Hot! The “Pineapples and Palmtrees” Skirt

The Facts
Fabric: Cotton Pineapple Print – approx. $15/metre
Pattern: Simplicity 9926
Year: 1990
Notions: Zip and cotton bias binding for all the seams
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: For the photos
Wear again? Yes on hot days, maybe out of the house
Total Cost: About $20

I have been making this skirt since the early 90’s. I think this is the sixth time I have made it

I have made it in chiffon, denim and cottons. It’s great – I think the A-line shape is not bad on a pear-shaped figure. It’s comfortable to wear and easy to sew.

I have made it so often I have even traced it on to patternmaking kraft paper (heavy, card weight paper) – this is much easier to handle than tissue patterns for things you make repeatedly. This is how they do it in the industry.

Although, you think I would have learned that the side zip really ruins the way the side seam sits. I am so lazy I can’t even be bothered to do any seams that are unnecessary – such as the centre back seam – but seeing it in the photos – I am determined to note this for next time on my pattern.

I love the pineapple print – but I think it would look much better as a big gathered skirt – but I didn’t feel like spending quite a lot on buying fabric for yet another skirt.

I couldn’t be bothered changing the threads from the permanent black, so I used bias binding for all the seams – it didn’t take long. I love using bias binding.

Another lesson learned – the straight pattern looks weird on the A-line shape and appears as if it is disappearing into the side seam. Is this what it means when the pattern says “Unsuitable for obvious diagonals”??!! Lightbulb moment!

Oh well – some valuable lessons there and it will be fine for the school run on a stinking hot day and perfect for around the house.



Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. You’ve been using this pattern so long and yet there is still so much to learn. I like the skirt and think you will look like a very pretty lady on your school runs.

    • Gina, I know! I think the realisation has come about with greater experience! I guess that means I am growing and learning – yay! Taking that as a positive! Thanks so much for the lovely comment!

  2. Great skirt! I’ve actually looked at that fabric a number of times (I have a pineapple obsession) but decided I don’t actually need it. Sigh. It looks beautiful as you have made it up.

    The pattern doesn’t look like an obvious diagonal – the pineapples run in straight lines. I guess the pattern is just not suitable for really large prints as well.

    • Ha Ha! I too am obsessed by all things Tropical and of the Islands – they remind me of NZ funnily enough!! Well done – you have a lot of self-control in not buying it. It would look like a rag after a couple hours wearing it on a hot day I think!

      Yes, you are right that the pineapples run in straight lines horozontally but the pattern is running straight down with the pineapples arranged diagonally too – if that makes sense. Whatever, it helped to illustrate that technical instruction which I had not really ever grasped before. So much to learn isnt’ there?

  3. That’s really nice fabric, such a great bold graphic print. I wonder if I can finsd it stateside? Wo makes it? It looks like a lot of fun to wear.

    • Thanks Krista, it was no-one special. In fact I don’t think there was any info. on the selvidge that I could share with you. I bought here at Spotlight (one of our major fabric retailers in Australia). I think they source rather a lot of fabric out of Japan and China. That’s about all I could tell you! Sorry ;)

  4. Trish, I really like your pineapple skirt.. super cute.. Wonderful pattern.

  5. Love a good go-to pattern. Deliciously delightful Trish.

  6. Great fabric and I think it looks awesome! If the pineapples run evenly horizontally, how they meet up at the sides is not so bad. Great go to pattern.