The Kelham - the Ultimate A-line Skirt Pattern


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Everyone needs a few A-line skirts. They're one of the most flattering skirt shapes that seem to suit almost every body shape.  Even better they're the perfect blank canvas on which to practice a whole range of dressmaking techniques; waistbands, facings, zips, pockets, pleats and even if you fancied it some embellishment.

The Kelham pattern includes 2 different ways to finish the waist of the skirt; with a waistband or waist facing. There are 2 different length options, a version with a pocket and the option to add a centre front pleat. Basically every kind of A-line skirt you can imagine!  The Kelham skirt is designed to sit just below the natural waist. See more versions on this Pinterest board.

All versions are included in the pattern and the instructions will walk you through all the different options, including my foolproof method for inserting a zip.

The pattern is multi-sized and printed on 80gsm white paper (not flimsy tracing paper) which is packaged in a white paper bag with an A4 book of instructions (example in last photo). This is NOT a downloadable pdf pattern that you have to print and stick together yourself.

7 sizes are included in the pattern ranging from hip size 92cm to 119cm (36.5" to 47"). This pattern is sized based on body measurements not dress sizes and includes full details of finished garment measurements for each size to make sure you get the right size first time.

The Kelham skirt is designed for mid weight woven fabrics and works in a wide range of fabrics from denim and needlecord to cotton poplin and lightweight wools. 

The pattern comes with a thorough instruction booklet which covers: 

  • finished garment measurements
  • fabric requirements
  • cutting layouts
  • an explanation of fabric layouts and cutting
  • instructions & diagrams for how to make all the different variations.

The patterns are designed and written by Wendy Ward, an experienced designer and qualified teacher and they have been thoroughly road-tested by her eager sewing students. Rest assured you will find MIY Collection patterns well explained in down-to-earth and accessible language with clear, detailed diagrams.  Wendy has been writing instructions for people just like you since 2007.

Find sewing tips and more on Wendy's blog at

In the EU? You need to order from the MIY Collection Etsy Shop.

Thanks and happy sewing!

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