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. Improvements: 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! I have also lined the skirt so I will be perfect to wear with black opaque tights during … Continue reading

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!! 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 … Continue reading

Market skirt upgrade

A visit to the “car boot sale” Sunday morning markets in Wimbledon is not for the faint hearted. These markets are held in the car park of Wimbledon Greyhound track and attract a mixed bag of offerings – a load of junk and a few interesting pieces of clothing, toys, home-ware etc. Be sure to take plenty of small change as most items can be haggled down to a pound or less. There is also a fresh food section where seasonal fruit & veg can be bought and also meat from the butcher vans – look out for bulk purchases … Continue reading

Geometric Reversible Skirt with Spots

I made this little skirt on Saturday, using some African wax print cotton and some spotty fabric – it is the same pattern as the skirt in my reversible skirt tutorial    I initially got the idea for this skirt from  http://verypurpleperson.com/2009/12/easy-full-skirt-and-little-tutorial.html. I have made a few adjustment to suit my choice of fabric. It was pretty easy to create – just 90 minutes of time and using only 2 lengths of fabric, elastic and my trusty Singer sewing machine. This skirt is now for sale on Etsy – so be sure to check it out. (custom orders are available! – contact … Continue reading

Green skirt with lining

This skirt I made last year at the end of summer. It is based on another pattern I saw on the Burder Style website –   Ida Maria high waisted skirt . This pattern is a great basic skirt pattern which can be easily modified for other great skirt designs. Essentially 2 lengths of fabric approx 50cm x 70cm,  1 length of waistband fabric approx 80cm x 10cm and a zipper. I modified the pattern slightly to include fixed pleats at the waist band rather than just gathered fabric along with adding lining to the skirt. The skirt has a zipper on … Continue reading

Reversible Skirt – Tutorial

I have been thinking about making a reversible elastic waist skirt for several months as I like the idea of 2 skirts in one …. perfect for travelling or simply to wear when you think you might change your mind half way through the day! I initially got the idea for this skirt from http://verypurpleperson.com/2009/12/easy-full-skirt-and-little-tutorial.html. I have made a few changes, along with making the skirt reversible. I’ve put together a tutorial of how I made my skirt; however this may not be the best nor the preferred way to make the skirt -but it worked for me 1. Take 2 lengths of fabric approx 50cm wide by 115cm wide. I … Continue reading

Cute little skirt

I used the following website as a tutorial for this “Milk Maid” skirt. http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/2009/11/milkmaid-skirt-tutorial.html The use of bias binding on the pockets and around the hem is fantastic – as well as being contrasting in colour, it was easy to apply. I did try and make my own bias binding; however is was rather difficult and so much easier to buy !! The tutorial was easy to follow, and I feel confident that I could make another one of these skirts in about 2 hours. I really love this skirt – it’s very comfortable, the pockets are a good size … Continue reading