Owl skirt

I have long been planning to make a skirt for my sister, so I finally got my act together and made her one for a Christmas gift. I used Simplicity 4137, an It’s So Easy pattern that was among the first I ever bought. It’s a very simple pattern for a pull-on, yoked, A-line skirt in two lengths. I’d made this skirt twice before, in the long and short versions. Here is the long version, which was the first sewing project I ever completed back in 2006. I still wear this skirt; even though it is longer than I like my skirts to be, I have never bothered to shorten it.


I used the short version for my sister’s skirt. Since she loves owls, I chose an owl print quilting cotton. I thought it was cute but not too twee, especially with the rather subdued colors. The pattern includes a drawstring, but I personally don’t like drawstrings on my clothing–they are fiddly and can make outer layers look odd–so I used elastic instead, as I did when I made this skirt for myself.


I used French seams to give it a nicer, more finished look, and I decided that it needed a lining, both to make it nicer and to make it more practical for winter wear over tights. This was my first time lining a skirt, and I really wanted to do a good job. I cut the skirt pieces from ivory satin (I have several yards of ivory satin that I got at a garage sale a few years ago), thinking it would give the skirt a nice shape. Since I wanted to avoid extra bulk at the waist, I used a thin, cream-colored lining fabric for the yoke pieces. I assembled the lining and attached it at the waist so that the fabric and lining together made the casing for the elastic.


The inside actually looked pretty decent, though it needed ironing. The addition of the lining prevented the bias-cut yoke from stretching, so I hope it will fit her.


Due to schedule conflicts this year, I couldn’t give it to her in person, so I’ll have to wait to see whether it worked out.


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