Hot! The “An Apple a Day” Skirt

I knew that I wanted to make a skirt using my Ceil Chapman pattern as soon as I finished the gown.

Originally, I pictured a lightweight wool for the winter months, paired with a couple of petticoats for an extra layer of warmth.  Well, other things came up, I never found the perfect wool, and the seasons changed.

So when this challenge came along, I decided to bend the rules a bit (this is not a true circle skirt – it is actually more than a circle!) and find a novelty print that did not cost too much because the darn thing takes more than 4 yards of fabric.

In fact, take away the bodice, and the most challenging thing about the pattern is finding enough space to layout and cut that super huge piece.

I wanted a bit of contrast with the crazy print, so I added red gingham.  Apples and gingham – now I am ready for a picnic!  A picnic with twirling!


• The Facts

⁃ Fabric:  “Fruit Punch Apples” cotton; Cotton Gingham from Stash

⁃ Pattern:  Spadea 1149

⁃ Year:  1950s

⁃ Notions:  Zipper, Seam Binding, Hook & Eyes, Boning (for waistband)

⁃ Time to complete:

⁃ First worn:  April 20, 2012

⁃ Wear again?  Yes siree!

⁃ Total price:   ~ $25.00


Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.


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  1. Very cool skirt. Love the length and the scallop edge is such a beautiful detail.

  2. The Ceil Chapman dress you made is one for the ages! really fabulous. But fun to see how such elegance can be transformed to more casual wear…one pattern, two lovely but quite different looks.

  3. I love the scallop wrap part and your print! I’ve been thinking a lot this week about circle skirts as an expression of freedom after war rationing ended. They always seem to be very happy garments. Beautiful job as always :D

  4. Lovely skirt and I just love the top with it – exactly the right thing to go with it.

  5. I rarely comment on Sew Weekly but this is just sooooooo cute!

  6. ooh-la-la~ I love the the big scalloped edge! That’s so adorable! Your fabric choice is yummy! You do look like you are ready for a picnic. Congrats on working with so much fabric.

  7. Such a pretty fabric and I love the high waistband and the contrasting gingham.

  8. You have managed to mix a fresh, carefree fabric with an elegant pattern, I am in awe!

  9. This is lovely! Such a different look from your original dress but also delightful. This fabric looks so fun!

  10. I have to say I really love your style! The skirt is so elegant and you wear it so well and also manage to make it look modern. That’s not easy to do-

  11. Amazing skirt, I love the scallops and the gingham lining!

  12. Love the outfit as a whole, really well done! Those scallops are especially neat looking :)

  13. Beautiful! I love the scalloped middle. And the apple and gingham are perfect together!