Monday, July 14, 2014

The Big Skirt Project Parts 2 and 3

In a recent post, I mentioned the skirt I was wearing was part of The Big Skirt Project. Let me tell you about it.
I wear skirts ninety-five per cent of the time. I made a drawer full of knit skirts last summer. They are all solids though. I wanted some prints too. And I wanted them to be as easy to make as the knit ones. Also, I wanted to use up a bunch of half yard pieces of wovens I had in my hoard. (Yes, I am short!) So, I ordered 10 yards of petersham ribbon from Vogue. I am using the same pattern for all of them: McCalls 3830 with variations.

1. Mid-Century Modern. The first one is the pattern right out of the envelope (except for fitting changes). It has a faced waistband, center back seam and centered back zipper.

2. Floral Linen. This is a lovely heavy linen home dec sample. For this version I changed the zipper from center back to a lapped side zipper, used the petersham ribbon in place of the facing and added slits at the sides seams. I'm pretty straight up and down so a lapped zipper at the side is really easy for me. I don't really need to shape the petersham much either.

3. Bright White Denim.  This is white bull denim from JoAnn's. I was surprised how soft it was after I washed it. It has an old thrifted metal zipper inserted in a welt opening at the center back. (No center back seam)

Stay tuned...there's more to come!


  1. Lovely skirts. It's amazing how a different fabric and a few variations can change the look of a pattern.