Donovan Skirt


Size Range: 0-34 (up to a 62″ / 157.5 cm hip)

The Donovan Skirt is a beginner sewing pattern that teaches a variety of sewing techniques and results in a beautiful, everyday garment. This classic elastic waist skirt has the perfect amount of fullness and works in many different fabrics. It has roomy pockets, an optional drawstring, and two views. View A is a midi-length with a modern side slit and View B is a summery above-the-knee length.


Pattern Details

Sewing Level: Beginner
Size Range: 0-34 (up to a 62″ / 157.5 cm hip)

Recommended Fabrics:
Light to medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch. Cotton (lawn, poplin, seersucker, shirting), linen, silk crêpe de chine, poly crepe, and rayon/viscose challis or poplin work well. Structured fabrics will have more dramatic volume and more drapey fabrics will have more fluid movement.

Required Notions:
– Thread
– 1.5” wide elastic: Sizes 0-10: 28” (71 cm),  Sizes 12-20: 34” (86 cm), Sizes 22-35: 45” (114 cm)
– 2″ x 3″ (5 cm x 8 cm) of fusible interfacing

This is a print-at-home PDF pattern.
This pattern is designed to print at home on A4 (8.3” x 11.7”) or letter (8.5” X 11”) sized paper. Copyshop file is also provided (A0 – 33.1″ x 46.8″) A comprehensive instruction booklet is included.

About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.