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How to sew reversible balloon skirt

Fabienne reversible balloon skirt PDF sewing pattern

Our FABIENNE skirt pattern comes with two silhouettes to choose from: Version 1 is classic and straight, and Version 2 features a gathered balloon hem. We also include two waistband options - with an encased elastic band, or with knitted rib fabric.

We have classified this project as requiring Medium skill level. The balloon skirt construction is a fun challenge. But fear not - we have a video tutorial that will lead you through the project, step-by-step.

Skill Level: Medium

Recommended Fabric: Jersey. Since this skirt has no closures, it requires a stretchy fabric so the skirt can be pulled up over the hips.

If you would like to use a fabric without stretch, the finished width of your skirt will have to be wider than the width of the wearer's hips, and so you will need to sew a size that is higher than you would normally have chosen.

Seam Allowance: The pattern includes 1cm (3/8") seam allowance

Provided with your purchase:

  • A Test Print document to help you ensure that you will print your pattern in the proper scale;
  • An “eBook”, with step-by-step instructions for sewing your project;
  • An “Overview”, which is a snapshot of all the pattern pieces;
  • The pattern pieces, in two paper size formats: A4 for our European customers, and US Letter for our North American customers. Simply print the PDF for the paper size you normally use;

This pattern includes 8 printable individual sizes: 110,116,122,128,134,140,146 and 152 (5yr, 5/6yr, 6yr, 7/8yr, 8yr, 9/10yr, 10yr, 12yr).

Required material based on a 1,40 meter (55") bolt:

Additionally, the knitted ribbing/cuff fabric waistband option requires 25cm (10″) of cuff fabric.

Sizes EU (International): Fabric consumption: Finished length Optional elastic Addt'l elastic
without waistband waistband (est.) for balloon hem
cm (in") cm (in") cm (in") cm (in")
110 (5yr) 28cm (11") 24cm (9 1/2") 54cm (21 1/4") 60cm (23 5/8")
116 (5-6yr) 29cm (11 3/8") 25cm (9 7/8") 55cm (21 5/8") 61cm (24")
122 (6yr) 30cm (11 3/4") 26cm (10 1/4") 56,5cm (22 1/4") 62cm (24 3/8")
128 (7-8yr) 31cm (12 1/4") 27cm (10 5/8") 58cm (22 7/8") 63cm (24 3/4")
134 (8yr) 32cm (12 5/8") 28cm (11") 59,5cm (23 3/8") 64cm (25 1/4")
140 (9-10yr) 33cm (13") 29cm (11 3/8") 61cm (24") 65cm (25 5/8")
146 (10yr) 34cm (13 3/8") 30cm (11 3/4") 62,5cm (24 5/8") 66cm (26")
152 (12yr) 35cm (13 3/4") 31cm (12 1/4") 64cm (25 1/4") 67cm (26 3/8")


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How to sew reversible balloon skirt