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Book review of Beginner's Guide to Making Skirts

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts by Wendy Ward

This book is Wendy’s second dressmaking book and focuses on teaching the reader to sew their own skirts. The book covers 8 basic styles of skirt: Jersey pencil skirt, wrap skirt, circle skirt, A-line skirt, bubble skirt, pencil skirt culottes and front opening skirt as well as variations on each giving you 24 designs in total. As you work through the book she teaches you skills and techniques that build your confidence in making your own wardrobe and allow you to customise your skirts. They would also prove useful not just for the skirts in this book but for other garments you may like to make in the future.

The projects are sorted in order of difficulty and follow this format: intro, measurements, fabric guide, fabric requirements, cutting information, step to step guide for putting the garment together and advice on variations. There are plenty of useful diagrams to help you with both the cutting and construction.

The last 30 pages of the book is a detailed techniques guide helping you get to grips with hems, seams, zips, darts, top stitching, fitting, fastenings, waistbands and more. The patterns themselves come in a packet at the back of the book and are full sized ready for you to trace off. They also cover a great range of sizes going from a size 8 to a size 26! I do love to see a book with both full size patterns and a good size range represented.

The book is a really comprehensive beginner’s guide presented in an easy to follow format plus the skirts are very fashionable too. If you want to start making your own skirts this is the book for you.

Skirt patterns by Wendy Ward

Above you’ll find pictures of some of my favourite skirts from the book. Find a technique extracted from the book here. Wendy has made a video introducing you to her book, watch it below.


This book is written by sewing teacher Wendy Ward from MIY Collection and published by Cico Books. You can buy the book from Amazon.

Photography by Julian Ward © CICO Books