Before we start today’s All The Skirts post, we have a favor to ask: Don’t ask us if we like today’s skirt or last week’s skirt better, okay? Alright with that out of the way, let’s get started!
The Scarlett Skirt by Violette Field Threads is the next skirt for All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics. This adorable, versatile skirt can be worn and styled several ways, allowing for multiple repeat wearings by your little girl of her new favorite skirt!
The Scarlett Skirt is actually two skirts worn together. There is a tie up skirt on the top and a petti-skirt underneath. The two are not attached, so they can also be worn separately. This little skirt is one of the most unique skirts we’ve ever sewn!
The Scarlett Skirt can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 9/10. There is a coordinating leg warmers pattern included with the Scarlett Skirt. While the tie up skirt is a fairly quick sew, the petti-skirt consumes more time because of the ruffles. More on that in a minute. The instructions have photo illustrations, and are complete and very easy to follow. The legwarmers can also be constructed in a matter of minutes. The overskirt has a wide waistband with elastic across the back, and the petti-skirt waistband is completely elasticized.
A few thoughts about sewing the petti-skirt. The pattern suggests making a neutral petti-skirt that can be worn under several different Scarlett Skirt toppers, and we totally agree! We would not suggest following the instructions for making the ruffles. From our experience there are 4 ways to simplify the ruffle making process.
- Make the ruffles from a single layer of knit fabric. This eliminates the need for finished edges on the ruffles, and therefore the difficulty of working with a double layer of fabric.
- If you use woven fabric for the ruffles, cut the ruffle strips on the bias, again eliminating fraying edges and a double layer of fabric.
- Eliminate the ruffles altogether.
- If you use woven fabric and don’t cut them on the bias, leave both short ends open for turning. Both ends will be inside a side hem. Otherwise you will spend hours trying to turn an impossibly narrow tube. Also, do not iron before you turn the tube so that it’s easier to gather and sew down your ruffle strips. And finally, sew a 1/4 inch seam instead of a 1/2 inch seam so your tube is a little wider and you don’t spend an extra hour trimming off half your seam allowance.
One thing that makes this outfit so charming is the fabrics we used. The tie up overskirt is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and is Cotton + Steel called Drop Pistachio. It’s from a line of fabric designed by Kimberly Kight called Cookie Book!
We used a bright green ribbon for the tie up on the skirt and vintage green buttons on the leg warmers for the added pop! For the legwarmers we used some Raspberry Creek Fabrics Club knit called Geometric Diamond. Raspberry Creek Fabric knit is comparable to Riley Blake Designs knit for softness and quality. In other words, really good stuff!
The petti-skirt fabric is swiss dot fabric leftover from making Aria’s Granville shirt (unblogged, but made parallel with this Granville shirt.)
We only have one more skirt to sew for this edition of All The Skirts, and we hope you’ve entered to win. If you haven’t started sewing yet, you still have a few weeks left, so grab your fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and your Violette Field Threads patterns and get started!
Simply link up anything you’ve made this year with a Violette Field Threads pattern or fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway too. Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.