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little bow blue

Added Apr 1, 2010

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






This skirt was partly inspired by a fantastic high waist skirt pattern I snagged when Mom and I were thrifting earlier this month, and by Gertie’s stylish bow skirt (http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/03/emma-outfit.html). I have long been contemplating the merit of bows on skirts and Gertie’s creation and the arrival of this pattern just cinched it for me. I ended up only using the pattern for the basic skirt pieces, and free-forming my own bow, but it turned out pretty darn cute!

I used a steel blue cotton twill for the outer fabric, and then lined it (using this method: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4971/a-shortcut-to-great-linings) with a rayon lining (my favorite). I really love the super curvy fit (although it’s still a bit big over the hips for me; I have really weirdly shaped hips!), the high waist that cinches, and the way it moves when I walk. hehe!

Material Notes

cotton twill, rayon lining




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Denim

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    Sep 7, 2010, 06.54 PMby dabura

    like it – simple and classy

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    Apr 19, 2010, 07.06 PMby flowergirl22

    very nice, i wish i had a waist like that. but i like the skirt too

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    Apr 3, 2010, 02.08 AMby nessys

    This is lovely – the bow and the fab blue colour of the fabric.

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    Apr 3, 2010, 12.10 AMby cantare

    so classy, schnazzy, and fun! did you make the top as well?

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      Apr 5, 2010, 12.40 AMby elegantmusings

      Thanks! :) The top is an antique nightgown that I shortened (the hem was damaged) into a blouse. :)

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    Apr 2, 2010, 03.21 PMby lujun

    Love the style of the skirt

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    Apr 2, 2010, 02.55 PMby missy64

    really nicely done-you made that bow look really sophisticated.

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    Apr 2, 2010, 12.34 PMby elaine-bin

    Love the style of the skirt, well done !!!!

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    Apr 2, 2010, 12.31 AMby pcvalery

    Pretty color and the bow is so cute! I love it

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    Apr 1, 2010, 11.12 AMby vintagesweet

    Its so cute. Well anything with a bow is cute. Love the colour.

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    Apr 1, 2010, 10.39 AMby jesileigh

    Heya, love your skirt, reckon you could let me know briefly how you made it? xx

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      Apr 5, 2010, 12.41 AMby elegantmusings

      Thanks! I pretty much followed the pattern directions (the pattern is pictured at the end of image slideshow). The most important part of construction though was interfacing the waistline area—it really helped make the skirt look professional!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 08.59 AMby merrybe

    I love the skirt (and the whole outfit for that matter…the shoes…!) I’m working on my first Kasia right now , so I have checked out the quick lining tip (thanks a lot fot that one). Could you give me (and others, I’m sure) a quick tip what to do with the lining and the back slit: you don’t sew the lining to the seam allowance of the shell hem, right? But doesn’t it show in the slit when you walk? Sorry, I tried to look it up- but nothing…

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      Apr 5, 2010, 12.42 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! I basically tacked the hem of the lining around the turn-under for the slit at the back on my pattern (leaving about 1" around the slit of the turn back fashion fabric so if the slit inside opens, the lining doesn’t show). Does that make sense? It’s kind of hard to describe, but I just manipulated the lining until I got it to lay where I wanted it to—so it wouldn’t show!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 07.52 AMby frkbustad

    It’s adorable!! The fit looks good, and it doesn’t look too big over the hips. I really like the design without a waistband! Very elegant.

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    Apr 1, 2010, 06.43 AMby nettevivante

    I love it. This skirt is not only cute, but also very elegant. It looks great on you!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 05.17 AMby 5294sandras

    good job!!!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 04.45 AMby caramia-made

    I love it! And I love your top too – did you make it as well?

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      Apr 5, 2010, 12.43 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! The top is an antique nightgown that I shortened (the hem was damaged) into a blouse. :)

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    Apr 1, 2010, 02.00 AMby jeffrey

    I love it. Well well done.

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    Apr 1, 2010, 01.25 AMby abarefoot

    Ooooh my. So cute. Well done.

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    Apr 1, 2010, 01.16 AMby gonnange

    cuuuuuuuute!! i love the whole outfit :D

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