FO: Tulip skirt

20 Mar

Pattern: Simplicity 2413, View A

Fabric: Stretch cotton sateen from Joanns (the Riviera collection,) about 2.5 yards

Notes: Obviously I made a fabric change.  Spring weather has arrived here, and I was anxious to make a spring skirt!  I didn’t have anything suitable, so I bought this stretch sateen at Joanns for 40% off.  It was really nice to work with, except for being slightly difficult to cut.  I used my walking foot and a stretch needle to get the most even results on the stretchy fabric.

I was really curious to make a tulip skirt – I like the slightly retro shape, and it’s easier to wear that its cousin the bubble skirt.  This version has what’s called a “paper bag waist” – thanks to Amanda for reminding me what that was called, and reminding me that I loved this style when I saw it on Project Runway.  It’s easy to wear because it softens the waistline – it is somewhat high waisted, but you are belting a bit lower.

I thought the skirt was well drafted, and I had no issues with it other than the usual sizing down from the crazy ease in Simplicity patterns.  My measurements make me a size 12 from the waist down, but I made an 8.  I could have gotten away with a 6 I think, because of the stretch fabric.  So my advice is to pin the pleats on the tissue and measure before deciding on a size (the pattern does not include any useful finished measurements, such as the waist.)  I have a pet peeve about this – I understand that different people want differing amounts of ease, but it does stand to reason that they bought the pattern because of the envelope photo, and want a size that will give them that effect.  So why list a size that will give you a huge skirt?  Won’t that just make people say “Simplicity patterns don’t fit me?”

The instructions were ok I guess, but I did follow a different order.  The pattern called for installing the zipper first, and doing the pleats nearly last.  I reversed that, and was able to construct 90% of the skirt, including the bottom band, flat.  I think it was easier that way.  I also did my pockets differently, and in the end only installed the one on the side without the zipper.   It looks fine that way.

I did make the bottom band, which is optional.  Without the band, the skirt is quite a bit shorter, as it tends to poof out more without the weight.  It was too short for my taste, and I want to be able to wear this to work.  Overall I am very pleased with the skirt – it was dead simple to make, and surprisingly grown-up, even in the crazy print.  I think it could look quite dressy in a more sedate fabric.  It’s trendy, but not too much for me (and you know I am not about trends, so that’s good!)

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30 Responses to “FO: Tulip skirt”

  1. Susan - Knitters Delight March 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    I really love how this turned out with your new stretch sateen fabric. It’s a really beautiful piece.

  2. formalsandmore March 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    So cute! I wish I was a person who wore skirts – this one would be a definite! But, alas, I usually wear dresses. Skirts just are not comfortable for me. But this one is really cute!!

  3. Amanda S. March 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Great skirt! I’m glad to know the extra weight of the bottom band pulls it down some. I was just going to make mine longer without the band but now will follow the pattern design. BTW, stretch sateen is one of my favorite fabrics to sew with as it has such a nice weight and irons beautifully, not to mention the comfort of an extra bit of stretch.

    • stitchywitch March 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

      Yes, the band really pulls it down – I didn’t mention that it’s doubled fabric as well, which helps with pulling it down. The skirt had a significant pouf without it! This was my first time with stretch sateen, and it was lovely!

  4. fridica March 20, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    It’s gorgeous! And the pattern on the material (and the colors) are just so perfect and springy! Great job! : )

  5. Julie March 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    So pretty! the cut is so flattering, and the print is perfect for spring and summer. Great job!

  6. KERaven March 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    looks great. I’m not a fan of bubble skirts and they certainly wouldn’t look good on my body, but I certainly like this and think I could even wear it. Everything you make is beautiful!

  7. Angela March 21, 2010 at 12:21 am #

    Cute skirt!

  8. Estella March 21, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Love the fabric – that skirt rocks!

  9. Marisa March 21, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Beautiful job! Love the print.

  10. mick March 21, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    I love this! It is so stinking cute! I wonder if a tulip shape would be flattering on me? I’ve shied away from high-waisted stuff because I’m very short-waisted, but also rather curvy. Maybe I’ll have to give it a try.

  11. Marybeth March 21, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    I like it alot! I love that fabric too – I saw it in JoAnn’s and really liked the whole Riviera collection… Great work!

  12. ~buzzybee~ March 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Gorgeous and so spring-like! Love the hem band option and bow.

  13. Roobeedoo March 22, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    I think it looks dressy in that fabric – you could wear it to a summer wedding! It would have been very short without the band – and it looks much more interesting with this detail. Another great job!

  14. redknitter March 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Another great piece! I was thinking that I wanted to make a tulip skirt, and this might be just the pattern for me.

  15. Rachel March 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    way cute! love your fabric choice too.

  16. Tasia March 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Great skirt! Love the print, it’s so fresh and spring-y. Nice job!

  17. Melissa March 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    So cute! I have to say I’m quite jealous … besides being a talented knitter and crocheter, you’re an amazing sewist! Great job (and I’m going to keep drooling over all the lovely additions to your wardrobe).

  18. Lynn March 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    That is SUCH a cute skirt! Love it!

  19. SockPixie March 23, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    The skirt looks lovely. The fabric is great too! Isn’t it great when you can just say “I have nothing to wear, I need a new skirt.” And you just grab some fabric, sew for a couple hours, and there you are, you have a new skirt!

  20. Sarah March 23, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! The skirt is uber-cute. I’m in love with the pattern! It’s so vibrant and retro! Someone told me that some of the project runway patterns could be a bit tricky in fitting so I was a little hesitant (I bought them anyway during the $1 pattern sale at Joanns) and maybe will think twice about sewing them, I never follow the instructions anyway, lol!

  21. Sarah March 23, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    I was actually just about to buy this pattern, so I’m glad to get to see it on a real person first. It looks great! Thanks for the sizing tip too!

  22. Suzie March 24, 2010 at 8:16 am #


    I have just found your blog – and I LOVE it!!!

    Initially I was drawn in by the gorgeous skirt in this post – its so lovely, well done. And I automatically assumed that you are a seasoned pro at dressmaking….until I read through your older posts and see you have only really started making clothes since like Oct last year!!! Thats insane!!!

    You are totally inspirational and I am feeling very ashamed of my lack of finished pieces (I got my first sewing machine in October too!)!!! This is definately a big KICK UP THE BUM for me!

    Looking forward to seeing what else you make

    Suzie :)

  23. Angel March 24, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    It’s a very nice skirt, just in time for spring. By the way, I just discovered your blog this morning and I really love it.

  24. Robin March 24, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Super cute! Love the fabric and fit. I agree on the amount of ease in many of the Big Four patterns.

  25. Kala March 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Very cute, I love the fabric!

  26. Angie March 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    Cute. As always.

  27. Karin March 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    That’s a great skirt, it looks lovely on you. The fabric is gorgeous!

  28. Sarah March 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    Ok, I am waayyy lost on the zipper part…these instructions are super confusing!

  29. Diane May 3, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    Your skirt is darling!! My 20 year old daughter choose this pattern using big Amy Butler print. SHe dosn’t really like “Momma sewn” clothes too much anymore – but loved this skirt.
    As for the sizing – she is a RTW size 4 so I am thinking I will need to cut down the pattern size 4??

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