Monday, May 26, 2008

FO #3 -- Our Favorite Skirt Pattern

FO #3: Our most-used and favorite skirt pattern!

This green skirt is a copy of a skirt from the Gap store. Four years ago Jessica fell in love with a Gap skirt but didn't want to pay the $$$$ to buy the skirt. Instead, she went home and made a pattern. At that time Jessica and some friends made 6 skirts using Jessica's pattern, and since then we've made this skirt numerous times. Katie requested this pattern again for this green skirt. She picked out the fabric and I sewed it up. I'm sure I will be making this pattern again, and again....

This skirt is simply 10 gores sewn together. This particular skirt has a shaped facing for the waist treatment, but we have made it with a narrow waistband as well. I used an invisible zipper down one side.

Someone recently asked for the measurements of the gore pieces: For the size 6 skirt, each panel is about 5.5 inches across at the top. At 10 inches down from the top, it starts to flare out to a width of 14.5" at the hem. These measurements include a 5/8" seam allowance. For the littlest skirt (Ellen in purple at 8 years old!) we simply used less gores. For the bigger skirts we widened the panels slightly and/or took smaller seam allowances.

These following 2 pictures were taken in 2004 and show the 6 original skirts that Jessica and the other girls made.



  1. Thanks for the skirt specs Ruth!

    Pam from ~Off The Cuff Style~

  2. Those are cute skirts!

  3. AnonymousMay 26, 2008

    What lovely pictures and how nice to have those close to you in their own versions. Blessed, you are.

  4. This is one of my favorite skirt silhouettes ... they are so girlie and flattering, as shown by your greats pics of all "your" girls wearing them. How fun that they all have the skirt, and the memories.

  5. AnonymousMay 26, 2008

    I remember when ya'll made those skirts for the first time!

    I Love them; they're so pretty!

  6. The skirt is so cute!! Thanks for the specs!

  7. Ruth....all of the skirts are great!!! The shape just looks perfect!!!

  8. AnonymousMay 29, 2008

    I see why this is a favorite pattern!

    What fabrics have you used to make these?

    I hope this comment doesn't show up 10 times, for some reason blogger isn't working well for me so I've tried several times. :)

  9. AnonymousMay 29, 2008 i really want to get my hands on that pattern. :) simply lovely!

  10. AnonymousMay 29, 2008

    Nice skirt. I am going to make it up for my 21 year old DD. Thank you for the information.

    Your daughters are lovely.

  11. That skirt is gorgeous! I'll have to add that one to the ever growing list! :) By the way, I linked to your blog on my blog.

  12. Thank you for all the lovely comments about the skirts. You are all so sweet. : )

    KarenH: We used cotton woven fabric for the skirts. The girls all enjoyed picking out their own prints, and it was neat to see each girls' personality show in their fabric choice.

    mdavis: Have you made your daughter's skirt yet? I'd love to see pictures when you finish.

  13. CUTE...skirts..would it be possible to make this skirt a little looser with a elastic waste?

  14. Love the skirts! And your blog! I gotta hop on over to your other blog, too!