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.
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: