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Suede No-Sew Skirt




If you can sew a button, you can make this skirt. All the projects are made of cut-and-go microfiber suede (the best known: Ultrasuede). For the scalloped edge, trace an oatmeal canister. Yes, it's that unscientific.

Using our pattern template or following the instructions below, the skirt pattern should first be made from muslin and completed using Ultrasuede.


  • 1 3/4 yards of heavyweight 45-inchwide fabric (for a skirt larger than size 8, you will need to buy 2 yards)
  • Erasable fabric marker
  • 32-ounce oatmeal container
  • Button
  • Needle and thread
  • Blueprint ultrasuede skirt pattern


  1. Step 1

    Fold 1 3/4 yards of 45-inch-wide muslin in half, so it is 30 by 45 inches. (Use a bit more muslin if you are making a skirt larger than a size 8). Orient the fabric so that the fold is on your right-hand side. Mark 10 inches up on the folded edge (from the lower right-hand corner), and draw a convex curved line to the lower-left hand corner. 

  2. Step 2

    Mark a spot on the edge opposite the fold about 39 inches up from the bottom. From that mark, draw a convex curved line to the upper right-hand corner (the other folded edge). Cut on lines, rounding the lower left-hand corner. Wrap skirt around waist to fit. If skirt is not big enough to overlap about 9 to 10 inches, repeat step 1, cutting a deeper curve from bottom end.

  3. Step 3

    Trace oatmeal container to make shallow scallops along top. Cut scalloped edge through both layers at waist. Fold back top layer, and trace scallops around one end. Wrap skirt around waist to overlap; let scallop end drape.

  4. Step 4

    Take finished muslin pattern and pin to Ultrasuede fabric (folded in half, so its 30 by 45 inches); mark pattern with chalk. Cut out pattern with scissors.

  5. Step 5

    Wrap skirt around waist to overlap; let scallop drape.

  6. Step 6

    Mark closure spot on bottom layer with pin. Sew button on marked spot. Snip a small slit for buttonhole.

Blueprint, 2006



Reviews (10)

  • wilmotts wonders 2 Apr, 2014

    I got your book for my birthday and made this skirt - loved how simple it was to make and how it sits! I wrote a bit about it on my blog - I didn't use the recommended fabric but I'm still pleased with how it turned out!

  • maureenbme 16 Sep, 2011

    This would also be very cute for a young girl made from Felt or polar fleece both a no sew fabric I can't wait to try this pattern

  • debisz28 2 Dec, 2010

    I just came across this pattern and love it. I have 3 daughters and I think this is a great idea with an inexpensive blouse or sweater for Christmas. I plan on purchasing my fabric at since I have purchased from them many times before and always have been happy with pricing and quality!

  • Emily2 18 Nov, 2010

    Katie Hatch designed this wonderful pattern when she was fashion editor of the beloved now defunct and sadly missed Blueprint magazine. Martha featured this pattern on her show, should be a video of it somewhere, too. Katie designed many creative patterns and Martha appreciated them so much she continues to feature them years later! You can find more great fashion at Katie's company, Harvey Faircloth.

  • jldavidson 2 Nov, 2010" has a wonderful online site and sells Ultrasuede. They carry all weights and display the color swatches for each one.

  • Claudia78 2 Nov, 2010

    I can't wait to make this fun skirt. It does not look like a costume at all.

  • childofhistory 2 Nov, 2010

    I'm sorry but this looks more like a costume than a skirt that I would wear out in public to work etc.

  • BirdsandBones 7 Aug, 2010

    And, it is upholstery weight fabric that I'd want for this?

  • BirdsandBones 7 Aug, 2010

    Anyone have any good on-line sources for the fabric?

  • patchaspatchcan 28 Feb, 2009

    This is fabulous. I suggest that you cut an extra scrap rectangle and glue it over buttonhole area to strengthen the [filtered word]. Pam Aulson