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Polka Dots = Springtime

Added May 4, 2011

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Simplicity 2413, Project Runway Skirt Pattern: Misses skirt in two lengths. View A is a “paper bag” skirt, and View B is a full skirt. I chose View A.

I purchased this skirt pattern keeping in mind the significant yardage I knew was stashed in a drawer from a previous project. However, what I forgot about was the leftover yardage was a super long length of incredibly narrow fabric – and this pattern is basically two large pieces cut on the fold. OOPS! Because I am stubborn, the fact that the fabric made the project more challenging made me want to tackle it even more.

The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. There are not as many picture diagrams as I am used to seeing with Simplicity patterns, but if you take the time to read through the steps, everything is stated clearly. And if you have been looking for a simple way to insert pockets into an invisible zippered seam, these are some great instructions to reference.

Because of the strangely shaped fabric pieces I had to work with, it was necessary to cut four skirt pieces, instead of two on the fold. Thankfully, I had just enough length to cut out my four pieces and match polka dots!

I knew that I would need to lengthen this skirt if I was going to get any wear out of it during the summer months with bare legs. However, I was not thrilled with the idea of matching dots with the little yardage I had for the lower section of skirt. Instead, I lengthened the main skirt piece by 6", and drew in my own shaping line to create a bit less of a peg to the skirt hem.

I added a thick white grosgrain ribbon to my belt to break up the polka dots with a stripe of white. The ribbon actually helps give the belt a bit more body than the cotton has on its own.

The pattern suggests the addition of a “thread carrier” to keep the belt in place. I like to use embroidery floss for this purpose. First off, I have a ton left over from my counted cross stitch days. Second, it creates a thicker and more sturdy holder for the belt than regular thread. To create the carrier, I crochet a chain the width of the belt that it will carry, thread each end with a needle to draw it through from right side to wrong side of the finished garment, and secure.

I will also be adding a couple of ribbon hangers to the interior waistline so I can put it on a hanger without smooshing the upper pleats.

I will definitely be sewing this up again in the future. And I highly recommend this pattern for a quick and fun project.

I love these paper bag skirts that start out as a shapeless bag and then turn into a lovely tulip shape – they are so easy to wear. It may not look like much until the final waist pleats are sewn, but stick with it, because it is a lovely garment. I also love the pockets, although I never seem to utilize them, so I will probably skip that step when I make the skirt again.

Material Notes

Quilting Cotton from JoAnns; Hug Snug seam binding from fabric.com




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    May 16, 2011, 06.09 PMby elegantmusings

    I love this! Not only because of the great color (and it’s polka dots, which I love! ;) but also the silhouette. Beautiful job!

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    May 13, 2011, 08.52 AMby amcormick

    I bought this pattern today and plan to tackle this over the weekend in seersucker. I’m new to sewing and if I can get mine half as nice as yours, I’ll be ecstatic.

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    May 12, 2011, 09.18 PMby Tara Blockley

    I don’t understand the hug snug. What is it used for?

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      May 12, 2011, 10.45 PMby lauramae

      Hug Snug is a rayon seam binding that wraps around the raw edges of my garment (instead of serging). It is washable and does not add any bulk to the seams. I love it!

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      May 12, 2011, 11.07 PMby Tara Blockley

      Oh, that sounds wonderful since I don’t have a serger. Where can you buy it?

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      May 13, 2011, 03.23 AMby lauramae

      I purchased mine from fabric.com – but if you google “hug snug seam binding” there are other retailers that carry it.

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    May 10, 2011, 09.11 AMby olystyrene

    Great fabric choice! I can see why you wanted to work with it – it looks wonderful!

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    May 6, 2011, 05.27 PMby Jlcrane

    I love it; it’s so cute! Did you make the blouse? I’ll definitely try this skirt pattern!

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      May 6, 2011, 10.15 PMby lauramae

      The blouse is from Anthropologie – Odille’s “Picture Frame Blouse.” The polka dot skirt reminded me that it has been langishing in my closet for quite a while.

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    May 6, 2011, 12.42 AMby sew4esty

    This is gorgeous!! And the colour suits you :) You’ve inspired me to try this pattern after seeing your finished product. The style is cute too!

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    May 5, 2011, 01.07 PMby foxyroxy

    I just purchased this pattern and will be making it sometime this summer. I really like your fabrice choice…it’s super fun.

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    May 5, 2011, 01.04 PMby evelynnouveau

    This is really cute! I have a paper bag style skirt pattern somewhere! Its definitely on the list!

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    May 5, 2011, 11.26 AMby groovymama

    Wonderful. And I love the fabric.

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    May 5, 2011, 08.42 AMby tabyaby

    G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! Love it!

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    May 5, 2011, 07.41 AMby lennert

    Beautiful! The cut of the skirt suits you very well…

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    May 5, 2011, 05.49 AMby apfelbluete

    I love this skirt. You’ve made it wonderful. He stands with me a long time for the to-do list. You got me motivated now!:-)

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    May 5, 2011, 04.20 AMby BrigetteForbes

    That looks fantastic!! I’m going to get that pattern!

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