DIY Friday: Suede Button Down Skirt

Photography by Taylor Cole Photo

Merrick's Art Suede Skirt Sewing Tutorial

Outfit Details: DIY Suede Skirt (similar faux suede fabric here), J.Crew Gingham Shirt, Halogen Flats (similar here, here, and here under $15!), Vince Camuto Tassel Bag

We’ve seen a ton of seventies inspired trends over the last few seasons, and one of my favorites that have come from this inspiration is suede skirts. I’ve seen them all over the place and when I ran across this faux suede at a local fabric store a few weeks ago, I picked up a yard because I’ve been dying for one of these skirts.

Merrick's Art Suede Skirt
Merrick's Art Suede Skirt Sewing Tutorial
Merrick's Art Vince Camuto Tassel Bag
Merrick's Art Suede Skirt and Gingham Top

I’m more of a dress than a skirt kind of girl, but a skirt that can be worn casually with a tee, or dressed up with a pretty blouse, worn with sneakers, or with heels is a winner in my book. I’m so excited to have this in my closet!

I found this almost identical suede fabric (that comes in ten other colors!), so snag yourself some and make one of these skirts…they’re so simple and I’ll be wearing mine all spring and summer long!

And if you don’t know how to sew, grab my online sewing course for only $60 right here — there’s a beginner and an intermediate course that cover everything I know about sewing in over 20 videos. Check them out right here if you’re interested in learning how to sew!

Merrick's Art Suede Button Down Skirt


1 yard faux suede fabric
Matching thread
Buttons – I bought mine at Jo-Ann’s, but these are the same ones
[optional]: 1 yard lining fabric (I used a lightweight cotton and it gave the suede fabric a little more bulk, making it drape better).

Step 1. Cut your fabric. You’ll need 2 skirt fronts, 1 skirt back, and lining for the waistband. Use an existing skirt as a pattern and this video to show you how to create your own pattern. Make sure you add 3 inches to the front skirt pieces so they can overlap in the front.

Step 2. Layer the lining and SKIRT BACK with wrong sides together and sew the darts in the skirt back.

Step 3.1. Layer the lining and SKIRT FRONT with wrong sides together.

Step 3.2. Pin the skirt front and back pieces together at the side seams.

Step 4: Hem or serge your WAISTBAND LINING.

Step 5. Take your WAISTBAND LINING and pin it across the waistband with right sides together. Sew together with a straight stitch, then fold it inside and press in place.

Step 6. Fold the front panels over half an inch, then over one inch. Pin in place, then sew down the front to create a panel for the buttons/buttonholes. Do this for both SKIRT FRONT pieces. Try your skirt on to make sure the panels are lined up directly over each other.

Step 7. Hem your skirt to your desired length.

Step 8. Try your skirt on and mark where you’d like your buttons. Use your buttonhole foot on your machine to create button holes down the front skirt panel.

Step 9. Use a needle and embroidery thread to sew your buttons down the other front skirt panel. And you’re done!

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  1. That skirt is really cute! Since I graduated from a fashion design course I never tried sewing again because my life has been so busy but now that I stumbled upon your blog I think I really want to try this.

    Marta – http://www.aroundcolours.blogspot.com

  2. Natali says:

    That suede skirt is amazing, you’re so handy, its inspiring!!! Beautiful casual outfit!


  3. Helen Reynolds says:

    Where did you find those Buffalo head nickel buttons? Those are awesome and perfect with the suede.

  4. Kris says:

    That thing is so good. I can’t wait to make it myself


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