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I have a really strange habit: the night before leaving for a trip, I get the urge to make a new piece of clothing to take with me. And so I usually spend the last few hours at home sewing!

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These pictures were taken by my husband in the Painted Desert National Park as Jason and I drove to our New Orleans wedding reception.

ruffle skirt

I feel a little guilty about completely ripping off fellow Etsy seller Loni Gaghan‘s design. But that’s what making is all about, right? Anyway I’m not about to spend $60 on something I could make myself (although I would advise anyone else to, because it did take a few hours and seems totally a fair price), I certainly wouldn’t make this skirt for anyone else, and it was in the noble goal of de-cluttering my stash.

All of the materials for this skirt were overflowing from my fabric cabinet. The corduroy (left over from pants I made for Jason last year) was particularly bulky, and I never actually thought I would use it. I bought the coral cotton jersey for a dress I’ve never made, although I still have enough fabric to make that happen. The lining is a poly-satin that was completely consumed in this project.

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I really love the tulip hem, and had been thinking of making a skirt in that style for weeks (and filling up my sewing board on Pinterest with ideas). When I decided on this design, I planned on adding the vintage wooden buttons to the front of the skirt. I didn’t even realize that they have tulips on them! Which makes them even more perfect.

I used a hook and eye on the tab of the waistband, but it is way bulky. I think I’ll switch to just a snap.

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This skirt isn’t my normal style, but I really like the petticoat can-can dancer feel of it. And I think it will be really nice for winter layering. Also the tan corduroy feels like a neutral, without being bland, and the coral gives it the pop of color I need to feel like myself.

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Because I do not even wear or have an interest in ruffles, I don’t own a ruffle foot for my machine. I just gathered the jersey stripes manually, and it was fine. I used about 200″ of fabric to make the ruffles. Probably will not feel the need to add ruffles to anything for another 3 years.

I forgot to incorporate pockets, although I’m not sure where I would have put them. Maybe I could still add slash or patch pockets to the back? Opinions on that?




Filling out the skirt spectrum, I’ve made some pink patchwork skirts. They’re fun to dance and twirl in, and easy to lounge in, making them perfect for festivals.

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It’s lightweight and flowing, just what you need for dancing the hippie can-can.

The wide jersey waistband is crazy comfortable. The waistband is tight enough to always keep the skirt up, even with the pockets loaded, but the fabric doesn’t have enough tension to create a muffin-top.

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There are 12 panels of cotton, silk, and a few vintage polys, plus elastic lace at the top and pink trim at the hemline! Every skirt winds up being put together a little differently, so each one is unique. Plus, I’m only making three of these!

If you’re feeling rosy you can get this skirt in my Etsy shop!




I’ve been sewing a lot of gypsy-esque skirts lately. They’re fun to wear (twirl much?) and the most comfortable thing you’ll ever put on.

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They started out as playa-garb, but I quickly discovered how perfect they are for just about everything else too.

The patchwork skirts are made from cottons, silks, and vintage polys. I used cotton jersey and elastic lace for the waistbands. The jungley skirt is a rayon with lycra waistband, and sadly is the last of its kind.

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All these skirts are in my Etsy shop, and I’ll be posting more over the next few months.

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