Green Marie Skirt with Pockets

The Burdastyle website is perfect for browsing projects for inspiration and also for downloading free patterns.

For this skirt I used the Marie Skirt  pattern (downloaded from Burda Style) and made some minor adjustments.

green skirt madebynomes
green skirt madebynomes


The front of the I have added 2 pockets using some pocket patterns I have drafted for a previous skirt  (as posted on my blog)

On the back of the skirt I reduced the size ofd the pleats and lengthened the sewing to ensure the back wasn’t too puffy!

marie skirt with side zipper and pockets
marie skirt with side zipper and pockets

I have also lined the skirt so I will be perfect to wear with black opaque tights during the winter months

green marie skirt with pockets
green marie skirt with pockets




Market skirt upgrade – the finished product

This project started with a skirt I bought from Wimbledon “car boot” markets for 1 pound.

In essence I have made 2 skirts in the process to get to the final finished product. I’m a little annoyed with all the extra hours spent unpicking the stitching, only to sew it again and unpick it again!!

tartan skirt with waistband pleats
tartan skirt with waistband pleats

I initially wanted to have a waistband that also showed the top part of the pleats; however this made the skirt look very bulky and added a few inches to the look of my waist – not a good look. So I armed myself with my quick un-picker and removed almost all the stitching.

Second attempt had the same number of pleats on the skirt, 2 side pockets (pattern taken from dress) and a fitted, neat waistband (no over the top visual pleats) This finished product was still too puffed out around the hips, and the numerous pleats made the skirt too voluminous. Again I spent an hour unpicking the waistband, back  and side seams

3rd time lucky – I sure do hope so! I removed all of the pleats – ironed the fabric flat and then started from scratch. 3 big pleats in the front, 4 in the back.  The finished skirt is a good fit and the pleats sit well.

Materials used

tartan fabric rescued from tartan skirt- 1 pound from market

1 zipper – 30p from charity shop

half meter of polyester lining – 1 pound from fabric shop

1 hook and eye – free

sewing time – 12+ hours (way too long!! )

Wear Made By Nomes daily mission

I have been thinking recently how nice it would be to wear at least 1 item of “Made By Nomes” clothing every single day.

Looking through my cupboard I can see a few “Made By Nomes” summer dresses – not really appropriate for London autumnal weather … but there are 2 winter skirts and 2 tops which would work well the chilly weather … So that covers at least 4 days.

My mission for the month of November is to create one nice brooch, a belt and also few key garments which I can mix and match with shop bought clothes to attempt my wear “Made By Nomes” daily.

Sorbetto Top

sorbetto with sleeves pocket front detail
Sorbetto Top - I like the small pocket, handy for phone or oyster card

Burdastyle skirt pattern

green African print skirt with lining
Green African print skirt with lining

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