Trend Watch : Full skirt

I normally do not follow the trends set by the fashion peeps, BUT, it so happens that the type of skirts I like to wear is apparently en vogue. Yes peeps, the powers that be in the fashion universe have decided that Full skirts are so in. Many magazines, like this one, have been popping up about full skirts being a fall must have. I knew I wanted to sew a skirt for fall at some point, but I kept pushing it down the project list as other more exciting things came up. That all changed however, when I saw this skirt. I saw it on her instagram page, on Friday, and decided it was time.


I was initially going to use a burnt orange fabric which I had picked up from from one of the fabric swaps, but changed my mind when pressing it became a pain. The fabric is so wrinkled that to get it properly straightened would take for ever. I wanted to wear the skirt for my Alumni meeting on saturday, and I needed a really stress free and quick project, and the fabric was misbehaving, so I put it to one side. I went through my stash, and decided on a floral silk brocade I had bought from this ebay shop.

It was an extremely easy project to do. I just cut a rectangle the length of my waist, plus seam allowance for the waist band. For the main skirt, I simply cut to rectangles of 30 inches each. I wanted a midi length, so 30 inches was just perfect for me. I did not use my hip measurement. My fabric was 54 inches wide, so I just used all of the width. That helped with the side seams. I did not have to finish them off since both sides had selvedges.

To gather the skirt, I used a wide zig zag stitch, and placed a thick thread on my seam allowance. This method makes gathering EXTREMELY easy. I used this tutorial. For those who learn best by observing, you can watch this video on how to gather using a similar method.

I recently bought some stay tapes from A Fashionable Stitch and I was itching to use stay tape on a project. I used it to interface my zip area. Ah, I am definitely growing up peeps. I will have to write a separate post on my shipment from A Fashionable Stitch. Lovely stuff I got, and the service was just awesome. If you look closely, you can see the zig zag stitch with the thick thread in the middle.

Hemming this skirt, was my least favourite part of this make. Can you imagine having to hem 108 inches of fabric? Even though I did not enjoy it, I have to admit it was easier than the last time I made a gathered skirt. I used horse hair braid at the hem, and this made the process ALMOST enjoyable.

I really love this skirt. Not only because of the beautiful print, but because of the little techniques I used. I had never gathered fabric using the zig zag method before, and I must say, I am now a convert. I had also never stabilised my zipper area before. I am not sure if it made any difference, but the experts seem to think it is a good thing, so I suppose it is good, and I will do this more often.

I wore it to my alumni meet up, and received so many compliments. They especially loved the fabric. I love the fabric too, but it frayed like crazy.I don’t know if I would like to work with brocade again. It was easy to sew, but the fraying just frayed my nerves. ah..I like the sound of that.



  1. October 20, 2013 / 2:28 am

    Gorgeous skirt! I love the colour.

  2. October 20, 2013 / 6:42 am

    Gorgeous skirt, beautiful autumn colours. The whole outfit is really well put together, love it.

  3. October 20, 2013 / 7:26 am

    Beautiful, and goes so well with the other pieces in the outfit.

  4. October 20, 2013 / 8:10 am

    Simply smashing, Dibs! The length and colour is just beautiful on you!

  5. October 20, 2013 / 8:43 am

    Awesome skirt Dibs! Love the Autumnal vibe and yay for new techniques!

  6. October 20, 2013 / 9:34 am

    Beautiful! Stabilizing sounds like a good idea, but I've yet to try it.

  7. October 20, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    What a very pretty skirt. Thanks for sharing the tip about horsehair braid. I'll have to try that!

  8. October 20, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    How lovely you were! The skirt/outfit is a real winner.

  9. October 20, 2013 / 6:19 pm

    Yey to full skirts being in, because I love them too! Yours looks fab. I love the colours and the fabric, and it looks great on you. I'm also loving your belt!

  10. October 20, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    Wow! This looks amazing! I've been a bit out of the loop with fashion trends lately, but I'm glad this is a trend because it looks awesome!

  11. October 20, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    sooooooooo cute, the colors, the ensemble, the woman, the hair… this might be next up for me.

  12. October 21, 2013 / 2:11 am

    Can't help but love a full gathered skirt. Looking good!

  13. October 21, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    OMG Dibs this is incredible. I love so many things about this post, the fabric choice, the new technique for gathering (I never knew!) and the stay tape; I totally need some of this so I'm interested to find out about shipping etc. I always stabilise my zip seams and find that it really makes a big difference. You look beautiful in this skirt – love it!

  14. October 22, 2013 / 5:34 am

    What awesome fabric, and making it up as a full skirt was a top idea. You look stunning. And that gathering method can also be used with dental floss, which can bring a minty freshness to your ruffle!!

  15. October 22, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    Great skirt! Looks really good on you. Must try to use horsehair braid one of these days too. Looking forward to your fashionable stitch shopping post. Stephanie x

  16. October 23, 2013 / 4:32 pm

    Thanks Stephanie. Horsehair braid is awesome.

  17. October 23, 2013 / 4:35 pm

    Thanks Winnie. I did not have dental floss at home. lol.

  18. October 23, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    Thanks Clare. I also only recently discovered the gathering technique. I am NEVER ever going back to three rows of stitching.

  19. October 23, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    Thanks Jennifer

  20. October 23, 2013 / 4:41 pm

    Thanks Melody

  21. October 23, 2013 / 4:41 pm

    Awww thanks Erin.

  22. October 23, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    Thanks Wendy. I love this skirt. I am tempted to wear it everyday.

  23. October 23, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    Thanks Catherine.

  24. October 23, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    Thanks Aunt Lola. I will try to get the post about my goodies from a fashionable stitch soon.

  25. October 23, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    Thanks Amanda

  26. October 23, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    Thanks Stevie. Don't you just love it when you learn a cool new trick?

  27. October 23, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    Thanks Donna.

  28. October 23, 2013 / 4:47 pm

    Thanks L. You will love the horsehair braid.

  29. October 23, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    Thanks Faye

  30. October 23, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    Thanks Lynne.

  31. October 23, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    Thanks Sonja. Normally I would just ignore fashion rantings, but this trend is so me.

  32. October 23, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    hihihihihihihih. Oona I am blushing right now. thanks

  33. October 23, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    Thanks Mela

  34. October 27, 2013 / 8:10 pm

    I love that fall-like fabric you used for this skirt. You look great.

  35. November 3, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    Oooh… this is lovely! I've also not done the full skirt thing yet… but I feel inspired now!!

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