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Manuka Skirt

Below the Kowhai

The Mānuka Skirt is a staple for any women’s wardrobe. It is a diverse and interchangeable sewing pattern for wearing in all season. The faux button band, gathers and pockets all make this skirt a versatile and adaptable classic in your wardrobe. You’ll love the well-fitting and relaxed style of this skirt, and with an elastic back waistband it’s also comfortable. Featuring deep inseam or waistband pockets, and an optional faux button band (that’s right, no button holes (just the cred for them! –genius!)) our full photograph and video tutorials will walk you step by step through the process to start sewing your own garments. Create your own Mānuka Skirt with a light-medium weight cotton for summer, or a heavier fabric like corduroy for winter (imagine it with boots and tights – yes please!) The Mānuka Skirt pattern and its finishing touches will have you creating a garment that boasts handmade of such a high quality! Regardless of your sewing skills (beginner or advanced), you will up-skill and learn some new techniques along the way.
Gathered skirt
Inseam pockets
Waistband pockets
Faux button band
Flat front and elastic back
Fully lined waist band
Enclosed waist band seams
Exclusive video tutorial

Sewing Level:
Beginners will love the comprehensive instructions and easy to follow pattern. The more advanced will delight in the clean professional lines of the design and the well-fitting pattern.
You’ll love the look of buttons without the work. The instructions for the pockets are detailed in each step along with photos to guide you through the process. If pockets make you nervous, give them a go and enjoy your finished results!
Whatever your stage of sewing, I know you will love the versatility of The Mānuka Skirt in your arsenal of patterns.
Fabric Suggestions:
Choose light to medium weight fabrics that can be easily pressed, this will ensure a nice enclosed waist band.
For summer think: Cottons, voile, rayon, linen and linen blends, chambray and light denims etc
For winter think: Upholstery weight cottons, corduroy, velvet, etc
Fit and Ease of Garment:
The Women’s Mānuka Skirt has been created to wear at the waist, with the hem landing just below the knee. The flat front sits nicely over the waist, and the elastic back keeps it taught and comfortable.
When you are choosing what size to create, measure around the waist (the narrowest part of the torso). Use the waist measurement to determine what size to create.
This pattern has been made using Standard NZ and UK measurements and might seem different to what you usually buy in stores. Therefore, use the size the chart says you are to fit the waist, and if required, lengthen or shorten the skirt as needed.

Women’s sizes; 6-22

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Denim / Corduroy, Linen, Wools / Suiting

Make time

Half a day, All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner


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, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50

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