Sewing is a visual activity, and needs to be explained visually. With this in mind, DIYcouture takes a different approach from that of conventional sewing patterns, using diagrams and photographs to explain the making process. Our instructions are simple as well as detailed and will guide you carefully through construction. Download some of DIYcouture's tips and instructions below.

How to make a tulip skirt

front cover of 'How to make a tulip skirt' eBook

'How to make a tulip skirt' is the first full set of clothes-making instructions to be released as a free downloadable eBook by DIYcouture.

The tulip skirt hugs the waist and flares out at the hips to give a shapely, Vivienne Westwood-esque silhouette.

For images of the various ways the tulip skirt can be made and worn, please have a look at our gallery.

Three poses wearing DIYcouture's tulip skirt

How to sew with straight stitch

extract from 'How to sew straight stitch' Pdf

How to sew with zig-zag stitch

thumbnail image showing zig zag stitch Pdf

How to make a loop fastening

extract from 'making a loop fastening' Pdf

How to make a turban hairband

front cover of hairband instructions

How to join multiple fabrics

extract from 'How to join fabric' Pdf

A very simple skirt tutorial

two hands put a pin into an unfinished skirt