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The Linda-Hop Skirt

Added Oct 31, 2010

by sunnilj9

Cedar City, Utah...






I found myself being more and more drawn to making a skirt that didn’t require a lot of fitting and was easy to wear. Not to mention with cold weather just around the corner, I was ready for something warm and Fall looking. And plaid. Mustard-y plaid.

So it is with giddy excitement and pleasure I present, The Linda-Hop Skirt. Made from the Linda pattern here on Burda Style no less. Easy peasy pattern with loads of potential for fun details. Since this was such an easy pattern, I decided to tackle this plaid double faced wool. It was simply dreamy to work with. And this stuff is extra thick and extra beautiful. And I matched up the plaids rather well I think considering this is my first time working with plaids. The plaid at the zipper just wouldn’t work for some reason, but its only off a slight bit in that one area, so there. I’ll live, I guess. Sigh….

The skirt went together quite smoothly. Easy fit, easy sew. I let the thing hang for about 3 weeks. I hemmed up the hem with horsehair braid. I follow Gertie’s advice and tutorial for this as she is an expert circle skirt maker. I didn’t have access to the type of horsehair braid that she uses. Mine was not as wide and I had to run a gathering stitch along one edge. I just bought mine at Hancock’s. I love the finished product though. Oh my goodness! The hem looks so professional. And it gives the hem weight. I love it!

I gave it a lapped handpicked zipper with a vintage metal zipper. Could not be happier with the metal zipper. The skirt lining is finished with my favorite detail, lace. You might also be wondering why I’m wearing it with the seam in the front and back, as traditionally the pattern says it should be worn on the side. I had been looking at a lot of mags for the inspiration for this skirt. The ones I liked best were plaid and had the plaids matched up perfectly and to show that off the seam was in the front. I loved this. Yeah. I can match my plaids. Thanks.

For more on this beauty, visit my blog post here.

Material Notes

Double Faced Wool, Silk Charmeuse, vintage metal zipper, button, thread, lace




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Silk, Wool


Horsehair Braid Tutorial

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    Nov 7, 2010, 05.52 AMby 5294sandras

    Very nice – well done!! I saw a plaid skirt at the mall and I was thinking about making one. It had front seams and the plaids matched like your skirt. I thought it was very stylish and seeing your great work inspires me.

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    Nov 2, 2010, 02.17 PMby libra-s

    Soo pretty! Love it!

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    Nov 2, 2010, 01.14 PMby erica-penton

    This is exactly what I want to wear this fall. Great job!

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    Nov 2, 2010, 06.18 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    plaid maching A plus, hemm A plus, lining with lace A plus!!! this is just lovely!

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    Nov 2, 2010, 04.35 AMby loversandhaters

    Also…I love the yellow lining and lace hem! So lovely.

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    Nov 2, 2010, 04.33 AMby loversandhaters


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    Nov 2, 2010, 02.23 AMby wzrdreams

    Good job on the plaid matching! I love that look as well this season.

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    Nov 1, 2010, 08.13 PMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    Too cute!

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    Nov 1, 2010, 06.17 PMby anajan

    Very very cute!

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      Nov 3, 2010, 03.08 PMby anajan

      And it’s featured by the site – congrats!

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    Nov 1, 2010, 02.56 PMby seedling

    Love it! Where did you get that gorgeous fabric?!? Excellent job with the plaid – I’m looking at my first plaid project but haven’t had the confidence to start cutting!

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      Nov 2, 2010, 05.52 PMby sunnilj9

      Thank you! The fabric is from the online shop, Trim Fabrics. They have a rather nice selection of gorgeous wools. This one was rather pricey, however considering it doesn’t itch one bit, it was worth it. I’m so in love with the plaid too. Be still my heart!

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    Nov 1, 2010, 01.49 PMby corduroycoat

    I am in love with that fabric! It looks so dreamy falling in those soft, wide folds. It’s such a beautiful skirt., the horsehair braid gives it such a ncie shape.

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