Hot! A Meringue Does an Irish Jig!


Colette Meringue Skirt

The Facts:
Fabric: Vintage loosely woven cotton blend
Pattern:  Colette Meringue from Collette Handbook and Newlook 6808
Year: 2011
Notions:  thread, zipper
Time to complete: 5-6 hours
First worn: March 11, 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total cost: 4-5 hours

I’m still very excited to see how these patterns from the Colette Sewing Handbook make up and how they fit. This time I made the size 10 Meringue Skirt and it was spot on! I like when you don’t have to make too many adjustments to a pattern. I found this beautiful vintage fabric from our nearby friendly Senior Center Thrift Store. I paid a few dollars for it and stashed it away. When the challenge was changed to include the theme of Saint Patrick’s Day- Green, I immediately pulled this one out and set to work. I decided that because it was such a loose weave fabric that I would include a lining. This I made exactly like the skirt but shorter than the scallops. Following Colette’s directions made it very easy to put together. Of course I used my serger in tandem with my Phaff, so that the fabric would hold together and not unravel while sewing or after washing and wearing.

I had one of those adorable daughters handy to help me with the photo-shoot. She had me do a little Irish Jig out on the front lawn. Imagine the music while you study these pics.

I paired this charming holiday skirt with the NewLook 6808 that I made for the Pin Up challenge last year.

After Dancing the Jig, and Kissing the Blarney Stone!



Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. I love this skirt! It’s just perfect for spring with its delicate scallops and cheerful print! Very cute photos too. Great job :-)

  2. Your creations are so cute. I always want to make the patterns you make . Very cute!

  3. Very cute! I love that fabric! And it goes perfectly with the blouse.

  4. That fabric is awesome! Well done on such a great skirt.

  5. What a cute print, adorable scalloped hem too!

  6. The skirt is fantastic, and I love your pictures!

  7. Ok, the scallop edging on the skirt is awesome and it looks beautiful on. I thinking need to buy the book!

  8. Great skirt and great outfit!!! I seem to find styling separates more challenging than sewing them. Lovely jig too.

  9. Oh! I love that fabric! Cute skirt!!

  10. you look so adorable.. i one the whole outfit…

  11. That skirt is just darling! I cannot wait to make one as well. Love your dancing pictures too! :)

  12. Your photo shoots are just too much fun! I love the skirt – the print is perfect for the holiday, and it’s great for spring days in general! A lovely ensemble with the cardigan :)

  13. not sure which i love more, the super-fun and kitschy skirt or that lovely top that reminds me so much of a mail order pattern i’ve been fighting with for two years!! and most of all, you look like you are having fun :-)

  14. That floral print is sooo lovely. I can’t believe it was thrifted. I’ve never seen fabric at a thrift shop, but you guys are finding it all the time. Clearly, I need to find better thrift shops. Your Meringue is magical and now I must make one too.

  15. cute skirt, cute jig