DIY Tan A-Line Suede Skirt

These tan suede skirts have been floating around the shops lately. I fell in love with this one from Forever New but it was sold out in my size. My DIY instincts then took over and I went hunting for some suede fabric to make my own. I was a little desperate so I bought this buttersuede fabric from Spotlight at full price, but 1 metre was more than enough!


Suede fabric 
10" metal zipper
Matching thread

What to do

1. Cut a piece of fabric for the front of the skirt with the following dimensions:
  • Width (Top): Waist to waist (add 3 inches for seam allowance and hemming)
  • Width (Bottom): Thigh to thigh plus 6-8 inches depending on desired degree of flare (add 3 inches for seam allowance and hemming)
  • Length: Desired length of skirt (add 2 inches for seam allowance and hemming)

2. Mark the centre of the fabric and cut, creating two identical pieces of fabric.

3. Place the two pieces of fabric right side together and sew using a 0.5" allowance. 

(Steps 2 and 3 are optional for creating a centre line detailing in the front of the skirt.)

4. Cut another piece of fabric for the back of the skirt with the same dimensions in Step 1, but adding another 2 inches to both the top width and bottom width. 

5. To create darts, mark the following points (make sure they are centred):
  • Two points at the top of the fabric: distance between them should be the distance between your two butt cheeks
  • Two points vertically below the previous two points: distance between these points and the previous two points should be the distance between your waist and your butt cheek

6. Mark 0.5" from both sides of both points at the top of the fabric and connect to the points below. 

7. Pinch them right side together and sew to create the darts.

8. Place both front and back pieces right sides together and sew along the sides using a 1" allowance. (It is helpful to follow / use the seams of an existing skirt that fits well to get a good fit.)

9. Mark the centre of the of back of the skirt and cut down the middle. 

10. Cut a strip of fabric with the following dimensions to create a waistband:
  • Width: Enough to circle around the whole waist plus 3 to 4 inches
  • Length: 3 inches (more or less depending on how thick you want the waistband to be)
Fold in half lengthwise and wrong sides together and iron.

11. Pin the raw edges of the waistband to the raw edges of the top of the skirt right sides together.

12. Sew all around to attach the waistband and trim any excess to match the opening of the skirt body.

13. Insert an exposed zipper using this tutorial

14. Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 5" by 7" and hem all around to hide raw edges.

15. Position and pin the fabrics into place, and topstitch three edges for each piece to create pockets.

16. Hem the bottom. 

Phew, that turned out pretty long! I was really just winging it as I went along and  it surprisingly turned out alright. If anyone needs any clarification in regards to the tutorial, please feel free to leave a comment, I'll be happy to draw new diagrams or take actual pictures if required.

The skirt tends to scrunch up a little when walking because I didn't add any lining, so I have to wear it with a slip underneath. Otherwise, I'm actually really pleased with how it turns out - I'm set to make another one of these skirts, but with corduroy instead!

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