Ella is a gathered skirt pattern designed for woven fabrics. It’s a step above basic, with a subtle high-low hem finished with a gathered tier.
The skirt has an A-line silhouette, which gives a flattering drape and movement through the hip. Choose from three different lengths: above the knee, on the knee, and midi length. There are also three pocket styles. Try patch pockets to create a more casual style, or go for a hidden pocket on the side seam.
The Ella skirt waistband sits on the natural waist. It closes with an invisible zip at centre back, and a hook and bar closure. Beginners will find this a great pattern to advance their skills, with detailed instructions for each step. Stable, medium weight fabrics are the easiest option to sew, while floaty rayons or silks will challenge you a bit more (but drape delightfully!).
What you get:
This product is a digital download and includes printable PDFs of the pattern in both A0 (for large format printing at copy shops), and A4/US Letter size (for printing at home).
Included with the pattern is a fully illustrated instruction booklet with step by step directions to achieving sewing success.
- Your PDF files are layered! You can choose to print only the sizes you need.
- The only place that the skirt is fitted is at the waist, meaning the fitting process is totally low fuss!
- Learn how to sew gathers, in-seam pockets and a fitted waistband, with step by step instructions and diagrams.
- This is a great skill-building pattern for confident beginners, with extra in-depth instructions for the invisible zip.
Find all the extra inspiration and info on sewing this pattern at our Ella page.
And check out customer makes on Instagram here.
Ella is designed for light to medium weight non-stretch wovens with good drape. Cotton, viscose/rayon, silk, wools, and linen are all ideal. Fabrics with more body such as linen or cotton chambray will emphasise the A-line shape, while drapey fabrics such as rayons will hang closer to the body. This pattern is suitable for directional prints.
Sizes 28 to 40: 1m (1.1 yards) of lightweight woven fusible interfacing.
Sizes 42 to 48: 1.2m (1.3 yards) of lightweight woven fusible interfacing.
Thread, Invisible zip (23cm/9”), one hook and bar fastener, fusing tape – buy pre-made fusing tape, or cut strips of fusing along grainline. These strips should be about 1.3cm (1/2”) wide.)
The fabric requirements allow for directional prints. Allow extra fabric if matching large-scale prints, or if lengthening the skirt.
See image slideshow for the fabric requirements charts.
Ella is suitable for intermediate sewers, but confident beginners can sew this pattern too. For an easier sewing experience, pick a more stable fabric.
Available in sizes 28 - 48.
Our model wears a size 34.
Forget-me-not patterns are designed for a height of 5’6” (168cm).
See our sizing page for our sizing charts and additional information.