“Sewing Green” Skirt

Fabric: 3-ish yards of satin backed, cotton blend fabric
Pattern: BurdaStyle’s Linda Skirt
Year: 2009
Notions: 1 regular zipper and horsehair braid for the hem
Time to Complete: 3-4 hrs
First Worn:
March 2012
Wear Again:
You bet!  Perfect skirt for both work and play.
Total Price: $1.29, I had to but a coordinating zipper but everything else was from my stash

Come St. Patty’s Day, I always wish I were Irish so I could celebrate properly.  But I’m not, so I don’t.  I could probably pass for being Irish, but actually I would feel guilty if I did.  I don’t want to become one of the masses that claim to be Irish just so they can celebrate with the rest, in order to get sloshed.  I’d rather just leave it to the South-Siders (of Chicago) to celebrate for me.  I’m happy enough watching them have fun as I slurp on my delicious Shamrock Shake.

So instead of wearing green for St. Patty’s Day I’m celebrating by “being green”.  Everything about my newest creation I found by rifling through my stash with the exception of my zipper.  I’m using the only green fabric I found in my closet, a non-coordinating shade of green thread since that’s what I had on hand, along with some horsehair braid to floof-up the hem.

I’m also sure you can all agree with me that Sewing Weekly is just plain awesome and the challenges are so much fun.  But it can be a definite strain on the pocketbook if you’re going to the fabric store each week for fabric or buying new patterns all the time.  This is one of the reasons why I’ve taken to stash-busting.  I love shopping for new, delicious fabrics but I find I already have so many lovely ones sitting in my fabric closet that it becomes a matter of conscience to use those first before going shopping.

Months ago, I attempted to lay out the Linda circle skirt pattern on this green plaid fabric months ago and not knowing any better I found I didn’t buy enough yardage to properly match the plaids.  So it’s been shuffled to the back of my closet ever since.  Determined to sew green for this week’s challenge, I resolved to pull out this green plaid satin backed fabric to try and give it another go.

I don’t know how I managed it this time versus several months ago, but I found that being sneaky about my cutting layout paid off.  I have a fun, green plaid skirt for the fall and winter months.  I’m only a few months late since it’s now turning to spring.  But just in time for the green challenge.

This skirt was my first time matching plaids.  You can just about make out the center front seam line.  Up close it’s not 100% perfect, it’s about 97% perfect.  But for a first timer, I don’t think it’s too shabby.  I now join the ranks of other fellow sewists (Lauren, Sunni, and many many more I expect) who revel in their thick plaid circle skirts and couldn’t be happier with the result, especially since I was able to shop my own closet.

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zilredloh

By day Liz Holder works as a research analyst where she plays with data and charts, but by night she becomes a create-a-holic. She loves creating and learning new things which is why her favorite craft is sewing, which she’s been doing in full force after taking her first sewing class a year and a half ago. There is an endless array of skills, tricks, and techniques for her to research on any given project and at the end she's ecstatic o have created a unique garment that she can then celebrate by sharing it with the blogosphere after which she wears it to work where she crunches more numbers and starts the cycle all over again.

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  1. Adorable! You did a fantastic job matching the plaid! Bonus points for wearing green AND bring green :-)

  2. You did a great job matching the plaids. Very cute!

  3. I love it! Green is fabulous, tartan is fabulous, circle skirts are fabulous, thus your skirt is Uber-fabulous!

    And I like seeing another person who is doing all their challenges from their stash. I can’t imagine how much money and work it would be to find fabric and a pattern every time!

    • Thanks Ms. Dreamstress! So far I think I only went shopping 1 time for a challenge. I hope I can keep it up for the remainder of the year, stash busting that is.

  4. Wow! I think your skirt is perfect! If you hadn’t told me about the seam, I wouldn’t have noticed. I really had to strain to see any seam at all! I admire you for thinking green. I also try to use from my stash as much as I can.

  5. That looks great, I have some similar plaid fabric in my stash in a gross shade of camel. I think some green dye could redeem it! Great job – have yet to try horsehair braid too.

  6. Love the skirt with the horse hair braid, it just gives a great twirly feell. I’m scared of plaids so bravo on the matching.

  7. Love love this skirt. I always think heavy fabrics look great in circle skirts. Yay for stashbusting. I’m trying very hard this year to use only from the stash!

  8. So cute! I’m in awe of everyone who can make a circle skirt.

  9. Well done on the matching! You given me that much needed push to try matching something…I’ve been so scared! :)

    • I was too! I’ve matched stripes on a blouse before, and that seemed easier than the plaid pattern on my skirt. Perhaps you could start with something inconspicuous like side seams if you’re nervous.

  10. So pretty! And better late then never, I say. Way to make green really green.

  11. Your matching is spot on!! It looks so perfect for this weather we are having, and I love how you’ve styled it here. Bravo on getting such a lovely skirt out of limited fabric!

  12. I like this a lot. And, I admire your plaid-matching bravery…I’m still shy about it, but like you, I think I’ll start with a circle skirt. Your center front seam is seamless!

  13. Such a classic look – beautiful matching on the plaid.