Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you! When we saw the Across the Pond skirt from Anthropologie, our jaws dropped and we were pretty sure they must have copied it straight from the designer, Megan Nielsen! Our skirt pick of the day is a knit pencil skirt from Anthropologie with waist ties. We’re going to show you how to make a copycat Anthropologie knit skirt for $100 less than the Anthropologie price!
Anthropology Across the Pond Skirt: $148 retail price.
Fabric needed: 1 yard
Fabric: $7.79 per yard
Total Cost: $21.59 for DIY
Total Savings: $126.41
Wow, the DIY wins again!! Are you seeing a pattern here? Plus by buying the Axel pattern, you actually get 3 skirt patterns in one. (See our review of all 3 pattern here.) Win, win, win! We hope we’ve convinced you with yet another Buy or DIY skirt edition.
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Edited to add: Yippee! I’m so excited to announce that the great sewing teacher, Mie from Sewing Like Mad won a $40 gift certificate to Imagine Gnats; sponsored in part by the generous Rachel from Imagine Gnats.
The other morning I actually donned a sweater! Fall is here, so that means it’s time for the Summer Skirt Award 2016! Yes! I know you’ve been waiting and watching all the skirts of the season, so relax and enjoy the skirts on parade! Since it’s our 10th Skirt Award Ceremony we want to do something special. We’re going to put up a poll at the end so you can vote on your favorite of these skirts, and the winner will receive a gift certificate to Imagine Gnats! (So they can by more fabric and make more skirts, of course!) All right…the best summer skirts of 2016:
Best Woven Skirt Award
The amazing Bonnie from Whisk ‘Em sewed up this skirt. The contrast striping on the skirt delights the eyes and is perfect for summer! Bonnie here’s your badge:
Best Skirt Tutorial
It’s pretty well established in the sewing community that if you need to know how to sew something the right way, ask Mie from Sewing Like Mad. So it’s no surprise that her simple exposed elastic waist skirt tutorial exceeds all the others. Mie, please accept this award from one of your lowly sewing students!
Best New Pattern
Here at Skirt Fixation we see and sew a lot of skirts from patterns. So when we see a new release like the Maple Skirt by Jess from Gracious Threads, we get all kinds of excited at how good it is! Jess, here’s your well earned badge.
Best Knit Skirt
Abbey from Sew Charleston had the same problem as we did when it came to the Axel skirt pattern, she couldn’t make just one! And her skirts are so darling, and so versatile, we just had to award them the best knit skirt award.
Best Maxi Skirt
Making a maxi skirt for summer can be kind of a tricky situation. Because you know, it’s summer! A puzzle which Eryn, from Style Sew Me solved beautifully with this flowy breezy maxi skirt. Eryn, please accept this award, even if it’s not as classy as your skirt!
Best Little Skirt
Lately we’ve been drawn to the simple but detailed items of clothing. Something which Karly, of Paisley Roots, has mastered. Like this little skirt. You’ve GOT to go to her blog post to see the finer details. Karly, please honor us by taking this badge!
Most Creative Skirt
The ladies over at the Colette blog can get pretty creative. And we love when it produces things as amazing as this skirt! We’re all about trying different materials to create gorgeous skirts! Ladies, here’s your badge…
Most Fun Skirt
We’re all hands on deck when it comes to a skirt with a strong theme, a fun look, and ultimate wearability. That what our good friends, the ladies from Simple Simon & Co achieved with this Pokemon Go inspired skirt! Ladies, we’d be honored if you’d take this award:
Best Skirt Refashion
The Refashioners 2016 Jeanius challenge brought out the old jeans and the most amazing creations ever! (Did you see the quilt we made for the challenge?) Well there were several skirt created from old jeans, but one stood out above the rest. Lisa from Pattern and Branch refashioned jeans into this skirt which still has us oohing and ahhing! Lisa, your hard earned badge:
Fancy Skirt Award
It may look like just a plain white skirt, but you really need to check out this very fancy skirt by Stacy from Stylin Stacy. The amount of topstitching and details that went into this one are incredible! Stacy, here’s your award:
Best Summer Skirt
This sunshiny skirt could have won the award in several of the above categories, but HELLO SUMMER! Alyssa, from The Sewing Goatherd, sewed up this skirt that sings sum, sum, summertime! Alyssa, here’s your award:
Now that’s almost the end! But remember to vote for your favorite skirt. Voting will remain open through the weekend, and we’ll update this post with the winner on Monday. If you won an award, right click on it to take it home and display it proudly!
Which Skirt Is Your Favorite of Summer 2016?
Best Summer Skirt by The Sewing Goatherd (1%, 1 Votes)
Best Knit Skirt by Sew Charleston (1%, 1 Votes)
Most Fun Skirt by Simple Simon and Co (3%, 2 Votes)
Fancy Skirt Award by Stylin Stacy (4%, 3 Votes)
Best Maxi Skirt by Style Sew Me (4%, 3 Votes)
Most Creative Skirt by the Colette Blog (4%, 3 Votes)
Best Woven Skirt by Whisk 'Em (5%, 4 Votes)
Best Skirt Refashion by Pattern and Branch (11%, 8 Votes)
Best New Pattern by Gracious Threads (20%, 15 Votes)
Best Little Skirt by Paisley Roots (22%, 16 Votes)
Best Skirt Tutorial by Sewing Like Mad (24%, 18 Votes)
Today we’re starting a new series (because we love skirt series!) called 5 Skirts. 5 Skirts is a series where we highlight five skirt patterns to help you feel confident about your body. Today’s edition is: 5 Skirts to Smooth your Waistline!
Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt: Hip sashes can be added to any of the three versions. What’s so great about the hip sashes? They minimize and cover the stomach. An Axel skirt will have you looking as great in the evening as you did in the morning.
Violette Field Threads Quinn Skirt: The neat feature of this skirt is the huge elastic waistband which accentuates the waist. Because it’s elastic, it’s like wearing stylish shape wear on the outside. Go ahead and order the extra large burrito, Quinn’s got you covered!
Jocole Yoga A-line skirt: Choose the fold over waistband when sewing any version of this skirt. Can you say double the tummy control? Or open the waistband up for extra coverage and control. Also, this skirt hugs your hips. Which means all the heart eyes on something other than your stomach as you sashay across the room.
Paprika Patterns Jade Skirt: The lines in this skirt are incredible. They have the effect of moving the eye across the skirt and drawing the eyes away from stomach with diagonal lines. Wearing a Jade skirt will bring you compliments over and over and over again!
Baste & Gather’s Syrah Skirt: This skirt has an option for a wide, ruched waistband. This feature adds visual interest and also disguises tummy rolls. Choosing the ruched waistband means choosing confidence!
There you have it; 5 Skirts to Smooth your Waistline! Now you can go ahead and wear a skirt…with pride!
Megan Nielsen’s Axel skirt pattern is their newest released skirt pattern. If you said it was their latest and greatest, you might be right!
The special thing about the Axel Skirt pattern is that there are 3 versions. But each of these views is so unique that it’s like getting 3 different patterns for the price of 1. So of course I ended up sewing all 3 of the versions.
The Axel Skirts are form fitting knit skirts with a variety of hem finishes. They are very quick and easy to construct. The patterns are illustrations, simple and easy to follow. Both body measurements and finished garment measurements are given, and we suggest to look at both as well as the stretch of the knit fabric you will be using before cutting out your size. These skirts are designed to be hip hugging, so if you are working with a less stretchy fabric you won’t be able to get it on if you don’t pay attention to this. I won’t tell you which of the 3 skirts I spent hours ripping out the side seams and sewing them at 1/4 seam allowance instead of the 5/8 seam allowance allowed to get more room for hips! (Hint: the one with the longest seams for the lady who’s birthed 7 children…)
Let’s take a closer look at each view. Version 1 has a handkerchief hem. You can also even out the points and make a trumpet shaped skirt if desired. I used brown ponte de roma for this skirt, purchased at JoAnn Fabrics.
Version 2 is a knee length skirt with hip sashes. Yes, I hacked this skirt into a maxi skirt because that’s what I love! I used some jersey knit stripe fabric from Imagine Gnats, and right now it’s on sale for $4.50 per yard! It’s quite thin, but worked beautifully for this skirt. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the hip sashes, but I actually think they’re fun and remind me of the 90s when we would tie sweaters around our hips and think we looked so coooool!
Version 3 is a midi length skirt with a slit that can be worn in either the front or the back. Allegra loves this skirt and suggested she needs a leather jacket to go with it. Hmmmm… I used fabric from Cali Fabrics. I don’t remember which fabric I purchased, but go check them out if you never have. And here’s a way to get 10% off: Get 10% off off your first purchase using my unique referral code: http://www.califabrics.com?redeem=NTczOTc2YjRiMDk3MTUwMzAwYjVhYTQ5
So basically, we love the Axel Skirt and we’re pretty sure everyone can find a version they like of this skirt too! Now it’s your turn to get involved with All The Skirts. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and a PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen.
Also the Inlinkz is open for you to link up anything you’ve made in 2016 using fabric from Imagine Gnats, or any Megan Nielsen pattern! We can’t wait to see what you’ve created using supplies from these fantastic sponsors. And remember to use the discount code SKIRTS16 for 15% off at Megan Nielsen.