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. A line skirts are my favourite! You have a bright sunny fabric there, should look lovely. I read somewhere that if you don’t have topstitching thread you can use two strands of regular thread, just use a needle with a big hole and test your tension first. Amazing how helpful the Internet is sometimes! Looking forward to seeing Part 2!

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