Friday, June 17, 2011

Tutorial: Shirred Pocket Skirt

Thanks so much for all the kind comments and compliments on my Anthropologie inspired  shirred skirt with pockets.  All your encouragement inspired me to go hog wild this week and make myself a bunch of skirts to last me through the summer.  I got thinking of other options to switch it up.

So I started out with the same solid basic skirt.

Keeping the simple solid, but using contrasting thread. 

 Using stripes and bias tape contrasting pocket edges.
This pink stripe skirt was actually made out of a vintage flat sheet I bought from the thrift store.   I used the top of the sheet, so the thick pink edge of the sheet ended up being the pink hem.

Big contrasting sections came next.
This came as a mistake.  I didn't have enough charcoal fabric for the whole skirt, and didn't want a mini skirt, so added the white stripe across the bottom.  I like the contrasting pocket bias tape too.

At last I ventured into a printed fabric.
The contrasting stripe is 1" bias tape. This one kind of reminds me of an apron or something.

Dorky quick shots wearing the skirts.

You can see these skirts (cut 25" long) hit me just below the knee.

 


I used really affordable fabric, most came from the $1.50 table at Walmart actually. {Sorry if that makes you cringe} So each skirt was under $3.00, some closer to $1.50, that's six skirts for under $20.00!

So get your cheap fabric and decide what variation you like and make a skirt with pockets!
Supplies:
-Fabric: 1.5 yards
-elastic thread
- elastic 3/8" or 1/2" wide, enough to fit comfortable around your hips


Cut:
-2 rectangles (skirt front and back)
22 to 25" {length of skirt} x 32 to 34" {skirt width to be scrunched}
There's been readers a lot thinner than me that found 32" skirt width too big, sorry! so here's a more precise formula for skirt front/back width: 
Measure around hips x 1.75 = total width of skirt
divide total by 2 to get the width of the two skirt rectangles 
I like my skirts longer than standard and cut them 25" long, then after hem and waist casing they end up being around 23 inches long finsihed.  The skirt width is pretty forgiving once it gets all scrunched up, so I cut it to what works best with my fabric
-4 pocket pieces

1. Print and cut out pattern pieces. 
The "Pocket A" piece is used as a cut guide.

2. Cut Skirt Pocket Holes
Take one of your skirt rectangles and cut the pocket piece from both sides.

3. Cut Pockets
Cut out 4 pocket B pieces.  For this tutorial I used light blue fabric for the front of the pockets to help see as you sew.  I usually cut all 4 pockets from the coordinating fabric so they're all the same.

Cut "Pocket A" shape out of 2 pocket pieces, or in my case, the pocket front pieces. 

4. Make Pockets
Place the cut pocket pieces on the full pocket pieces, right sides together, and make sure you have a left and right. 


Sew around large outside curves of each pocket.

5. Sew on Pockets
Turn the pocket inside out (seam on inside) and pin curve of pocket to right side of skirt front.  So the right side of the pocket front fabric will be sewn to the right side of the skirt front fabric.  Then when you flip the pocket back over the finished curve seam, the right side of the skirt and both pocket pieces will all be right sides up when you look down into the pocket.
**If you are adding bias tape to pocket edge, this step is different as shown at the end with striped pockets***

Sew the pocket to the skirt front along the curve. 

6. Finish pocket edges.
Flip the pocket right side out and top stitch the curve of the pocket.  I sew 2 rows along the curve. 

This is what the back of the skirt looks like when the pocket is sewn on. 

7. Baste Pocket
Keep the pocket lined up and baste the pocket to the skirt at the top and side so it all lays flat. 

8. Side Seams
Place the other skirt rectangle (skirt back) right sides together with skirt front and sew side seams with 1/2"seam allowance.

9. Sew Elastic Casing
Zig-zag or serge the top edge of skirt.  Decide what width of elastic you want and iron the edge down so it's large enough for your elastic.
Mine: 3/8" elastic, ironed edge down 1/2"

Sew the casing down, but remember to leave a 1-2" hole for elastic casing 

10. Shir Waistband
To sew shirring is really easy.  You do need to have the elastic thread which is the key.  You find it in the notions section in a package.

The pain is you have to wind the bobbin by hand.  You want the thread wound without stretching it because it gets stretched as you sew.

With the elastic thread in your bobbin, you just sew like normal.  I don't change the tension, but I do increase my stitch length up to 3.0.  Also, make sure you are sewing with the bobbin on the back of the fabric as the elastic thread is thick and white.
Also, rather than sew a perfect row, I start at one point and spiral down the skirt.  This way the elastic thread doesn't need to be cut.  I sew along the edge of the presser foot to make rows 1/4" apart.  I usually make it 8-10 rows.

11. Insert Elastic
Use a safety pin to thread elastic through casing, then sew the ends together and sew the hole closed.

12. Hem skirt
You're finished!

BIAS TAPE POCKET ALTERNATIVE
The only difference with this method is you don't have to flip the pocket inside out before sewing it to the skirt due to the fact the bias tape covers the unfinished seam.

Sew along the pocket curve 1/4" seam allowance. 

Top-stitch 1/2" double fold bias tape along pocket edge. 


Just out of curiosity, if have a minute, could you comment which skirt variation you like best?
Just taking a little poll.
Thanks.

105 comments:

Danielle Richard said...

I'm a sucker for a pretty print so I'd have to say that's my favorite. But they all really do look fantastic. So comfy and relaxed looking. Thanks for the tutorial!

Heldin des Chaos said...

I'm really impressed!
I think I like the solid blue one best, but they are all great.
Is there a way to control how wide the finished waistband is?
I would like to make one but would rather like it to sit on the waist than on the hips...
Thanks for the tutorial, I really love that you added cm to the pattern :-)

Erin said...

yippee! thanks for doing this tutorial! I can't wait to make one!

Tanya said...

Great tutorial! I love shirring. Just a tip: you can wind your bobbin by machine with the elastic thread and it works just fine!

Leah said...

so fun thanks for the pattern and tutorial. I think the gray one is my favorite. Gotta love those happy accidents.

Just Jaime said...

I love them all! This makes me want to try so bad! I got some deep discount fabric at Wal Mart ($3 for 5 yards) so I think I'll try. Thanks so much for sharing.

Chris said...

Fantastic, Jess. Now to find some cheap fabric! Oh, and some time.

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Natalie said...

SO CUTE!!! I like them all, but the grey w/ blue stitching has my vote!

Jessica said...

i really like them all, the touch of the bias tape on the pockets is really nice; i love having the pockets without adding more (unnecessary!) width to my hips! cant wait to try it! i'm pregnant so we'll see how they work as maternity as well! and btw, I love the cheap fabric at walmart! Our joann's left town so the closest real fabric is about 30 min away!

Nikki said...

I'll admit, I've been too scared to use elastic thread. For this though, I think I'll have to give it a try.
Thanks for a great tutorial and pattern!

Nikki
http://naturesheirloom.blogspot.com/

casserole said...

I love this skirt!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-shirred-skirt-with-pockets/2011/06/17/
(link will go live later tonight)

--Anne

Anna said...

these are so adorable!!!! I'm definitely going to have to make one for myself. Skirts with pockets are a must!

Katie said...

I love the pink and the blue one. I wish I could sew... I could try... but I would feel better if my mom was there to help me. heh heh.

Beautiful job! You are so talented!

Katie said...

I like the blue one the best, nice and bright! I would probably get more use out of the charcoal one though. I have a skirt a lot like that, that I bought, I love it. I may have to make more now! Thank you for sharing.

Kelli said...

Those are all so fun! I love the blue one and charcoal one the best. Thanks for the tutorial. I am going to have to make one of these!

Sarah said...

Super cute! i love the red pattern one.

shantel said...

I like the blue one, the red one and the brown (I think its brown?) the best!

CĂ©line said...

thank you very much !!!!!!
love those skirts....i have to try to make one !
bizzzzzzzz canadian

Jake n Kait said...

Jessica, these are amazing! THANK YOU for the tutorial. I am just starting to get into trying to sew my own clothes...do you have an idea for a good starter piece for a beginner? I am trying to decide if a skirt would be easiest or if there is a better starting off point to build my confidence....

I love the charcoal gray one with the contrasting white stripe towards the bottom!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

hey, I used the pillowcase that matches that pink striped sheet - - there's a quick picture of it here: http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2009/06/pillowcase-dresses.html

kate the great said...

these are awesome! I like the grey with blue stitching the best

Annie of Blue Gables said...

I love the red one with the bias tape toward the bottom of the skirt and in the pockets. I will have to sew one for my daughter. She guided me to your blog. Nice!
~a

pinksuedeshoe said...

I love the body that the blue one has, the contrasting thread in the gray/blue one and the bias trim on the pockets of all of them. But of course, my favorite is the pink striped one. I wish I had a king size flat sheet of that pink stripe! Mine is a twin fitted, and is pretty threadbare in the middle. What a lucky find!

"S" and family said...

My favorite is the red patterned skirt you said looks like an apron, but the skirt made from a sheet is dead clever. Thanks so much for the great tutorial. I'm going to have to try this!

Rachel said...

I agree, the red skirt is also my fave. I had to laugh when I saw the one made from the sheet, because before I read what it was made from, I thought, I had sheets just like that as a kid! All very cute.

Lucy said...

I'm loving the charcoal and white stripe. This is a fantastic tutorial! I'm heading out to grab some elastic thread today, thanks so much!!!

Wife, Mama, Teacher said...

My favorite is the gray w/white contrast! Thanks so much for taking the time to make and post this tutorial!!!

milene micoton said...

Thanks a lot
My fav' are the grey and white one , and the blue one.
Going to sew some I think !!

Big Mama said...

You are a genius! Sewing the shirring in a spiral instead of 10 individual rows! I'm wondering why no one else has thought of that before - maybe they have but no one shared with me :)
Super cute!

Pam said...

Your skirts are so adorable and look very comfortable too. I've wanted to try some shirring for my granddaughters shirts and skirts and dresses. I bought the elastic thread last year but still haven't tried yet. I'm wondering how do you know how wide to cut the fabric? Or another way to ask is how do you know how wide the fabric will be after its shirred? I can't get past these questions to attempt to make something. I'm hoping you can help me. Thanks

Alison said...

Very nice skirts! They remind me of some gauchos I made recently except I made a wide waistband which I shirred and then sewed onto the gauchos. My favorite skirt is the grayish/greenish one. I also really like the gray and white one.

Whitney and Brad said...

I like the red one the best! But they are all very cute and I just got my fabric today to make some for me!!! Thanks!

Jamie said...

I love the contrast of the colors on the gray and white skirt. The bias tape looks fantastic around the pockets. I absolutely love these skirts! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Mama G said...

What seam allowance did you use? I love the one with the contrasting thread.

Aidylnna said...

I just started shirring. I thought I was doing fine, but when I finished I tried putting it on and it would not stretch the way yours does. I have watched tutorials on it, but my elastic keeps breaking when I try putting it on. I did everything from hand winding the bobbin to putting tension and length up really high to regular. It's just not working! Do you put your bobbin in the case before putting it in the machine? I do, but it seems like it's pulling the elastic too tight. lydsquid@gmail.com

S said...

Very cute - I think I like the charcoal with the stripe best, but the solid blue is good, too. Good tutorial! I think I will try a solid one first, before I attempt stripes or bias tape pockets. Thanks for giving longer measurements - I also like them to come to the knee.

Jessica said...

Addylina:
So sorry this isn't working! There are a few things you can try:
First off,if your sewing machine is Brother brand, I guess you have to change the bobbin tension for it to shir.
I was making something a while ago and had the same problem. You could try playing with your tension on your machine, but if regular stitching looks good, that's probably not the problem. I would also say that if you sew the following rows and let it bunch and sew multiple pucker layers, it won't stretch as much, but it sounds like that's not the problem here.
I would also recommend using a scrap of thinner fabric and see if it works. The occasion mine wouldn't shir, I think my fabric was just too thick, so the regular thread on top was too tight with the elastic on bottom and it was like you describe. It looks fine, but it wouldn't stretch larger, but popped the stitching. I hope one of these ideas solves the mystery, but I just hand wind the bobbin, stick it in the bobbin case, load it in the machine and it's always worked except that one occasion when I think itwas the fabric,but not exactly sure. If Ithink of anything else, I will send my other ideas. HOW FRUSTRATING!

Mama G: 1/2" seam allowance

MICHELLE said...

I wonder if there is a way to make this plus-size? How would you recommend I try that?

Jessica said...

Michelle:
To adjust the skirt, just cut the front and back rectangles about 1.7 times the measurement of the circumference of your hips. This goes the same to make it smaller.
For example a child with hips measuring 20" x 1.7 = total width of skirt before shirring 34". You can adjust the length to whatever you need.

MICHELLE said...

Thanks, Jessica! I'll give it a try. I also will use your recomendation for the little girls, too. We'll see how it goes!

Larissa said...

I am so excited for this tutorial. I totally want to make myself one, okay maybe 10.

They all look great. Now I just need to go get some elastic thread!

Just Another Day in Paradise

Mama G said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I have made my first and will be making more, I'm sure! I linked back to you in my post =)
http://zeveryday.blogspot.com/2011/06/shirred-skirt-with-pockets-for-me.html

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Bec Clarke said...

I can't decide if I like the Charcoal or the Pink Stripe the best. thank you for a wonderful tutorial.

Katie said...

I have totally got to make one of these. Or five.

Laura @ live.laugh.photograph said...

Hi Jessica! I popped over from Crafterhours... this skirt is just amazing with so many possibilities! I'm in love!

I am your newest flower ♥

Laura @ live.laugh.photograph said...

**follower!

EmmaNElliott said...

I just found you from crafterhours and I love this tut... My favorite is the grey with white stripe! I love serendipity. I can't wait to make one for me and my daughter!

Jenni

va_grown said...

I love the bright blue one!

What a great tutorial--I feel ready to try it now. I love having pockets, so that's more exciting to me than the shirring. This seems very close to the simple girl's skirt I've done for my daughter. I know she'd love pockets on her's too!

Kelly @ Run With Glitter said...

What a great tutorial!I'm visiting from 101 summer sewing tutorials roundup. Have a great day! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com

erica said...

they all look great! so want to try this!

Kristina said...

The solid-colored ones are my favorite, but I love them all!

I just a very beginning sewer, but I can't wait until I'm ready to make beautiful skirts like yours!

Bree said...

Oh I LOVE these! This is definitely going to be the next thing I sew for myself. I just have one question. Why the elastic casing in addition to the shirring? Does it hold the skirt up better? Cant wait to try this out!

Jessica said...

Bree:
I add the elastic casing just to anchor the skirt a little better. I bought a skirt with the shirring only and I found it's tight enough to be worn, but an impatient 3 year old can easily tug once and show the entire produce section at the grocery store your underwear. So adding a thicker elastic casing at the tops gives you a little more security.

Heather said...

These are amazing!! http://bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com

Naomi said...

These are awesome! I found this by doing a google search "skirts with pockets"
Can I just buy one off you? do you have an etsy shop or something?
Thanks!

Jessica said...

Naomi:
Email me here: runningscissor@gmail.com
Jessica

Wendy said...

Fantastic skirts! I vote for the bias tape on the edges. I think bias binding adds such a neat professional finish to everything.

Also, your tip for spiraling the rows of elastic thread - Absolutely Brilliant!! I'm going to use that technique on some shirring in a top for my daughter.

turquoiseamber said...

thanks for the tutorial, i will definitely try make one this week, the instructions are really simple and have taught me some new skills! I like the grey one best.

Brookie said...

I'm seriously TOO excited about making this skirt. I've decided to wear skirts to school every day this year and I love to sew so how perfect is this??? (((:

MAK TEH said...

i like all.I am always scared of shrring,but thanks to you,I think I want to try it.Is it the same as smocking?

Everinvain said...

I'm looking at this and thinking to myself that it would make a fabulous maternity skirt if the shirred part was a little bit taller. I'm trying to wrap my head around how to do this with the pocket placement though.

Holymojo said...

I like the red pattern best! I'm working on this right now. Skirts with pockets are the best idea ever! I have one problem, the pockets print out slightly smaller than the measurements printed on the pattern. I'm not real familiar with google docs. Do I need to do something to make sure it prints to scale?

Jessica said...

Hollymojo:
Make sure your printer properties are set to print with "no scaling", but it's really not that big of a deal if it's a little off. The first round of skirts I didn't use a pattern and just winged it, so as long as your pockets match each other, you should be fine.

Linda said...

Thanks for this tutorial! I reported here: http://paneamoreecreativita.it/blog/2011/07/raccolta-di-progetti-di-cucito-creativo-per-lestate
Linda

Michelle said...

Amazing!! Love how it came out! I am a new follower!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

sisface23 said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I just got my first sewing machine for Christmas and this skirt is one of my first projects (a little ambitious for a beginner, I know!) I made it through the top stitching, hemming, and pockets, but I could not get my machine to shirr the fabric. I use a Brother got the impression that shirring was a problem on these machines. I found this website that explains how to fix the bobbin tension on Brother machines. I have not tried it yet, but I will. Tons of people said it worked for them. I hope this is helpful to someone out there.
http://gigglesmum-creativeheart.blogspot.com/2009/10/shirring-problems-i-cracked-it.html

crazycatlady427 said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I love the grey and white skirt! Here is mine made from a thrift store sheet. This was my first time shirring and using bias tape.
http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u382/Crazycatlady427/fd2bbad6.jpg

Needled Mom said...

Very cute! I like the one with the contrasting band at the bottom best.

Deb Smith said...

I am going to make this skirt out of some fabric in my stash for my skinny daughter-in-law!

Deb

thefamilyofthings said...

This was so much fun! I've been dying to try shirring for ages, and this tutorial gave me the courage. I love my new skirt! The only problem will be not making 85 more of them.

Miriam Keyes said...

Hi! I've been working with shirring for a few years now or "mock smock" as I call it, and do the spiral thing too. We're so smart! My deal is that eventually you will have to rewind the elastic bobbin because you won't have enough to go around, weakening the elasticity of the skirt. ANy tips as to how to keep the elastic strong in these places where you have to start again. Just reenforcing the stitch doesn't seem to hold up through very many washes.

Greg and Diana said...

Just saw this on Pinterest and died a little!! I can't wait to look at all the other things you have!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

VeganGem said...

Thanks for this simple skirt pattern and the easy adjustment for different sizes.

I like the idea of inexpensive materials especially for Summer wear.

NanGreen
Pinterest

Olivia D {The Road to Poland} said...

I just made your plaid top for my little girl and thought about a skirt for myself. Figured you would have something cute...I can't wait to try this, thanks so much for the tutorial!

I am also attempting your full length dress made from a vintage sheet...a little worried about that one. ;)

Needlemouse said...

Thank you very very much for this great tutorial. I'm an absolut beginner in sewing but with your instructions and pictures it was no problem for me to sew me a very nice skirt for summer. Many others will follow.

Regina said...

Is there any fabric type you like more than others, i.e., cotton, cotton with stretch, jersey knit, ?linen?

Thanks!

Regina

Regina said...

Is there any fabric type you like more than others, i.e., cotton, cotton with stretch, jersey knit, ?linen?

Thanks!

Regina

Olivia D {The Road to Poland} said...

Do you think it would work out pretty well to add a gathered skirt to the shirred waistband, for a fuller look. I saw this skirt at Gap today and was thinking I could make it (a bad habit, I know!) but the skirt would need to be fuller than the one you made. http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=5727&vid=1&pid=136659&scid=136659002

Please only respond if you have the time, I'm just thinking out loud...

cupatea said...

Love LOVE LOVE!!! I have been a fabric collector forever. Grandma's fault!! I have about 10 sheets I had no idea what to do with that I picked up from yard sales. Just loved the fabric. So glad you gave me something to make with them. All of your skirts are fantastic. Can't wait to try. Elastic thread will be my new experiment. Hum... fingers crossed!

Joanna said...

Sorry for this probably stupid question, I'm a beginner! Do you put elastic thread on the bobbin AND the top of the machine? Or just on the bobbin? Thank you!

Jessica said...

Joanna:
In answer to your elastic thread question, just the bottom in the bobbin. The top thread is regular coordinating thread. So when you sew the rows, just make sure the right side is up, to make sure the thick white elastic thread will be on the inside/ wrong side of the skirt.
Thanks,
Jess

RaisinCookies said...

Thanks for this tutorial! I made the skirt and am wearing it now. I gave up on the shirring, because I got tired of winding the elastic thread on the bobbin (I kept running out and it was annoying!) so I only have 7 rows of shirring.

I think that your calculations for larger sizes makes the skirt gigantic. Or my math is totally wrong! I am a size 18/20 and the skirt is huuuuuge. I managed to cinch in the elastic waistband enough to make it wearable, but I am going to have to play around with the pattern to get it to fit me better next time.

Thanks so much for taking the time! I love the skirt and am looking forward to trying again.

Jimmy and Alison said...

Love them all, Grey and White is the best

Lauren Michele said...

I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog! I'm a def. going to give your shirred skirt pattern a try with some vintage fabric I recently acquired.

Meghan Johnson said...

Love the idea but a little baffled by the instructions for the rectangle width. I cut mine at 32 inches (which was smaller than what the formula called for because I'm losing some baby weight) and I think that about 2.5 of me could fit into the skirt. What did I do wrong? Did you really cut your rectangles to 32 inches each? The shirring on my fabric looks great, but it turned out SOOO big! Definitely going to try again, just sad that I wasted the fabric.

Jessica said...

Meaghan:
Sorry it didn't work out, but yes, I cut mine at least 32" per side. I just grabbed the cranberry one to measure it again and it is actually 38" wide per side.
I'm around a size 10 and so the formula works well for me to have the full skirt and the gathered waist.

Was the scrunch just too big it fell off? Just wondering if the fact it can stretch huge is what bothers you, or if it couldn't be worn after the shirring was washed and dried and the waist was just too large. Obviously my skirts being over 6.5 feet around in circumference can stretch huge, like you said at least 2.5 of me, but the shirring keeps it on and fits well, or I think so like in the photos of the tutorial. I like to use the wide measurements for the wide base it creates for the full shape of the skirt, and so I'm wondering if the shirring just didn't scrunch enough, or if it all boils down to fit preferences, or if the skirt ratio is just too wide for skinny girls and they're falling off their hips.

I'm just trying to figure out if the 1.75 ratio needs to go smaller for skinnier girls, as most of my skirts are actually more like double my hip measurement to be fuller in the skirt. In my original post, I didn't think it would really matter, as it's a ratio and not a measurement so a size zero would still want a full skirt and it would fit the same when you use your hip measurement as the base.

Interesting to try to figure out, as you're not the first person to have felt it ended up too big.
Jessica

Diane said...

I love those skirts!! I love them all and so glad I found your blog! I just learned about shirring after having been a sewer for 30 yrs, can you believe it lol?! And I am so excited to make new things doing shirring. I hope you keep this blog going cause it is very well written and love that you have pictures to show what you're doing. Thanks again :)

sarahdudik said...

I found this post last year and I credit this tutorial (and the suggestion of using thrift store sheets as fabric) as the thing that got me back into sewing. So thanks for sharing! I love your blog and am looking forward to more posts in the fall!

http://sarahdudik.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/shirred-skirt-with-pockets-or-how-i-got-back-into-sewing/

Donna Mossholder said...

You and the skirts are adorable. Thank you for a very detailed and easy to follow layout. You are the cats meow!!!!!!!

Keven said...

I love the simplicity of the charcoal skirt with the broad accent. I know it was a mistake/accident, but some of my favorite creations have been "accidents!"

Maureen Heck said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Love the pockets, it's just a little more interesting than an A-line or other everyday skirt. I referenced it in my blog post about my New Year's resolution to dress cuter :) http://coconutxoxo.blogspot.com/2012/12/my-1-new-year-resolution-stop-dressing.html

Stylecorp Uniforms said...

In many Charcoal skirts no has pocket. but in your blog show Charcoal skirts with pocket, i like your blog picture or example.

misscaracrafts said...

Hi Jess I am in love with this tutorial and cant wait to try it out. I linked to this post in my blog and used the picture. I hope that is okay but if its not I will take it down :) thanks. My blog address is:
http://misscaracrafts.wordpress.com/

Monique Marie Sauniere said...

With a few adjustments for my personal taste, I have made 3 of these skirts this week. One I made from a piece of fabric I have had for over 35 years. Seriously. I never could decide what to make out of it because I knew I would never find that fabric again.

Thanks so much for the idea!

Nat said...

Just discovered this while deciding on what kind of clothes to wear to disney world next month! I love these! They look simple and totally do-able and beautiful! I love the pockets, perfect touch! Thanks--you are a cutie!

Stylecorp Uniforms said...

Nice Blog ! Charcoal skirts Best Collection of online Clothes Stores in Australia.

Unknown said...

i just did that and IT WORKED!

Unknown said...

just finished making one with my friend. I did not use the spiraling method in the shirring and now i regret it because there's a lot of loose ends. I wish I had a serger. Zig zag looks so unprofessional. Thanks for the tutorial. I didn't do the pockets, maybe next time. I like the grey with blue stitch and the grey with the white. Adorable!

TheAmyBody said...

I love this tutorial and have made 6 of these skirts in the past year! The pockets are spectacular! Thank you.

Jen said...

I've been following your blog for a few years now and first made this skirt (from some awesome fabric I got in Ghana) shortly after this tutorial posted. I also bought one of the extras that you made and sold. I'm a doc student so I don't have as much time to sew as I'd like, but when I do, I regularly return to this tutorial and I'm making my fifth one tonight. I just want to thank you so much for putting this out here. It's such a great tutorial and results in quite versatile looks. I always get compliments on all of my skirts (including the one I purchased from you). Thanks so much!!!!

Estelle said...

Absolutely adorable. Can't wait to make one out of the leftover Dr. Who fabric I had made for a friend!

Favorites: I love the proportion of color on the gray and white one, but somehow love the fuller shape/hang of the turquoise one best. Does it hang differently because it has a wider hem, or only because there is no break in the flow of the fabric? Maybe it is also just the way the wind was blowing at the time :)

princess granola said...

I've had this pattern bookmarked for a year and finally got to sewing! I've made two so far and I LOOOOOVE them so much. But I wanted to comment and say the shirring was not enough for me. I used the formula and then still cut about 4 inches from the width because of other comments about it being a bit big and it still wouldn't stay up until I added the elastic at the waist.

I do like the fullness of the skirt and am wondering if increasing my machine's tension would help it shir tighter...?

kittyj said...

I love the pink and white stripe with the white bias trim. I just bought a bias maker so anyplace I can use bias is a good thing. Thanks for the great pattern too.

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