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Silver paper bag skirt

Added Apr 30, 2012

by abbeyjane

Perth, Australia






This is a skirt I made using the paper bag waist skirt pattern from Salme Patterns, using a cotton/silk blend.

- added a lining
- used an invisible zipper instead of a regular zipper
- shortened it a bit
- sewed the pleats in place (see below)
- took off about 1cm either side from the hip down
- narrowed the belt keepers by sewing across them in order to keep the belt at the bottom of the keepers. Without this the belt sits at the top of the belt keepers and hides the pretty pleats in the waistband.

It’s a lovely pattern, but I got a bit confused sewing the skirt to the waistband. The pleats in the top of the skirt piece have been trued so the edge of the piece isn’t straight, but you have to sew the straight waistband edge to this. At least that’s what I ended up doing, but I thought I must be wrong because the pieces didn’t fit together properly. And the instructions didn’t say when or how to make the pleats, so I did it last, and held them in place by sewing across the pleats on the waistband seamline. Anyway, despite my confusion, I am very pleased with the result.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Cotton, Blends, Silk


Salme Patterns

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    May 2, 2012, 11.19 AMby BridgetDyer

    Oh this is gorgeous! Great job!

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    May 1, 2012, 09.30 AMby Nickiejc

    I like this skirts elegant simplicity…I also really like grey!

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    May 1, 2012, 01.22 AMby abbeyjane

    Thanks everyone!

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    Apr 30, 2012, 11.27 AMby Priscilla Folley

    Hey, good job! It looks great and flattering!

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    Apr 30, 2012, 06.02 AMby prettysewinggirl

    perfect!! great sewing! and it looks so cute too :) hope you will wear it often!

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