Ness Skirt

Tilly and the Buttons


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Buy the Ness Skirt sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. Elevate your sewing with this classic fly front skirt pattern. Ness looks stylish year-round, paired with a t-shirt in summer or a roll neck in winter. This straight skirt has a shaped waistband and curved back yoke for a flattering fit. Choose from a mini version or a below-the-knee hemline with a centre front split. Details inspired by denim include a zip fly front, topstitched mock felled seams, belt loops, the all-important in-seam pockets, and optional back pockets for stashing your essentials.

The Ness pattern includes jargon-busting instructions, helpful sewing tips, and colour photos showing you each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.

What we think: It has pockets – do we need to say more?! The Ness Skirt has all the classic denim details, but would also look great in other fabrics such as corduroy and wool. This pattern is ideal for an intermediate maker who wants to perfect their topstitching skills!

Suggested fabrics: Medium- to heavy-weight woven fabrics, such as denim, corduroy, jacquard, gobelin (tapestry), drill or wool, preferably with a little stretch for comfort.

Fabric requirements:

Mini skirt: 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: 1.2 m (1 3/8 yards) // 115 cm (45″) wide fabric: 1.6 m (1 3/4 yards)

Knee-length skirt: 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: 1.4 m (1 5/8 yards) // 115 cm (45″) wide fabric: 1.8 m (2 yards)

Sizing: 1 – 8 (UK 6 – 20). Please check the size chart.

Notions: Matching thread; 0.3 m (3/8 yard) medium-weight cotton fabric for pocket bags; 0.5 m (5/8 yard) x 90 cm (36″) wide iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric); 12.5 cm (5″) jeans zip; 15-18 mm (5/8″) button with shank; optional: contrast topstitch thread and topstitch/embroidery machine needle.

Bonus: Download a free coin pocket pattern piece for the Ness Skirt from Tilly and the Buttons here.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Additional information


Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton / Twill / Gabardine, Jacquard / Brocade, Wools / Suiting

Make time

All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner, Intermediate


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

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