Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cascading Petal Skirt

dressin up week

Wow. This is my last piece for Dressin’ Up Week. I’ve had a lot of fun focusing so much attention on sewing clothes for myself. I was telling Nolan the other day that I’ve really enjoyed the creative challenge of thinking through a new piece of clothes every day. But as much fun as I’ve had, I think it might be a little while before I make something new for myself.

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I’ve wanted to make a pencil skirt for a while, and now I have. I didn’t set out with that intention for this skirt though, oops! My initial plan was to have pieces that angled in different directions from each other, making somewhat of a basket weave pattern. But then as I began sewing, a new skirt started taking shape.

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I laid out two pieces just wider than the width I was waning for the skirt, then cut strips of varying lengths, all with a slight angle to them. I did a rolled hem on each of them, and then laid the front panel of the skirt out with each strip on top of each other, making sure they all lined up at the waist band. I then serged all the layers together around the sides and top because my material frays a lot. I did the same for the back. Then I made an 8” thick band the length of my natural waist. I folded and ironed it in half so it became a 4” band, then flipped it right sides together and sewed the ends together, then turned it back right side out. Make sense?

I then sewed the skirt panels, right sides together, on just one of the side seams. The skirt was wider than the waist band, so I gathered a section in the middle on both the front and back. Pinned the waist band to the skirt and sewed together, so the finished ends of the waist band were at the open side seam. I added a zipper into the open ends, then finished off the side seam. And it was finished!

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The fabric has a bit of a shimmer to it, making this skirt the perfect pretty and professional piece while also easily becoming perfect for a fancy event. I’m excited about the possibilities!


  1. How cute! I love the fabric, and that's such a fun skirt idea! I know what you mean about pieces having a mind of their own--so often, my projects turn out SO different than I imagined. It's like they have their own plan ;-)

  2. Okay, I don't know you, but I am a friend of Jen T.'s and you totally inspire me to start sewing. For the record, I don't sew. It totally overwhelms me. But you? You are Hands down. Amazing. With four little girls at home and more on the way from Ethiopia I should definitely learn how to sew!:)

  3. Absolutely beautiful.

    Found you via Someday Crafts.

  4. The fabric has a bit of a shimmer to it, making this skirt the perfect pretty and professional piece while also easily becoming perfect for a fancy event. I’m excited about the possibilities!

    Love the alliteration! And the skirt. I may have to break out some silky fabric and give a shot. P.S. You are a total inspiration to me. I love checking out what you are up to. What I end up doing isn't always the same but you give me such great places to start!

  5. I love that whole outfit! The color of the skirt is gorgeous!

  6. this is so beautiful. I LOVE the color.

  7. Love it! It looks so wonderful on you, too! The whole outfit is great! Thank you for sharing. :)

  8. ah this is so cute!! i love it :) the color is perfect!

  9. This is darling! Great job! I would love it if you would come link this up to my Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party!!
    xoxo, Ashley J

  10. this looks so beautiful! love the color. very pretty.

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    thanks so much for sharing!

  11. That skirt is beautiful- I absolutely adore the drape of the petals!!
    Thank you for sharing -Q


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