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Sean Skirt A La Polka Dot

Added Apr 18, 2012

by Julia Morley

Pittsburgh, Penn...






Say hello to project number 14 in my 52 Weeks of Sewing project! I put far more effort into this than the fabric was probably worth, but I learned a lot and that’s what counts, right?

I’ve been eyeing the Sean Skirt for a while and finally decided to spring and buy the pattern. The polka is a polyester charmeuse that I got as a remnant a few months ago. Not enough to make the whole skirt, but I found a matching charmeuse in a cream color, so I decided to go for it!

I wanted to make sure the fabric wouldn’t fray, so… every single seam is enclosed. Really, every single one. Not serger enclosed, we’re talking french seams and hong kong seams and possibly other seams I don’t know the name of. Have you ever tried to make bias binding from cheap charmeuse? It was less fun than I expected, and I sort of enjoy making bias binding.

Like some others who have made this skirt I backed all the tiered pieces with the same fabric to add a nicer finish when the skirt comes up (swing dancer requirement). Lots of fiddly pressing, fortunately no meltage, but I think it was worth the extra step. I also folded the waistband and added a covered button with a loop rather than a button hole (fraying risk reduction). Have I mentioned I recently learned about covering your own buttons? Seriously best discovery ever.

Material Notes

polyester charmeuse




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Mod, Preppy

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    Apr 29, 2012, 10.19 PMby buddingnaturalist

    Oh that’s awesome! What a pretty combination!

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    Apr 24, 2012, 10.20 PMby kastronut

    What a challenging project! Kudos to your perseverance.

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      Apr 26, 2012, 03.26 PMby Julia Morley

      Thanks! Definitely not in a hurry to do it again anytime too soon :-)

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    Apr 21, 2012, 12.45 PMby pamchar

    Beautiful fabric combination and it suits you so well. Great job!

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    Apr 19, 2012, 09.04 AMby freakusbzzz

    Really beautifully sewn. I have a half finished Seam skirt, not sure I’ll ever get to it though.

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      Apr 21, 2012, 07.02 PMby Julia Morley

      Yeah, this one spent about two weeks half-finished because it was just so many pieces and a surprising amount of labor. If you ever finish yours I look forward to seeing it!

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    Apr 19, 2012, 12.01 AMby Andrew Tanardi

    Woow, your skirt look wonderful, love it. Unlucky men doesn’t wear skirt, otherwise i will get it for myself, hahaha. Good job

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    Apr 18, 2012, 11.59 PMby schnui

    Julia, you have made yourself one very swish skirt and I too would be twirling in it all day too. Well done, the 2 fabrics give it a great look.

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    Apr 18, 2012, 08.37 PMby merche

    Great skirt! Very nice details, button, lining. It looks like a lot of fun!

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    Apr 18, 2012, 08.25 PMby aceshey18

    I would twirl everywhere too! I love the combination of fabrics, especially the polka dots!

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    Apr 18, 2012, 07.28 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    this is so much fun… but how do you keep from constantly twirling in it? i reckon it demands it.

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      Apr 18, 2012, 07.37 PMby Julia Morley

      There are no laws against constantly twirling! People can give me all the funny looks they like :-)

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    Apr 18, 2012, 06.58 PMby lienepien

    Nice combination the two fabrics! Looks great!

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