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Tina Sparkle's Skirt Pattern

Added Sep 27, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






This sewing and pattern-drafting project couldn’t have been easier! I recently got in touch with Tina Sparkles, author of Little Green Dresses (an awesome book with 50 original sewing patterns & projects) and asked her if I could feature her basic skirt pattern on BurdaStyle. She said “of course” and wanted to see BurdaStyle’s version. Well here it is!

I made Tina’s “Ultra Miniskirt” in sage green reverse silk charmeuse— I wanted a vintage look that appears soft and worn-in, while having a boudoir sort of feel, like silk you’ve had for years…Paired with my vintage mushroom silk blouse the look was romantic and not too fussy. This is the perfect beginner’s project, it couldn’t be easier to sew this elastic waist skirt— and the look can be much more than simple, depending on the type of fabric you use and how you style your look.

Material Notes

1 yard sage green charmeuse, 30" elastic band




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Geek, Mod, Preppy, Romantic, Steampunk, Vintage
Chiffon, Cotton, Blends, Silk


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    Jun 26, 2011, 06.13 AMby paintthesilence

    absolutely love this! begging for blouse pattern!

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    Jan 4, 2011, 07.53 PMby sparling01

    awww =(( i was just visiting this one again in hopes of where to find the pattern for the top! It’s soooo pretty! and looks great with the skirt ;)

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    Oct 2, 2010, 02.10 PMby coolthreadz

    that’s an awesome blouse! pls put up a pattern for it……….

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    Sep 29, 2010, 08.40 AMby cappucine

    It’s beautiful, "chic "

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    Sep 29, 2010, 06.27 AMby ndimi

    Cute skirt. And I adore the blouse! Is there a pattern for it?

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    Sep 28, 2010, 11.43 PMby calis

    Wow—easy AND fabulous. I’m going to see if I can get my daughter to try this as her first sewing project.

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    Sep 28, 2010, 09.45 PMby pixelink

    I love the beautiful soft tones and the book looks fab, another book to add to my list!

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    Sep 28, 2010, 05.35 PMby Tina Sparkles

    Alison! I LOVE your version of the skirt and also your styling! I also like how you altered the pattern to include only a CB seam and a deeper hem. You can really do anything to any pattern to make it your own, and you really demonstrated that well on this project!!!

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      Sep 28, 2010, 10.09 PMby alisondahl

      Thanks Tina— I can think of a million different ways I am going to make this skirt (next in a bold print). Your tutorial is so easy to follow. <3

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    Sep 27, 2010, 11.37 PMby amandahaas

    SOOOO cute, I can’t wait to make it!

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    Sep 27, 2010, 11.01 PMby Katie Bee

    I adore this skirt! I’m going to make it tonight. Thanks for a project I can handle.

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      Sep 28, 2010, 04.05 PMby alisondahl

      cool— and then share your pics with us ok?!

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    Sep 27, 2010, 06.20 PMby emily-marie

    Such beautiful fabric & styling make even the simplest patterns really wonderful! Love how you put the look together.

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    Sep 27, 2010, 05.38 PMby wzrdreams

    Very sweet. This is a great project for beginners. Thanks!

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