The Simple Gathered Skirt w/ pockets Tutorial

1/4” elastic
2 yards of fabric

If you're new to sewing this is a perfect confidence boosting project. Super simple, it looks great on everyone and the directions are easy to follow. So lets get started

Measurements for the body of the skirt:

take your waist measurement and double it, mine is 33x2=66. (yay for simple math!) Okay now figure out the length you'd like. For my short little legs I like my skirt to hit above my knees so my length is 19”.

Make sure to add an 1” for seam allowance, so my measurements are 67”x20”

For the Waistband:
measure your hips and add 3” this will insure that the waist of your skirt will fit over your butt when you wear your dress. So for your waistband the measurement will be (hips width x 4” length)

to cut the body of your skirt, fold your fabric in half and divide your width in half, so 33.5” and cut 2 pieces.

Now use the pattern provided for your pocket and cut out 4.

pin your pockets 2” away from the top of the skirt body, right sides facing each other, sew using a 3/8th seam allowance.

Do this for both sides front and back.

Next press your seam allowance towards your pockets

pin the sides of your skirt together, right sides facing and sew above and below your pockets, using a 5/8ths seam allowance.

Next stitch around your pockets.

do 1” wide pleats on the front and back skirt patterns leaving a 1” area on each side flat, make sure your skirt is large enough to fit well over your but when putting it on

baste your pleats, then sew your pleats down.

Time for the Waistband:
fold your waistband in half and stitch the ends together 1/4” seam allowance,
Fold your waistband in half than fold the edges towards the fold, this creates a somewhat large double fold bias tape. 

Next pin your waistband to the wrong side of your skirt, and stitch in the fold you created.

Flip your waistband to the right side and stitch around the waistband leaving an opening in the waistband casing to insert your elastic.

Next take a safety pin and pin your elastic and work the elastic through till it comes out the same opening.

Overlap your elastic and using your zigzag stitch, go back and forth to secure the elastic. Work the elastic in and close the opening with a straight stitch.

To hem your skirt fold your end up 1/4th “ and than another 1/4th “ and sew. 

If you know how to do a blind hem, do that for a clean simple look!

There you go you're all set with your new skirt sporting pockets! This is a really basic pattern but you can add so much to it with ruffles or pin tucks! So Many Options!


  1. Great job for blogging this tutorial. Easy steps were given to make sure that readers can follow it. I'm waiting for more blogs.

  2. Hi there, love your pattern, cant wait to try it. Is it suitable for a beginner? and what fabric do you think is best? I am in cape town, south africa and there are limited stunning fabric options. Thanks

  3. Hi Tami, happy you like it. Any fabric that will gather well, I'd recommend cotton. This is a great pattern for beginners! you'll learn a lot of different techniques you can use in making other things! Let me know if you have any questions, I would be glad to help.

  4. Hello!

    I absolutely love this skirt! It is so cute. I am very new to sewing and would love to give it a try but I'm not sure how to do pleats properly. Can you give me a few pointers about how you did them while making this skirt?


  5. I did what is called "boxed pleats, which is folding fabric into itself, here is a link to a skirt tutorial a lady does but it's probably the easiest way to do boxed pleats:

  6. Hi how many pleats did you add and did you make sure the top of the skirt was the same size as the waist band so hip size plus 3"? just trying to figure out my measurements and don't want to cut my fabric till i'm 100% sure! thanks

  7. Hi, I am just finishing this skirt, made with a very fabby original. 6 0's orange turqouise , brown blue and white print, photo to follow. Thank you so much for this pattern a d tutorial, it's a winner.