Simple Gathered Skirt

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I recently saw a super cute skirt tutorial on Pinterest for Simple Simon & Co.’s Vintagely Modern Skirt.  I fell in love with it pretty much immediately.

The one problem?  The tutorial is really for a little kid’s skirt.

Well, I tried it anyway.  And I’m happy to report that it looks great even with no alteration to the pattern.  Now, if I wanted it to look exactly the same on me as it does on the mannequin, I would need to loose 5 inches off my hips and use 4 WOF instead of 2. But, honestly, I don’t think it looks bad with the 2 WOF.  It’s a much more subtle look.  Which might be a good thing with my wide hips.

I chose to make my skirt in deep blue and grey.  I’d been eying these Riley Blake fabrics for a while, and thought this would be a perfect project for them.

This was an interesting project for me.  I’d never done a project that required actually gathering fabric before.

Otherwise, it was a pretty simple project.  My only issues were stabbing my finger with the needle when I sewed on the button, and a bobbin tension issue that required ripping out my last seam.  I also may add an extra button or 2 on the back opening, or at least close it up some more, but it’s not noticeable if you don’t tuck a white shirt into it.

Once it was finished, I think the skirt was a success.  It’s definitely not perfect, but it still looks good on.  And hey, since it’s Theatre Company colors, I might just wear it for our board photos later this month.


  1. O. Jolly on November 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Congratulations! You’re really getting into this clothing sewing thing. 🙂 And such a cute skirt!

    • Andrea on November 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks! I’m liking the challenge.

  2. Judy Blinkenberg on November 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I’m so happy to follow you! You are charming. I love gathered skirts except now my waist is the same size as my hips. I remember, so many years ago, in jr. high sewing class, I made gathered skirts and loved them. Of course back then we had to have our knees covered. Oh such great years gone by. I love your gathered skirt.

    • Andrea on November 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks so much, Judy! I think you could still do a gathered skirt. As a matter of fact, I think it makes my waist look smaller. Of course, it might be doing that by making my hips look wider. I’m not sure.

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