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The Very Best Brocade

Added Aug 14, 2013

by colleen-marg...

Elmira Heights, ...






This project has a silly beginning. I got a summer job in a department store and the dress code is all black and I realized that while it’s a miracle my black tights last as long as they do, I don’t actually own that much black clothing. Of course, I finished this skirt about two weeks before I go back to school…but that’s beside the point.

I’ve been holding on to this black brocade for about a year thinking I would made a nice blazer out of it. Then the flared godet skirt popped up and I just HAD to make it. Knowing that I wasn’t going to be making a blazer this summer, I decided to use the brocade. I used the “wrong side” of the fabric instead of the right side and couldn’t be happier with the result. I love the fullness and absolutely adore the pockets! It’s the first skirt I’ve fully lined too.

Note: the only pattern changes I made were to switch the button front for a single panel (putting in a back zipper) and to shorten it

Material Notes

Cotton brocade and polyester lining




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Aug 18, 2013, 05.14 PMby chillwear

    The skirt is beautiful, love how you didn’t do buttons in front and added a zipper to the back. The fabric is perfect!

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      Aug 18, 2013, 11.40 PMby colleen-margaret

      Thank you! I actually hadn’t planned on skipping the buttons but once I started putting the pattern together I thought the fabric would work better with a plain panel.

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    Aug 15, 2013, 10.03 PMby JamiEC

    SImply inspiring. The fabric, its drape and perfect details. What a lovely pattern made up perfectly by a competent woman. You made an excellent decision.

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      Aug 15, 2013, 10.22 PMby colleen-margaret

      Thank you! I’m really happy with the drape of it. I’ve gotten so used to my knit skirts/dresses that this is a welcome change.

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    Aug 15, 2013, 06.48 PMby steffania

    This is a WOW skirt! You did a wonderful job, so accurate and meticulous.I like it very very much!

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    Aug 15, 2013, 09.52 AMby lizziesewsew

    Really glamorous, love it!

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      Aug 15, 2013, 11.56 AMby colleen-margaret

      Yeah, I got lucky with the fabric for it to be ‘glamorous’. Thank you.

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    Aug 15, 2013, 06.18 AMby liliv-1

    Gorgeous skirt! Absolutely pretty pattern and fabric!

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    Aug 15, 2013, 03.06 AMby kisses

    Very nice and the fabric has a rich look

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    Aug 14, 2013, 05.48 PMby Angie H

    I actually love this skirt pattern and am so glad to see it made up. It is gorgeous …very nice fabric choice. Thank you for sharing.

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      Aug 14, 2013, 06.50 PMby colleen-margaret

      It is a great pattern. Thanks for the compliment!

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    Aug 14, 2013, 04.55 PMby GeorgieT74


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