Professor Pincushion

Professor Pincushion has been picking up the thread and needle for over 15 years. She has experience in apparel and home decorating sewing, quilting, and embroidery. She’s taught private and group sewing lessons and continues to develop her own original projects featured on ProfessorPincushion.com, Family Fun Magazine, and multiple craft sites. Professor Pincushion strives to produce high quality, sewing tutorials so that anyone can learn how to sew.

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Learn to Create Your Own Custom Skirt

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Interested in designing your own clothes? Would you love to have a perfect fitting skirt? We have a new skirt course that's perfect for beginners.

Professor Pincushion will show you how to create custom pattern pieces based on your own measurements so you can get an awesome basic skirt. Once you have your patterns, you can view a demonstration on how to sew your skirt, add lining to it, and even add simple patch pockets. The best part is that this basic skirt will give you a great foundation for creating other styles of skirts.

Learning to design your own skirt has never been so easy, because we take you every step of the way from drafting to sewing.

How to Make a Basic Skirt by Professor Pincushion
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Are you interested in pattern making or designing your own clothes? This course from Professor Pincushion walks you through the process of drafting a basic skirt using your own measurements, so that your DIY creation fits you and your style perfectly. You will also learn how to stitch together and assemble a skirt based on your pattern, add lining, and attach patch pockets. Clothes making has never been easier.
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Professor Pincushion has been picking up the thread and needle for over 15 years. She has experience in apparel and home decorating sewing, quilting, and embroidery. She’s taught private and group sewing lessons and continues to develop her own original projects featured on ProfessorPincushion.com, Family Fun Magazine, and multiple craft sites. Professor Pincushion strives to produce high quality, sewing tutorials so that anyone can learn how to sew.

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Want to design yourself the perfect skirt? Using accurate measurements and the right supplies, you can draft an awesome DIY item for your wardrobe. In part one of a four-part series, Professor Pincushion shows you how to measure yourself for fashion and comfort and start drafting the front of a skirt block.

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Finish up the front of your skirt block! In this lesson, part two of a four-part series on pattern making from Professor Pincushion, learn how to draft the hip curve based on your measurements. You’ll also plan and shape darts for the waistline. With the front of your skirt block completed, drafting the back is a piece of cake!

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Once you have finished the front of your skirt block, making the pattern for the back is easy. In this lesson from Professor Pincushion, part three of a four part series, learn how to draft the back of your skirt block, from the hemline to the darts. You’ll also learn how to true the seams before finalizing your pattern. Don’t skip this step! You may not be able to put together the front and back otherwise.

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Before you customize your basic skirt block into fashionable and cutting-edge pattern pieces, there are few things you should do. First, learn how to draft a waistband to finish the waistline and provide room for hook-and-eye closures or buttonholes. You’ll also learn why it’s important to make a muslin, or test piece, before branching out from the basic block.

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Use your basic skirt block to sew a brand new piece of DIY clothing! In this lesson from Professor Pincushion, part one in a series, learn how to cut the front, back, waistband, and interfacing and sew darts for a skirt based on your measurements. Once you’ve got all of the pieces ready, continue to part two and start sewing together your creation!

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Once you have cut the basic pieces of fabric and sewn your darts, there’s still lots of work to be done on your basic skirt! In this lesson from Professor Pincushion, part two of a series, learn how to sew the center back seam and attach a zipper. You’ll also learn how to use temporary basting stitches to attach the fabric in front of the zipper.

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Ready to tackle the next part in making your basic skirt? It's all starting to come together now; in this lesson, part three of four, Professor Pincushion shows you how to sew your skirt front to your skirt back and how to sew on a waistband with fusible interfacing. You'll also learn how to use top stitching for a neater and more professional look.

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Your skirt is nearly done. It's time for the home stretch! In the final part of Professor Pincushion's series on creating a basic skirt, learn how to finish the waistband with a slip stitch, attach hooks-and-eyes, and sew a hem. Go forth and wear your custom skirt with pride. Then pick up your needle and thread and make another!

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Now that you've made a basic skirt, embellish it with a colorful lining! In this lesson from Professor Pincushion, use the pattern pieces created in the "Drafting a Basic Skirt Pattern" series to create a unique lining and sew it to your skirt. Your original garment designs will look professional inside and out.

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Patch pockets can add both functionality and decoration to your basic skirt. Want to learn how to sew your own? This lesson from Professor Pincushion shows you how to choose a shape for your pocket, draft it, and create fabric pieces based on your design. You'll also get a few tips and tricks for sewing, hemming, and adding buttons without interfering with the functionality of your skirt.

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