Today I’m going to continue with yesterday’s skirt pattern tutorial, and morph it into a four seasons skirt pattern! The pattern I showed you how to make yesterday is for a very basic skirt, and can be modified so many different ways. For today’s post I’m going to show you the way to use the four seasons skirt pattern to make maxi skirts, but it would be very easy to shorten this into midi or mini or knee length skirts too! Without further ado…the four seasons skirts!
The Spring Skirt
To make this skirt I found a very spring-y fabric at Jo-Ann’s. All the pattern and the embroidery make this skirt very colorful and busy! I didn’t want to add to the busyness of the skirt by making a seam up the back, so I cut out two pieces from my interfacing pattern piece, both on the fold, cutting the fabric 4 inches longer than I wanted the finished length of the skirt to be. I moved the zipper over to the side seam, and made the basic part of the skirt as usual. Next I made two horizontal pleats around the bottom of the skirt. Then I cut out several long rectangles and gathered them for the ruffle around the bottom. Finally, I added the tiny transparent blue ribbon above the two pleats.
The Summer Skirt
The fabric for this skirt came from Jo-Ann’s also. It came all sewed together in strips as shown, but every time I wear this skirt, someone asks if I made the skirt, and they are so impressed at all the work I put into it! Sometimes I explain, and sometimes I let them remain impressed! I made this summer skirt as described for the spring skirt above, except I didn’t add 4 inches to the bottom of the pattern. I added a strip of lace around the bottom, and I was done with my lightweight summer maxi skirt!
This was the easiest of the four skirt to make! I did not make any alterations to the pattern except for putting the zipper on the side instead of in the back because again, the print of the skirt was busy enough without putting a seam in the back. I didn’t even hem this skirt, instead using the selvedge for the hem.
The Winter Skirt
I saw a skirt I really loved being sold by Long Tall Sally. But (this was a few years ago, before they had any buying options for us US tall ladies) I didn’t want to go through the hastle of buying a skirt from the UK, plus it was a little out of my price range. So I decided to copy it! I started with some navy blue wool crepe. I cut out the skirt exactly according to my interface pattern, with the zipper in the back. Then I cut out an additional rectangle of fabric, about 4.5 inches wide, hemmed it and sewed it on about 4 inches above the hem of the skirt, making for a layered look.
Make it beautiful,