A Not So Perfect Skirt

As I was staring disappointedly at my crooked topstitching and badly inserted zipper last night, I thought to myself, “Well, it’s nice to know that somethings never change.” And then I wondered why I had expected that to have changed. The last time I sewed something that wasn’t a repair job or modification was in 2010, I think. After I remembered that I became much more satisfied with my poorly made skirt.


I always make jokes about how I only sew with circles and rectangles, but that’s a little too accurate to really be a joke anymore. This was made entirely out of rectangles. The construction is incredibly simple. I cut the waistband to be the circumference of my waist plus seam allowance and ease, and I made it twice as tall as I wanted it to be plus seam allowance. I was too generous with the ease, and it is a little loose in the waist, but it’s not terribly noticeable. I’m not very good at judging ease for this kind of project. I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with so I took what was left after I made made the waistband, cut it in half, and gathered it up to be the skirt. The belt loops were made from scraps from the waistband. It’s not perfect, but it’s totally wearable, and that’s what counts.







14 responses to “A Not So Perfect Skirt”

  1. It looks great! I also sew with circles and rectangles. I fondly remember a dress with a drawstring neckline and circle skirt that I made out of a white sheet! I wore it for years, and loved it.

  2. I think the skirt looks quite lovely. And if anyone is close enough to inspect the top stitching, you might have a more pressing issue on your hands.

  3. It looks adorable from here 🙂

  4. It’s really cute! I think I need a few more of these simple skirts in my wardrobe, too!

  5. Hanna

    Really nice! Looks perfect!

  6. I think it looks great. I can’t sew at all and am envious of your circles and rectangles.

  7. Looks pretty perfect to me! Super cute!

  8. Lisa S.

    Nice to see you’re not a perfectionist about everything. 😀

  9. I think it’s adorable 🙂

    1. Thanks! I wore it again yesterday and a lot of the problems are much less noticeable now that it’s had some time to hang.

  10. I love your skirt. I can’t see anything wrong with it. One of my mum’s favourite expressions is ‘A man on a galloping horse wouldn’t notice’. Very appropriate. As another commenter mentioned, if you have anyone looking that closely you have other problems. 🙂

    I love the cardi you’re wearing in the picture. Is it something you made yourself? If so what pattern did you use, it looks like crochet.

    1. I did make my cardigan, and it is crocheted, but there’s no pattern for it at the moment.

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