Sunday, June 13, 2010

Skirts, Skirts, Skirts

I'm on a skirt kick right now. Skirts are fun to sew, easy to fit, and comfortable to wear. They can be dressed up or down. I love to wear skirts, especially in the summer, and so I decided to sew a few for myself. Both these skirts are made from the same pattern, and yes, it's from Ottobre.

Pattern: Ottobre 05/07 Design #4
This easy to sew lined skirt has a curved, fitted waistband and closes with an invisible zipper down the center back seam. The magazine gives three variations of this same pattern. I like that it only takes one yard of 60" wide fabric.

Skirt #1: I made this blue floral skirt first.

Fabric used: I used a stretch cotton that I discovered does not really have enough drape for this pattern. The skirt tends to stand out from my body, but hopefully after I wash it a few times it will hang better. One way to fix this problem would be to take out some of the flare from the pattern, but I don't feel like taking it apart to do so. So, I'll leave it alone as is. The skirt is lined with lining fabric from my stash.

Changes and Construction details: I like my skirts to fit about 1" below my natural waist. I think this pattern must run big because I had to take bigger seam allowances to make it fit right. I should have compared my low-waist measurement to the pattern pieces instead of just going by the pattern measurement chart.

I interfaced both the waistband and the waistband facing to give the waist extra body and to prevent the waistline seam from stretching out.

Oh, I just love my Pfaff invisible zipper foot. For years I sewed invisible zippers with a generic plastic foot, but let me tell you, the "real" foot works 100% better.

Skirt #2: What do you think? Is this next skirt too little-girl or too "homeschool mom" for me? My 2 older daughters at home seem to think so. I kind of like it, though. Casual for summer and hey, just about any color top matches.

Fabric: The fabric is a lightweight denim with appliqued flowers. I bought this fabric at Hancock's because it was marked down at a good price. This fabric is not something I normally would choose for myself, but I found that I love this skirt in this fabric.

Changes and Construction details: I took off some of the fullness/flare of the a-line skirt by taking off two inches at the side seam hem and tapering up to the original waistline. Also, the lightweight denim does not require the wearing of a slip, so I did not line the skirt. The waistband is faced with a red floral print. I stabilized the waistband seam with twill tape to prevent stretching.

Conclusion: I love this pattern, I love both skirts, and who knows, I may make another one...or two....

Coming soon: With the remaining fabric, I made this sweet skirt for Emily using a delightful pattern from Sew Blessed Designs. I'll tell you about it next time.

Happy Sewing,


  1. Cute, Cute and cute!!! And no, the denim skirt isn't too "homeschool mom", it would have to be lots longer with no cute flowers on it.....(hee-hee)

  2. AnonymousJune 14, 2010

    Nice skirts, I love to wear them too!
    Greetings from Switzerland
    Chnuesi (Iris)

  3. Very cute skirts. I think the denim one is darling.

  4. The denim skirt is perfect for summer and doesn't say "homeschool mom" at all. It says fun mom!:)

  5. Cute!! I love them both, no homeschool mom vibes here either, haha. :D (ps, I love that pattern too!)

  6. I love the denim skirt! It reminds me of the stuff they sell on the Boden website and their clothes are definitely very cool! Nice job!!!!

  7. I love skirts, too. Your skirts are cute. I especially love Skirt No. 2.


  8. I like them both. The second one looks fun and great for going almost anywhere! I'm not a homeschool Mom and I'd wear it :)

  9. Both skirts are great, especially the denim. I like a-line skirts because they're flattering and more practical than straighter skirts, especially for homeschooling moms, hehe.

  10. Very cute! I like them both!

    And I agree with the others, the second one does not say "homeschool mom". I think you need a denim jumper dragging on the ground to convey that message. ;-)

  11. Adorable skirts! I love that you can throw on a pair of flip flops or sandals with a skirt and top and just go.