Hot! The Twister Skirt

Let’s Play Twister!

The Spotty Facts:









Fabric: Polka Dot Upholstery Fabric from Beverlys and Black Stretch Knit from Stash
Pattern: Butterick 4873 for top and Straight Skirt from Lekala Online Pattern Co
Year: circa 1990 for top and timeless straight skirt
Notions: thrifted zipper, thread
Time to complete: Here and there after work and Saturday morning.
First worn: Outside my house on Saturday!
Wear again? If I’m brave enough. It’s kind of an eye-catcher or an eye-sore.
Total price: Skirt Fabric was $4.00 dollars a yard.


                                     Challenge: Polka Dots!

For this challenge, I wanted to use a polka dot fabric that had a little bit of a “Kazz” element. Something unique and definitely not purchasable in a store. I searched for inspiration and found this fabric, but the washing instructions were too risky and the price was too high. Then, on a trip to the closest Beverly’s, I spotted the same design on their clearance table. On Friday, everything on the clearance table was half off, so I scooped it up. I must confess that I also grabbed several other pieces of fabric for future projects. I should be set for any challenge for the rest of the year.

Yes, I come from tree-hugging country.

First Lekala Straight Skirt

The pattern for the skirt is a fantastic find! I know it’s just a simple straight skirt and there are hundreds out there to choose from, but this is different. I happened to come across Lekala.Co in my twitter suggestions and found this European Company. I believe they are from Russia. They offer online patterns, made to fit your measurements. That’s right! You put in your measurements when you order the pattern, and they send you a pdf for a pattern made exactly for you. The price is very reasonable too, and some patterns are offered for free. I believe they are just getting up and running in the US, and need support. They have a Facebook page, twitter, and blog. When I emailed them, they responded right away. I found Natalia Lekala very friendly and helpful. I think her patterns with personal measurements are a great idea, especially for all of us that are between sizes. Next time I measure for a pattern, I will add a a bit of ease to the measurements, as I found the first skirt I made to be a little snug. I also made the little black square-neck top, so that I would have something suitable to go with the skirt.

Remember the game “Twister”? I named my post after it because of the colorful pattern of dots on the fabric. I had to change the color scheme of the spinner to match my skirt. Doing some photoshop magic is always fun. I leave you this week with a traditional jump shot. When you can’t think of anything else to do in a photo-shoot, try the jump shot! Happy Sewing this week.

Jump Shot (a family tradition)




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. You look great in this skirt, you pull it off very well. I hope you do wear it again. I will have to look into those patterns.

  2. I, too, have to check out these patterns. Meanwhile, what a fab skirt and nifty little bit of photoshopping there : )

  3. A simple pattern transformed by a cool print…

  4. just gorgeous, be brave and wear it, you look fun x

  5. Ohhh! I really like this. I think you look smashing in this. It’s very youthful in a vibrant way not in a “What is she wearing?” way. Great skirt! I’m going to have to check this site out.

  6. Cute! Definitely wear it – it’s not too crazy at all!

  7. That fabric looks great as a skirt. I think it would be too much as a lounge cover though!

  8. She’s totally unique Barbara, Love it!, and don’t you just love a bargain? Well done! and thank you for the link on the pattern site I like the sound of a ‘made to fit’ pattern. Have a great week.

  9. Oh my goah, thank you for that link! I LOVE that idea. This skirt really stands out in a good way.

  10. Love this skirt! And thank you for the link to the pattern company, I’m definitely going to have a look.

  11. This is amazing! I love the pattern and it looks fantastic with the plain top. Thank you so much for the link to the pattern company :D

  12. Definitely not an eye sore. This is an awesome skirt!

  13. Thank you all for such kind compliments! Enjoy playing around with