What does a-line mean?

In dressmaking, the A-line design takes it name from the shape of the capital letter A. I can be a skirt or a dress that is fitted at the hips and gradually widens towards the hem and can be found in varying lengths. The term is also used to describe coats with a similar shape.

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5 FREE A-Line Patterns

Peruse through our round-up of a-line patterns to find you next project. We're bringing you a selection of free patterns which work for a range of abilities and are perfect for all seasons! There's something for everyone in this collection, click the links below to find the pattern you love!

Cute as a button

Feel cute as a button with this classic button-up A-line skirt. Download your pattern through the link and buy a copy of Love Sewing issue 93 to find your instructions.


Denim dress

Wardrobe staples don't come nicer than this! A classic fitted bodice and gentle A-line skirt with waist darts are universally flattering. Create in a host of fabric to make the most of this timeless design.


Walk this way

A-line skirts that you'll want to swish and sway are a wonderful addition to your wardrobe. This lovely design is great for beginners as it works in a range of fabric and you can learn to make darts, seams and install a zipper!


Tunic dress

Grab your favourite print fabric and use it to whip up this breezy tunic dress pattern. This project includes both templates and instructions so make sure you've downloaded everything before you begin.



A-line skirt

Sew a classic A-line style, and use the tutorial to draft stylish slash pockets. This gorgeous pattern originally featured in issue 38, click through to download yours today!


If you're looking for more sewing content on CraftWorld, check out the following links!

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Happy Sewing,