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Tree circle skirt


My parents got a new slim tall Christmas tree this year.  The old tree skirt was just too big (even after taking and trimming it with scissors).  No stores really seem to sell small (like 36 inches or 30 inch diameter) skirts.

So the Christmas tree got a simple full circle skirt with lace and fleece backing.


First up was estimating how much fabric to buy.  Guessing, 15 inch waist for the tree (because I didn’t have the ability to measure it) and back calculating to check to see if it is a reasonable pole diameter.  Remember that the circumference of the circle is Pi multiplied by diameter.  Estimated pole was 4.5 inches.  Outer radius for bottom of skirt was estimated at 20.25 inches (for around 36 inch skirt diameter).  So I could squeak by with 1.25 yards of fabric (that is with 5 inches of extra space.  I told my mom 1.5 yards just to be on the safe side.


After we picked up the fabric, I measured the tree.  Its waist line is more like 7 or 8 inches instead of 15.  Also, my parents decided on 30 inches diameter instead of 36 inches.  All the math had to be recalculated.  Since I didn’t pull back up the circle skirt calculators from the internet, I had to make sure I added at least 1 seam allowance for the waist.  It is a case were smaller diameter will be fine.

Half circles were cut.  Lace was applied to the outer layer.  Then fleece and outer layer were stitched together with an opening for turning it right side out.  Everything then was top-stitched closed.




Liesl + Co Everyday Skirt

I have at least 5 navy tops (either just plain navy or navy/ cream stripe) that really needed a lighter colored skirt to go with for the summer. My current light colored skirt (Vogue 1247 ) is just too short to wear to work.   As for fabric, I had a light colored cotton twill which was recently added to the stash.  I decided to try out the Liesl + Co everyday skirt to fill the wardrobe hole.


After reading some reviews and such, I was torn on what size to make. In the end, I decided on a large.  The only alterations I made was to shorten the skirt by an inch and to shorten the elastic (probably by three inches).   Since, I didn’t have three- quarter inch elastic at home, I went ahead and used one and half- inch elastic instead.  This did make the back of my skirt bulky especially because of shortening the elastic.  To tame it down some, I zig-zag stitched down the center of the elastic.


As of right now, I am not sure if I would be better going down to the medium or just altering the large more. The side seams feel too far back.  I think taking a quarter-inch (for a half- inch total) out of the center front would help that.  I would definitely go out and buy half- inch and three-quarter inch elastic for any future versions.  Otherwise, I know the back piece needs less width but I don’t know how much to take out.  The length needs to go up at least another inch beyond what I have done.  I really want it to end just above the knee that way there is a gap between the top of my boots that I wear in winter and the bottom of the skirt.




Denim Vogue 1247

DSCI0152Looking at great everyday clothing, I realized I am lacking a denim blue jean skirt. Thanks to my mom I got two yards of denim (or as she told the lady cutting 2 pounds of denim).


I choose to use the skirt Vogue 1247 (Rachel Comey) again. I love my tan denim version; however, it is a little short to wear to work without leggings on under.  It is hard to believe that this pattern is out of print now especially when you look and see 120 reviews for it on Pattern Review.


Like before I used the size 18. But this time I took the bottom skirt front and bottom skirt back and added 2 inches in length (most of this ended up being use in the hem of this skirt).  For a faster sew, I didn’t use the bias binding on the seams.  I went ahead and used my serger instead.

Because of the stretch of the denim, I pulled in my side seams an extra quarter-inch on each side. The pockets use a little of the quilting cotton I picked up to make my Samantha doll a new dress (not even started her dress yet but do have the pattern cut).



Simplicity 1163

So I tried really hard to get a photo of the skirt without Lala on it and it was near impossible without locking him in his cage.  Pictures with bunny it is then.

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This is the present I made my mom for Christmas.  I used the size 22 for a start (37 in waist); then adjusted it for a 44 inches total.  I divided this evenly between the front and back.  At the back I added to the center back about 1 inch (for 2 inches total) then the rest went to the side seams.  The front I did slash and spread some and then added the last on the side seams.

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The skirt does have pleats on the front wrap (to be honest they do get lost in the print of the skirt).  Otherwise, the skirt went together fairly fast.  I think after I finished the pattern alterations, it only took two evenings to sew everything together.

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I did used a little bit thicker waistband and elastic for the skirt.  I serged the bottom then rolled it twice for the hem.


Veronika skirt

I probably finished this in August.  I am just now getting around to get pictures of it.  Every time there was nice weather for pictures, I either forgot to bring the skirt or my camera out to my parents’ house.  Finally, I broke down and decided just to just the timer on the camera so I can get the pictures done.  So you got pictures with the bunny so I didn’t fall over him while doing pictures.

This is the Veronika skirt from Megan Nielsen patterns.  It is available for free!  It is a circle skirt with waistband, fabric and pocket options.



I used the left over scuba knit from my Lindy petal skirt to make view C of the skirt.  The scuba knit was very easy to sew with. Since the scuba knit has some body to it, the skirt sort of ripple folds and flairs away without any sort of petticoat to hold it out.


I didn’t do any pattern alterations.  I used a size XL.  Instead of the normal 5/8 inch seam allowance, I used a smaller one so I would have a 35″ waist for my skirt.

I think the skirt is a little long for me; maybe around an inch or two.  I feel a little short when I wear it and look in the mirror.  If I was to make this again, I would definitely be shorting it.  I would like it to fall at my knee.

This would definitely be a skirt pattern to consider using again.  I am at the top of the size range with using a knit skirt.  So any future knit skirts, I would be taking the extra length off the bottom.  But considering that I would have to alter the pattern to get it to fit for woven, it may be more beneficial to take the extra length off in the waist of the skirt to get the wider waist and just add the length needed on the waistband.

So the failed Closet Case Files Ginger jeans really have taken a toll on my sewing confidence.  Since the failure, I have only made 2 items, the McCall’s 7094 blouse and the True Bias Sutton blouse (still needing pictures).  I am still planning on making a skirt for my mom for Christmas.  After that, I think I may switch up to doll clothes and a couple of Pinterest tutorials for boot cuffs while I decide what pattern to do next.  I am definitely not ready to tackle the jeans again.

So far the top pattern considerations are:

  • Liesel & Co Late Lunch tunic
  • Pattern Review’s Winter Street dress
  • McCall’s 6605
  • Tilly & the Button’s Bettine
  • McCall’s 5856 (pleated skirt)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Lindy Petal Skirt

DSCI0012One night I decided that I needed a simple easy project.  I decided to try out the recently released Itch to Stitch Lindy Petal Skirt.  I went ahead and trace out the Lindy petal skirt.  I used the size medium at the waist and waistband and graded out to large at the hips.

For this skirt I used scuba knit.  Scuba knit is a bit thicker than the recommended fabrics.

The medium was fine at the waist.  However, the large was too big at the hips.  I brought in the side seams at least 5/8 inch (for 2.5 inches total).  So I probably ended up at slightly under the medium in size.


Lindy has an elastic waistband but doesn’t use the casing method for the elastic.  I am not fond of the casing method because it always seems like the safety-pin I use unfasten and falls off the elastic or I lose the second end and have to pull it all out and redo it.  I am going to call what the Lindy pattern uses as the sandwich method.  I felt that the sandwich method was very easy (so much so that I was able to have a nice neat waistband on first try) and produced a nice looking band.  I would definitely tell beginners that this is a pattern they should try because of that.  Especially since the sandwich method allows you to try the waistband on before adding it to the skirt.


The only thing I didn’t like about the waistband was the tacking it at the sides.  I wonder if that was because of the scuba knit though.  My fabric was fairly squishy so I think my machine didn’t sew those bar tack stitches as well.  I decided to go ahead and zig-zag stitch the bottom of the elastic waistband closed instead.  Advice for those who decide to do this, use a smaller width zig-zag.  I used the wide stitch I used to put the elastic on the waistband to close it also and that is fairly noticeable.


My Lindy Petal Skirt has been done for about 2 to 3 weeks.  I have worn it several times and it does look long.  I think next time I should shorten the pattern at least an inch to get the length to hit me at the place it does on the pattern photo.  Also, I would just trace out the plain medium for the size.



Best of PR- Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt


Sewaholic’s Gabriola skirt has to be the perfect summer skirt.  It is loose for those hot humid summer days when you don’t want anything clinging to you.  Last year, I wore my skirt often even on a day trip down to a couple of wineries in Louisburg.  So it is even picnic appropriate.

Normally, I have the blog post created before posting the pattern review, but since this was for the Best of PR contest, I had to post the review by March 31.

Here is the review (I put the blog only parts in italic):

1.  Why do you think this was voted one of the Best Patterns?

I think the pattern description explains it best: The Gabriola Skirt is flared to create a curvy A-line silhouette, narrowing the waist and elongating the body. Angled panels around the waist flatter the figure and look especially good in striped fabrics. Sew the yoke panels in a contrast fabric, or choose one fabric for the entire skirt. Looks great in printed fabrics as well as solids. A center back zipper makes this skirt easy to construct with a very sophisticated result. Look effortlessly stylish in a long skirt!

2.  Would you have made this pattern if it was NOT voted one of the top patterns of the year?

Actually back in January I thought of making another Gabriola skirt and bought a cotton lawn for it even before I knew this was one of the best patterns of 2014. I decided to use the ITY instead of the cotton lawn since I thought it was too light for a skirt.  The cotton was actually a cotton voile (I am not sure of the exact difference between lawn and voile).  The cotton voile is now being used for three tops which are currently being worked on. 

3.  How did you make your version of this pattern unique?

I guess the fact that I made the pattern in a knit instead of the recommended woven fabrics may make it unique. I also used an elastic waist.


4.  What size(s) did you make?

Size 12

5.  Did you find the sizing accurate compared to the measurements listed on the pattern?

I think so.  It is hard to tell because of the fabric (see question 6). 

6.  What fabric and trims did you use? What was the source of your fabric and trims?

Raspberry ITY from Fabric-mart. It isn’t on their website anymore. This fabric absolutely hated the rotary cutter. I think I ended up with a skirt slightly smaller than size 12 when finished because it would shift around under the rotary cutter. The yoke pieces were the worst for this and it looked like I had ears on my hips. So after everything was pretty much together, I went back with my design curve and smoothed out the yoke to gentle curves.

I bought 10 yards of the raspberry ITY  because I adored the color and so hopefully I am ready for the cutting battle when I go to use it again. I think it would work well for some leggings.


7.  Describe how you used the pattern instructions. Did you follow the instructions literally, did you figure out how to assemble on your own, or a combination of instructions plus own experience?

I have made this before so I didn’t look at the instructions. I did pull out my teal skirt for reference. I used the style of the “unit” construction method from the 1960s. I made the front first, then back and continued finishing up the skirt.

8.  Describe any alterations you made and discuss whether alternations were for fit or for design.

I made a straight size 12. My fabric seemed to not like the rotary cutter and shifted around even with my pattern weights so after I got it together I had to re-shape the yoke part.  I did take 5 inches out in the length of the skirt so it fit me better.  I didn’t take it all at one location.  At the lengthen/ shorten line, I took just one inch then measures so far down and took another inch out and repeated.  It was easier to smooth out the ridges after and didn’t affect the hem width.   

9.  What did you like and what did you dislike about the pattern?

I like the flare and that it is easy to wear.  If it is any help, the skirt did get bunny approval while I was making it.  Lala would sit on it as I was pinning the pieces together. 

10.  Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I really want a version in a print so if the right print came up I would sew it again. I think it is a great summer skirt so I would recommend others to look at it and see if it would work for them.

So since I didn’t know, the blog’s 3rd anniversary was on Monday April 6th.  It is a good thing that Word-press keeps up with that type of stuff because I surely don’t.