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Members Gallery: The A-Line skirt

The following images have been submitted by members to show what they have been creating while taking the classes.

Links to galleries for other classes: Class 1: Shift Dress

Shift Dress | A-Line Skirt  |  Blouse

Sharon Kennedy

Pattern - New Look 6400

As I have a number of winter weight lined skirts that I never wear I decided to make the skirt in a cotton quilting fabric (A bird in Hand designed by Kathy Schmitz for Moda) and not line it. 

I used the New Look pattern no 6400 and made a toile first. As the toile stretched around the waist I put stay stitching in the final version. It was the first time I had put a sideways zip in and also the first time I had done French seams. I am happy with the outcome and am sure that I will wear it in due course.


Sarah Runnacles

Pattern - McCalls 3830

The pattern is McCalls 3830 from a charity shop! I like skirts with a grown in waist and as they sit better on me. Having said that the turning was fiddly because I used thick fabric- noticed on bought skirts the inner waist band is a thinner fabric.

Wendy Searle

Pattern - New Look 6843

This is New Look 6843 version C with a bit of length added and the waist enlarged. It looks very straight in the pattern but is plenty A line enough for me. I increased the waistband to two inches and put the zip to the side as suggested. I love it! It will get lots of wear.

Gail Silverman

Pattern - New Look 6346

I used New Look 6346 because it had some flair.

Alison Mair

Pattern - Sew over It Ava

Finished my skirt. Very happy with it. I mastered the HongKong seams and am inexplicably happy with all the secret loveliness inside 😍. Thank you Philippa. Pattern is Sew Over It Ava skirt — feeling accomplished.

Anthea Rocker

Pattern - The Assembly Line S401

I finished my 3 pleat skirt. I did it in cotton fabric as I was making it as a first go. I lined it and used Philippa's waistband instructions. I like it enough to wear it.


Pattern - City Stroll Wrap Skirt from Liesle and Co

Finished! I felt that the edge really called for some I dug around in my stash and found a fat quarter of black silk. (No idea when or why I bought it. But it's better to be lucky than good!) No zip, as it's a wrap skirt, but I still learned a lot...thanks to the group for the advice on quilting the fabric. Pattern is City Stroll Wrap Skirt from Liesle and co.


Pattern - Sew over It Ava

Size "17" with waist adjustment (I too am square). Didn't have enough lining fabric so just did hong kong seams. I used a button I found at a "cheap shop" in Austin tx. Still love the fabric (some kind of cotton-poly blend) but it's too thick for this flared pattern. Wish I saved it for a straighter skirt. But I will wear it. I love learning all the tips to make more professionally stitched clothes.

Caroline Tebbutt

Pattern - New Look 6346

I have finished my skirt! I have learned such a lot in the process. Thank you so much, Philippa. The pattern is New Look 6346. I think I could have chosen a better fabric but I am pleased with the result and I managed to pattern match(ish) the side seams. Just forget about the waistband! I rarely wear skirts but it fits! And is comfortable. What a difference a lining makes. So perhaps I will wear this one.


Pattern - Kwik Sew 3877

Pattern chosen because I wanted a very simply cut pattern as I wasn't sure how the light furnishing fabric I used was going to handle.

Grace Nicholls

Pattern - TBA

My skirt is finished. I have never made anything like it or with as many "extras"! I love the Hong Kong seams, the lining is swishy and makes the garment feel luxurious.😊 It isn't perfect but what an amazing amount I have learnt. Onwards and upwards. Thanks to Philippa, David and all the team. 😁😉😘

Julie Jarvis

Pattern - New Look 6108

Finished my A-line skirt. I bought the pattern before seeing the lesson, and I really like it but it wouldn’t give me the practice of a lapped zip, a waistband and a buttonhole! So I used the pattern pieces to create a ‘standard’ A-line, made a toile which needed a bit of adjustment and used that, the waistband was just a long strip of fabric. My next ‘problem’ was I chose a fabric I liked without really thinking about pattern matching! However, I didn’t do too bad a job but I am looking forward to finding out how it should be done. For the finishing, I used a mix of overlocker (my husband bought me one as an early Birthday present when I started this course) and used the Hong Kong finish on the waistband and hem. Adding the lining made the skirt feel much more substantial, I really enjoyed making the skirt, thank you Philippa for your brilliant tuition. Two weeks off now before lesson 3!

Laura Mills

Pattern - TBA

I’m using fabrics found languishing in the cupboard, from at least 30 years ago! No lining though, so waiting for that to arrive. I’ve used some cotton lawn for Hong Kong binding. My zip needs to have a bit more of an overlap, so that will be redone and I’m hoping that the pattern matching will then be more accurate towards the top. Overall, really pleased with it so far!


Pattern - New Look 6843

Chose this one as it is very basic and good to practice new techniques. Waist band too narrow so just doubled the depth .

Sarah Ann Smih

Pattern - Meghan Nielsen Brumby

I LOVE the look of Meghan Nielsen's Brumby skirt pattern. I'm not young or slender anymore, but it is just fun, Since I couldn't find soft, lightweight denim in Maine (far northeast of the US) in early winter, I chose a heavy 6.65 oz/yd linen. Altering the back waistband to be elasticized proved problematic. I am fond of comfort and not of exposed zippers (per the pattern). But it is easy to change a zipper style, so no real cons to the pattern.