Skirt Inspiration & Tutorials – Full Skirts: Ruffles, Circles, Tiers and Petticoats
I have been busy, busy, busy this weekend gathering up inspiration, tutorials and tips for the Summer of No Pants Skirt Sewing Challenge. Every day this week I’ll feature a different style of skirt and a Sweet Hot Tip to help you along the way. Today’s skirts are all in the Full, Flowy and Fluffy Skirt category – ruffles, tiers, petticoats and circle skirts! Oh my!
First of all, here are some tutorials and patterns for you. Click on the name of the skirt to go directly to the tutorial or pattern:
Petticoat Tutorial by Alisa Burke
I had a realllllly hard time finding a fully ruffled skirt for a grown up. Most of the ruffled skirts I found were a little too sickly sweet, and they looked like something for a child. I am in love with the cream and white ruffles in Alisa Burke’s pettiskirt. The subdued colors and the unfinished edges are the keys to making this skirt feminine and not girly.
The Linda Skirt by Burdastyle (shown here by Lazy_Linchen)
Burdastyle, in general, is a great source for free and cheap patterns. This Linda Skirt is one of the most versatile skirts in the collection. The length and the type of material can dramatically change the look of this skirt. I love the breezy flow and pretty lace edging of this version.
Punky Petticoat by Karline at Urban Threads
This is a basic, tiered skirt, and there are about a million and a half tutorials for this style online. I love this version because I usually think of tiered skirts as having a hippie/country/homesteading feel to them, and this version is definitely not any of those things. Who knew a tiered skirt could rock? Very nice.
Elastic Waist Skirt (with pockets!) by Susan Petersen at Freshly Picked
I’m a big fan of the whole domesticated 50’s housewife look. I like to picture myself in high-waisted, blooming skirts, stirring up a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies for my boys and using words like “swell” and “grand” and “big daddy” and this skirts fits in perfectly with that fantasy. Plus pockets!
A Petticoat for the Ages by Beth Skwarecki at The AntiCraft
Ahhh. A long white skirt. This one epitomizes summer to me. Too bad my sweet boys would get drooly oatmeal cookie grossness all over this in about two minutes. But I wanted to offer it here because it’s so darn purty, and it’s the sort of thing I would wear if I were, like, a girl in a flashback in a movie, running in meadow and laughing among the wildflowers with kind of an echo-y giggle, and everything’s kind of blown-out and fuzzy. . . definitely, I’d wear this.
C’mon. Tell me you’re not inspired! If ruffles and fluff ain’t your thang, come back tomorrow for a collection of sleek and chic pencil skirts.
*psst* it’s not too late to join my Flickr group and get in on the challenge.