Meringue Skirt

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The Meringue Skirt is the first official sewing project in The Colette Sewing Handbook, and it was a lot of fun to make.  With simple instructions, and easy to follow diagrams, this pattern went together in a matter of hours.

The first thing I did, when working on this project was make myself up a sketch of how the skirt should look on me, using my newly created Croquis.

I started with my printed sketch and drew out the design of the skirt, along with a top style I thought would work well.  For me, the next step was to take the design into Photoshop and paint it up with a little color to get an idea of how it would really look finished.

While the fabric I decided on for the project was completely different than my original concept, the Croquis really did help me to visualize the final design.

The fabric I decided to go with was a Moda Little Black Dress print by BasicGrey in cream.

The first thing I did was to prewash my fabric.  This is something that I don’t usually do – mostly because I’ve been making quilts, and I like that they can shrink after quilting.  I like a crinkly quilt.

After getting my fabric washed and ironed, I cut out my pattern. It was really the only part of the process I didn’t love.  It was a tissue paper pattern, and the whole time I was working with it, I was worried I would tear it up.  But once I got past that point, everything went well.

The only place I really had any trouble was the invisible zipper.  I’ll need to practice doing that again.

I really do like how this looks on.  It came out as a super cute high-waisted skirt.  It just seems so French.  Now, to move on to the chapter on fitting.


  1. Rachel @ Once Upon a Sewing Machine on December 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I like a high waisted skirt! Great fabric choice, if the invisible zipper was your sticking point that’s a huge win. Zippers are a pain for me- and an invisible zipper adds a bit of a twist to make it a little more so!

    • Andrea on December 5, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Thanks Rachel! That makes me feel a lot better about the whole thing. I’ve actually worn this skirt to work, and no one seemed to notice my crappy job on the zipper. They were more interested in the scalloped hem.

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