tutorial: how to sew a reversible scalloped hem skirt

So the plan is to post a tutorial every month. And now that I’ve put that out there, I will be sure to jinx myself. Such is life.

Today, we shall make this DIY reversible scalloped skirt:

To make your scalloped hem skirt, you will need: Plain fabric, printed fabric, matching thread, elastic, sewing machine.


Cut two of the following:

NOTE: The length of the back pieces should match that of the curved length (along the sides) of your front pieces. Take your measuring tape and measure the length of the front pieces, from the waist, following the curve of the hips to the endpoint by the scalloped hem. My back pieces were an inch longer than my front pieces. 

Use a bowl or anything round to make your scallops. 

One is plain and the other is printed.

Okidokes, let’s sew!

1. Sew the sides of your DIY skirt pieces, right sides together. Plain to plain, printed to printed, of course.

2. Turn the plain parts inside out. Insert into the printed parts, right sides together. *** 3. Match the scallops and sew, printed to plain. *** 4. Clip along the scallops. BE CAREFUL.

5. Turn your skirt inside out. By this time, you’ll have a skirt with two sides, one printed, the other, plain. You can choose to sew the scallops flat or leave them be.

6. Flatten your skirt, making sure the seams match. Now sew an inch or two from the waistline. Let the width of your elastic be your guide. *** 7. Sew one end of the elastic to one side of the waistline and lay it flat along the back parts of the skirt pieces. Attach a safety pin to the other end of the elastic. ***8. Fold the waistine piping inwards. Make sure that you leave room for the elastic to be pulled to the other side of the waistline. Sew but leave a 2-inch allowance.

9. Using the safety pin, pull the elastic to the other side of the waistline. Remember, only the back part of the skirt will have an elastic waistline. Sew the end of the elastic to the skirt, following the side seams. 10. Sew the allowance shut.



1. You can choose to use two plain or printed fabrics. Of different colors and prints, of course.

2. Adjust your scallops according to the width of your DIY skirt hem. You can’t have a quarter of a scallop on one end or something like that. The scallops should be symmetrical.

3. You can sew the elastic in place by sewing along the waistline while stretching it.

4. Style high on your waist and tuck in place with a belt. Wear with a simple tank + black tights + your favorite shoes.

5. From the first photo above, you might think that this skirt is not really reversible and that it only has a printed back and plain front. See THIS for proof, thankyouverymuch.

17 thoughts on “tutorial: how to sew a reversible scalloped hem skirt

  1. When I saw the title of this blog post, I thought it sounded really complicated but you have made it seem much easier than I thought. A great tutorial, can’t wait to see more.

  2. hi , i love your creations..beautiful!! . im just starting to learn how to sew , i want to make dresses and skirts and pretty things for me and my two daughters.. i hope one day i can sew like you.!!keep up the good work :) , look forward to seeing more from you. thanks . and your instructions are great !!! thank you :)

  3. I dont understand the cutting of this. How did you ensure that the waist wasnt going to be too large with the size of your hips?

    1. How did you ensure that the waist wasnt going to be too large with the size of your hips?


      It won’t be because you’ll add elastic. :)

  4. Has anyone actually sewn this skirt? I am an experienced seamstress trying to teach my young friend to sew. She picked this pattern.
    I followed the directions carefully and luckily made one out of an old sheet first.
    The pattern makes NO sense and the end result is unwearable. If this is what printing patterns off line is about, count me out!!

    Please be more careful in the future.

    1. I apologize if this didn’t make any sense. However, this is not a pattern for download, simply a guide. I don’t offer patterns for clothes to download. I hope this doesn’t turn your friend off sewing.

  5. I actually made this yesterday and it turned out beautifully! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I’m going to be wearing this skirt all spring!

  6. I’m also wondering if anyone else has actually made this skirt?? I really love the look and idea of this skirt and would love to make one. All the instructions seem quite clear and self-explanitory up until the adding of the elastic. I am an experienced seamstress and am struggling to figure out this part of the tutorial. I’m wondering if it might be one of those things that’s particularly hard to describe in text, but once you have it in front of you it all makes sense?? I have been thinking about this a lot (because the skirt is so darn cute!) but the elastic section is putting me off. Meream, have you sewn along the length of the back of the skirt at the waist line, which will be come the lower part of the elastic casing (joining the tops of the two different fabrics together), then ironed down the entire circumference of the skirt (both fabrics), then stitched the elastic in place at the sides, then pinned the ironed in seam of the waist band then top stitched the lot to close it all up???? The instructions seem unclear at this point of the project and I’d love any clarification before going ahead :-) Thank you in advance for any advice!

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