Freckles in April: Spring Skirt Number 2

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Skirt Number 2

Wearing Downeast Basics shirt, skirt by me, thrifted shoes

When I asked for skirt and dress suggestions Anne left a comment with a link to J. Crew's Dorrie skirt. I fell in love with the topstitch detail on the waistband and pockets and decided to give it a try.

I found a great cream colored linen blend at SAS (my faaavorite place for fabric and notions) for $2.99 a yard. Score.

It's just a gathered rectangle (60x22. Should have done more like 54x22 so the skirt would have hung a little straighter), patch pockets, and a waistband (go to sewing techniques > waistlines > straight waistband) with several rows of topstitching.

I am not pregnant, despite what this photo would have you believe.

I actually made 2 versions. Skirt 1.0 was high waisted and I decided I didn't like the rise. But it came together so easily I was like, "I'll make another one! No big deal!" And then Skirt 2.0 was nearly the death of me. Every. single. seam. had to be picked out at least once. The pockets gave me fits. The fabric snagged.

Sometimes the sewing gods shine down upon you and sometimes they spit in your face and stomp on your project and make you say bad words. BUT! In the end, I triumphed. Mostly. If I were to tackle this again I wouldn't do a tabbed waistband (I think it looks unintentional) and I'd make the pockets bigger (they always seem so big before you take out the seam allowance!). But otherwise I'm really happy with it! It's a great lightweight skirt for the warmer weather we have coming at us this week!


  1. Your skirt making skills are second to none! I'm terribly jealous :)

    C x
    Have you check out my giveaway yet?

  2. very nice! i like the waistband.

  3. I am IN LOVE with this skirt!!! You are so talented!!

  4. you are amazing. this is darling! want to make me one? i'll bake you cookies.

  5. Wow! Very impressed, and it looks so cute on you.

  6. It's so pretty and I like the tabbed waist. I need to dust off my sewing machine and figure out how to use it.

  7. great job on the skirt :)

    Just Better Together
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  8. You have some serious skillz! I LOVE the waistband and pockets.

    At least when you say bad words, you can blame it on the sewing gods. I can only blame myself. Not that I say bad words...

    North Meets South

  9. wow!!!

    insanely impressed and insanely jealous. You need to do a button hole tutorial on those pretties. wow.

    love love love it!!

  10. I think the tabbed waistband looks totally intentional and very, very cool. Great job.

  11. I think i'm going to try this one!!


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