Hot! The Secret Garden Skirt

Shirt: little hearts on black background, my mom’s
Skirt: homemade
Shoes: Born sandals
Accessories: faux bakelites
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Closeup on bracelets.

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The Facts

Fabric: Teal seersucker with large roses and small roses, $5/yd, 2 yards

Pattern: Self-drafted (come on, it’s two rectangles!)
Year: 1950s inspired
Notions: one invisible zipper, teal, $1
Time to complete: 2 weekday evenings
First worn: I’ve worn this four times now
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: $11

This project is inspired by the children’s novel The Secret Garden. I read this book a long time ago, and I always loved the elements in it: romantic English garden, suspense, childhood exploring.

The fabric for this was originally intended to be the dress part of a Macaron. I bought this fabric during my lunch break at the garment district, so I was in a hurry to get back to work, however when I returned home I realized that the roses fall in a grid pattern: large red roses vertically, small pink roses horizontally. I draped it over my dressform to notice that the roses would look … very odd … when placed over the bodice area. I wadded up the fabric and threw it in the closet in disgust, then realized that it would make a good enough gathered skirt.

I’m trying to sew or wear all black, all the time, so this teal skirt was bit of an experiment for me. I didn’t think I’d like it so much. It’s easily the 50s equivalent of sweatpants, since it is that comfortable. The hips are free and it only fits at the waist. I must have measured wrong since the waist is a tad big. I’ve already worn this to work twice and to a picnic in Prospect Park once.

I also feel like a princess when I sit down, and I notice people on the subway scoot over if they think they’re about to sit on my very voluminous skirt.

All in all, a success! I’m not afraid of color anymore. It doesn’t mean I’m losing my edge or dressing like everyone else. It’s all about the styling. More color, more flowers, bring it on.

More projects and information can be found on my blog.



Janice has been sewing her own clothes for the past few years and enjoys sewing from vintage patterns, especially the 40s, 50s and 60s.


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  1. Love the subway comment. :) Big skirts seem to attract my son and he crawls and scoots all over them.

  2. That teal is so pretty, and love the combination with the black and white heart shirt. Embrace the colours, they are your friends :)

  3. It looks lovely :0 Suits you well. P.S. I love your hair, Janice! Gorgeous!

  4. That fabric is so gorgeous! It’s always a bonus when something that looks this good is also comfortable.

  5. >I’m not afraid of color anymore. It doesn’t mean I’m losing my edge or dressing like everyone else. It’s all about the styling. More color, more flowers, bring it on<

    DITO! You Go girl.Just love you in colour, and your photos are smashing and your hair is gorg and those bracelets…I could go on and on and on.

  6. You look great in color, hope you wear it a lot!

  7. Great skirt! Love that you are experimenting with more color. These particular colors look great on you!

  8. This is wonderful. I want it. Love your bracelets and just well, everything :)

  9. Love the floral and polka dot prints together! Not many gals could pull that off.