After releasing 3 years ago, this original Children’s Mānuka Skirt quickly became a classic Below the Kōwhai pattern. It is loved by many of our sewists around the world.
In May 2019 so are so happy to have updated the pattern and brought out a Women’s Mānuka Skirt version.
The Mānuka Skirt takes its inspiration from the flowering Mānuka Tree around coastal New Zealand. It’s sweet, dainty white or pink flowers attract bees and produce our pure healing mānuka honey. New Zealanders love Mānuka, it’s a staple of our way of life down here.
We know this Below the Kōwhai pattern will be a wardrobe favourite for your little one (and you!).
The faux button band, gathers and pockets all make this skirt a versatile and adaptable classic that you can make your own.
You’ll love the well-fitting and relaxed style of this skirt, and with an elastic back waistband it’s also comfortable on little pukus (tummies).
Featuring 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 garments for the little lady in your life.
Create your 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.
- Instant PDF digital pattern OR printed paper pattern
- Children’s sizes 1-10 (now available in a bundle with the Women’s Mānuka Skirt)
- 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
- Layered pattern (you can choose to only print required sizes)
- Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this skirt
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.
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 at 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 American 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.
Fabric and Fit Chart:
Additional Notions Required:
- Interfacing for front waistband
- Non-roll elastic 25mm width (length supplied in chart)
- Safety Pin or bodkin (for threading elastic)
- 4 x buttons if required (approximately 20mm wide)
What You Get When You Purchase:
Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes files for pattern to print at home, A0 copy shop pattern and instructions.
These downloads will also be available in the “My Account + Downloads” section of this website when you are logged in. This is where the most updated version of your purchases will be and you can access it any time. In the future I may revise this pattern and slightly alter it. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.
You can choose to print the Children’s Mānuka Skirt pattern at home, or use the pattern tracing dimension within the tutorial to transfer the measurements onto your fabric. The digital pattern is 12 pages long in black and white, and can be printed on A4 or US Letter paper on your home computer and then assembled for use.
You will receive a comprehensive tutorial with instructions, photos and tips to guide you in your sewing of this garment, along with access to an exclusive video tutorial. Please view this tutorial on your device or computer to save the trees, or if you must print, print in colour.
Pattern printed on quality pattern tissue paper with full colour instruction booklet and pattern envelope. Flat rate shipping worldwide. Click here to view our shipping and delivery information.
What’s a PDF?
A digital document viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can save, view and print these documents on your computer or device an unlimited amount of times.
Returns and Support
Because this is a digital product and can be saved to your computer, returns are not available unless at some fault of my own. So, please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern!
In lieu of returns I offer comprehensive online support to those who are sewing! You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram and email, and you can expect a prompt reply! I will endeavour to help you in any way I can.
So, what are you waiting for? Create your own beautiful Mānuka Skirt with this pattern and show off your creations!
This sewing pattern is by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. Sewists and children around the world have tested this pattern. Please leave a review, or pop over to our Facebook page to show us a photo of your Kauri Dress!