Wrap Skirt and A-Line Skirt ePattern


Wrap Skirt

I created two simple skirt patterns to go with the East African Kangas I’ve been selling from time to time (keep an eye on the blog and Facebook for announcements!), and I had a lot of requests to offer the skirts as an ePattern for download. So here it is, and it’s just one dollar! This ePattern contains instructions for a retro-1970s “maxi” skirt and a very simple hip-yoke A-line skirt. You do not need full pattern pieces to make these skirts; I provide all the measurements and instructions with photos, illustrations, and graphed pattern grids.

A-line Skirt

These patterns will work with regular fabric; you don’t have to have a double Kanga to make them. The wrap skirt requires 3 1/8 yards of 45″-wide material, while the A-line skirt can be cut out of 2 yards of 45″-wide fabric. The illustrations show how to cut the pieces out using the unique design motif of the Kanga, but the layouts also work on regular fabric, although the wrap skirt is not recommended for a unidirectional fabric (with a print that all faces one way, for instance).

Thank you to everyone who has pestered me for years to bring out a couple of simple, wearable skirt patterns. You were right; these fill a niche! They are quick and easy to make up, and I already have three wrap skirts and two A-lines in my wardrobe that I wear constantly. Enjoy!

Here are photos that show how the wrap skirt works:

Line up center back of skirt with center back waist.
Wrap left side of skirt across front of body.
Wrap right side over front of body and tie in back.
Ta-da! A beautiful maxi skirt that’s wrap, tie, and go!

13 Comments on Wrap Skirt and A-Line Skirt ePattern

  1. Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns
    March 9, 2012 at 12:27 am (5 years ago)

    That wrap skirt is adorable! Just when I thought your patterns couldn’t get any better, they did! This looks like the ultimate “easy to sew skirt” pattern, and will certainly enhance anyone’s wardrobe.

    • Jennie Chancey
      March 9, 2012 at 1:48 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Katrina! This really is a cinch to sew–no buttons, no zippers, just wrap, tie, and go! šŸ™‚ The A-line skirt has a side zip, but it’s still super-easy to make. I’m really enjoying these!

  2. Lorn
    March 9, 2012 at 6:48 am (5 years ago)

    Such a fabulous idea, perfect for the Kangas!

  3. Karen Fulp
    March 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm (5 years ago)

    Purchased pattern and instructions, unable to open file. Any suggestions???

    • Jennie Chancey
      March 12, 2012 at 2:52 am (5 years ago)

      Hi, Karen! The file is “zipped,” which means you need to unzip it to get the PDFs inside. Windows computers have WinZip, and Mac computers can just automatically decompress when you click a zip file. If you are on a Windows-based machine and can’t get the file to unzip, go to PKUnzip.com or WinZip.com and download a free trial version to unzip the file. Hope this helps!

  4. Daphne
    March 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm (5 years ago)

    Hello Jennie,
    East African (Ugandan) lady here (studying in the US). I’ve been so blessed by your work on LAF, and I’m thrilled to hear you’re in Kenya. The wrap skirt is beautiful! I’ll consider making one when/if I go back home this summer. šŸ™‚

    • Jennie Chancey
      March 20, 2012 at 11:49 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Daphne! We love East Africa! I am so glad you like the skirt. So many Kenyan ladies wear them, and I love mine. šŸ˜€

  5. Gentlegranny (Kaye)
    May 1, 2012 at 6:45 am (5 years ago)

    Your site is fascinating and your masterpieces are simply wonderful! I have not sewn in a very long time but you have inspired my to begin again! Thank you so much. I am awed by your Titanic gown and want to work up to one but think it would be wiser to start with a few wrap-around skirts for my granddaughters. lol I am so excited! I will be back!!!

    • Jennie Chancey
      May 1, 2012 at 6:55 am (5 years ago)

      You’ve made my week, Kaye! Thank you so much for the sweet note, and I’d love to see the beauties you create for your granddaughters if you care to share!

  6. Kandle
    June 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm (5 years ago)

    Where would b the best place to purchase Kanga fabric? These have always been my favorite type of skirt and I am looking forward to making my own!

    • Jennie Chancey
      June 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi, Kandle! I am sending home a huge batch of Kanga fabric in July if all goes well, and I’ll post it on the site for sale soon after. Thanks for your interest!

  7. Pam
    January 16, 2014 at 6:54 pm (3 years ago)

    I was wondering if you could tell me what the size range for this pattern is? Thank you.

    • Jennie Chancey
      January 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi, Pam! It’s basically one-size-fits-all up to about a size 28 (at which point an extra panel would be needed for the full wrap). Happy sewing!


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