A Summer Skirt

Last week I decided to make an everyday skirt for summer. I chose a pattern which I think I must have got from a facebook destash site as it’s a Vogue pattern made in partnership with Love Sewing, a sewing magasine I don’t remember ever buying! It’s a Very Easy Vogue pattern V9090, i have to say that the picture on the front isn’t overly inspiring, but it’s actually a lovely pattern.

The pattern is a pleated skirt with a fitted dropped waistline…and it’s got lovely deep pockets in the side seams. It comes in three lengths from above knee to above ankle, of course I made the long version.

The fabric is some cotton I bought on one of my London trips a few years ago, this was from a shop south of the river, I can’t remember it’s name. I’d realised that I actually have very few plain fabrics in my stash, I seem to go oooh a lot more for colourful prints, but they really need a plain to set them off. This is a lilac cotton, a little firmer than I usually buy, I think I was thinking of cropped trousers when I bought it. Anyway I decided it would be perfect for this skirt.

Please excuse the somewhat creased look, I’d already walked down to the market and sat on a bus to come home when this was taken!

True to it’s title, it was a very easy skirt to make, especially when you remove the centre front seam! The fabric was pretty perfect for it as it holds the soft pleats nicely. I probably could have made it in an afternoon if I had a zip to match. Despite having a drawer full of zips, I had a dark purple and a light purple, but not the mid-purple I needed! I did a quick trip to John Lewis’s after work one day so I could get it finished. As usual I hand-stitched the zip in, I just find this much easier to get a neat finish and it doesn’t take much longer than machine sewing a zip in.

I used a leftover piece of batik for the pockets and the inside of the waistband. It’s pretty and a bit softer to the touch than the purple cotton.

I wore my new skirt for the first time today and I love it, it’s very comfortable and easy to wear, I can see myself making a few of these, even in heavier weight fabric for winter.

…and it’s got pockets!!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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10 Responses to A Summer Skirt

  1. Alphe says:

    Ah it looks great, nice job 👏 Love the colour too 🙂 I’d love to learn to sew but at the moment I don’t think I have space for a sewing machine in my small rented flat 😅

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thank you, it’s a very pretty colour. Sewing doesn’t have to take up a lot of room so long as you don’t mid tidying it away after each sewing session – I used to sew ball gowns in my nurses home room – trust me, it was small 🙂

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  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely skirt, Margaret! Am sure you’ll soon have a few more in your wardrobe. 😉

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  3. claire93 says:

    lovely! this is going to be a firm favourite in your summer wardrobe, and what pretty pockets!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jane M says:

    Very summery, looks lovely.

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  5. katechiconi says:

    Pockets are essential! Pretty skirt, even prettier fabric colour, one of my all-time favourites. I like the idea of using batik inside the pockets for a ‘secret detail’.

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  6. That looks so comfortable and fits so well – and the essential pockets – great pattern.

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  7. tialys says:

    This looks great Margaret. I must say, I never used to think about pockets in skirts, dresses and even trousers but now I’m at a loss if I can’t put my hands in my side seams which may or may not be a good thing as far as appearances go.

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  8. tinaor says:

    Looks a great skirt – and what girl doesn’t love a pocket or two?!


  9. kathyreeves says:

    That is a great pattern, and your fabric choice is perfection with it!


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