Friday, September 25, 2015

Finished Quilted Skirt

It's finally finished! I wrote "Making a Quilted Skirt, Part One" earlier this year and then life and book writing took over. I finally finished the skirt last week, so here I am modeling it. Part two of the tutorial is coming up!

The skirt is made from the rose print sateen from my spring 2015 fabric line. (This color is sold out online, but it's available in yellow and coral on poplin here.) It's sandwiched with red Kona cotton and cotton batting. The quilting gives it incredible shape and body--no petticoat needed!

The pattern I used the the Flared Skirt from my book Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. It's a half circle, though it looks much fuller with the quilting.


There's a high waistband and a back lapped zipper. The waistband is interfaced with non-woven sew-in interfacing and then has rows of channel stitching rather than quilting. I'll be writing more about this.


The quilting adds such a fun texture and overall shape. 

I wore the skirt out fabric shopping in the city yesterday and got so many compliments. Seriously, I felt like a celebrity. (I found some great fabrics for my dirndl, readers! More to come.)

Look out for part two of the tutorial next week!


25 comments:

  1. This skirt is great! You look adorable in it. I'm thinking I need to add a quilted skirt to my fall line up!

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    1. They're totally great for fall--very cozy!

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  2. Love the skirt but can you tell us the brand of the lovely shoes:)

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  3. How would you launder this skirt? I know with quilts when you wash them they kinda shrink and wrinkle?

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    1. It shouldn't shrink because everything is pre-washed. I will probably wash on delicate, then line dry and press.

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  4. How would you launder this skirt? I know with quilts when you wash them they kinda shrink and wrinkle?

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  5. So beautiful on you. Came out just right.

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  6. I have been so looking forwards to seeing your finished skirt! It's lovely and so full! Is it warm? Can't wait to see the second part of the tutorial too.

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    1. It is warm! I was on the train and it was chilly, so I kind of bunched it around my legs. Like a puffy coat for your lower half :)

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  7. Love that skirt!!! Your hair looks really nice too. You look so much different (in a fun way of course...love how you are always changing it up ;)

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    1. Thank you, I'm really enjoying being brunette again!

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  8. Fabulous! I've been looking at clothes with a critical eye and thinking many trends are unsuitable for many people, myself in particular. You are showing me the other side of the coin: we CAN put a fresh and personal spin on what does appeal and make it and wear it. Dirndles and vintage and quilted, oh my!

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  9. I was wondering if you had finished this skirt... It's absolutely lovely! I'm looking forward to the end of the tutorial.
    I know how life can take over sometimes, but I'm so happy to see you making regular posts on the blog again.

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  10. So happy to see you back in action blogging - excited about possibility of a new book! You look so stunning in your quilted skirt. Time I got onto making one I think.

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    1. The new book will be out in the spring--more to come on that front. I'm so happy to be back to regular blogging. :)

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  11. Your skirt looks great on you and I love the vintage style pumps! I bought the roses border print in your fabric collection and made a dress last month. The fabric sewed and pressed so nicely. You just can't beat 100% cotton fabric. I made a peasant style dress and used the wide section of border for the lower part of the dress and the narrow border for the cap sleeves. Please design some more fabrics for JoAnn.

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    1. That sounds fabulous, and I would love to see pictures of your peasant dress! My new fall line just came out at Joann's, I'm working on a post on it now.

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  12. Gorgeous! Looks perfect for autumn - really nice idea :)

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