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Faux Sunny Days skirt

Added Jul 28, 2011

by mollykatherine

Sydney, Australia






I had grand plans when it came to photographing this skirt. Considering its picnic cloth nature I imagined green parks, tea cups and sunny skies. Unfortunately, the world did not oblige. Instead, it gave me torrential rains, gale force winds and dreary skies.

So, after waiting a few days, I decided, gray skies or not, I’ll take pictures of my new skirt. Of course the day after was a crystal clear day, but I was busy, and liked the gray skies in the pictures regardless

I like to think that this skirt adds a little sunshine to any day, no matter what is like; it’s simply the happiest skirt I own.
I cut out a full circle, using Burdastyles Linda pattern as a reference, with the waist measurement double which it needed to be, then gathered it to my waist measurement. After it was gathered and attached the waistband it ended up being just a bit bigger than a full circle, which is BIG! The waist band was a simple strip, which I folded over and reinforced with interfacing.

I used a lapped zipper and two buttons on the waist band for the closure. I had never made a button hole before, partly because I lost the buttonhole attachment to my sewing machine, and partly because I had always assumed it would a massive pain in the behind. For a year now I have successfully avoided all button hole related garments, using “faux” buttons if necessary, with snaps behind.
Since I have been practicing my embroidery, I decided to try my hand at bound buttonholes. My word, I’m like a proud child, with the best buttonhole in the class! They were so pretty; I’m just kicking myself that I didn’t take a close up picture, so you’ll just have to take me word for it.

Read more about it on my blog, Molly-Made

Thanks Natasha for the lovely pictures!

Material Notes

Cotton Sateen




Garment Type

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    Oct 24, 2011, 01.33 PMby bernieandi

    Adorable. Love your work!

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    Aug 10, 2011, 01.29 AMby brisamy

    I have the same fabric from Spotlight! I should make this…. :)

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    Aug 10, 2011, 01.02 AMby reliablechef

    Did you make your under skirt too ? I love this especially with the little collars you made!

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      Aug 10, 2011, 01.06 AMby mollykatherine

      thanks again :) no, sadly i didn’t make my petticoat, i’m not impatient for that. I got it off of emaby for a steal ($30!) and put it under everything!

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    Aug 9, 2011, 04.42 PMby Carolyn Reilly

    I love it!

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    Aug 7, 2011, 10.43 PMby granolabar

    i think it looks fabulous and the photo shoot concept is great! i checked out your blog and the twirling pictures are too cute! love the petticoat addition!

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    Aug 7, 2011, 03.01 PMby Tokie Ang

    what a lovely skirt Molly :)

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    Aug 7, 2011, 06.02 AMby rochelle49

    It is a great skirt! I like the petticoat, too! It set the skirt off perfectly!

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    Aug 6, 2011, 11.11 PMby wildcatspow

    Sooo cute! Great job (and congrats on being the Featured Project)!!

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    Aug 5, 2011, 09.14 PMby ashchaser

    This is getting me through a rainy day as well, and congratulations on your buttonhole!

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    Aug 3, 2011, 02.03 PMby elegantmusings

    So, so cute!!! :) I just bought some wild plaid for a circle skirt myself, and this is making me eager to get to sewing it up!

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    Aug 1, 2011, 05.24 PMby charlotteauzou

    Great pics !

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    Jul 31, 2011, 11.45 AMby macska

    Love it love it love it!! The grey actually sets off the colours of the skirt remarkably well – looks fantastic. And I’m rather jealous of your gorgeous petticoat too. ;-)

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    Jul 30, 2011, 08.54 AMby blmfld

    i love the pics and the skirt great job all round!!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 04.58 AMby thefabledneedle

    what fun!

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    Jul 28, 2011, 04.55 PMby tirrs

    It’s so super sweet!

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    Jul 28, 2011, 01.46 PMby BlancheOfArts

    Woho, this skirt brightens up any cloudy day! Love it, did you buy your petticoat or did you make it?

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      Jul 28, 2011, 10.27 PMby mollykatherine

      I bought it off of ebay for $30! i love ti soo much, i put it under most things :) you can make them, but i could imagine that taking a VERY long time hehe

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    Jul 28, 2011, 10.56 AMby kiwibubbles

    this is so cute, i adore it. are you wearing a full petticoat beneath?

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      Jul 28, 2011, 10.28 PMby mollykatherine

      Sure do! Its a full petticoat made from nylon chiffon, its like a giant marshmellow :)

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    Jul 28, 2011, 10.27 AMby urbandon

    Very cool.

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    Jul 28, 2011, 10.23 AMby junespoon

    i LOVE!!! and the petticoat is beautiful too

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    Jul 28, 2011, 10.11 AMby u120418

    I love your skirt!

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    Jul 28, 2011, 03.34 AMby pambox

    fantastic! and the photos are great – the skirt really stands out against the brick, and it’s a nice contrast to the inner west urban laneway.

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      Jul 28, 2011, 10.29 PMby mollykatherine

      Thanks pam! This is the laneway behind my house, I don’t know why i never thought to take pictures there before, but i probably will from now on :) Hope Uni’s going well x

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