A Designer Cotton Print Skirt

After my last Mood project, my niece’s prom dress, I decreed that my next project would be something easy using one of the designer cottons that I’d seen in the NYC store.  It’s one of the nice things about the Mood Fabrics NYC store, the aisles are long and filled to the brim with possibilities.  However, this cotton print by Theory was in a bin right near the front of the aisle…

 

Theory cotton print skirt

…and even though I walked the entire length of the aisle and touched several awesome pieces, I kept coming back to the Theory print.  Now don’t get me wrong,  Mood doesn’t just have wonderful designer cottons in the NYC store, there also some pretty ones online too. Some that would work just as well as the one I chose for my first skirt of the summer.

See I wasn’t originally going to make a skirt.  I was going to go with my fave garment, a dress, but the weather here on the East Coast has been horribly hot…and the other day I wore a print cotton pique skirt, a tank top and a little cardigan to work and it was perfect.  Perfect for the manufactured cold of the bus and my office, yet when I removed the cardigan it was perfect to walk the streets of NYC and to ride the subway.  So even though I originally imagined this as a dress…on the cutting table it became a skirt.

 

Theory cotton print skirt

Now here’s the sad thing about me sewing for years and years. I have pattern favorites or tried ‘n true (TNT) patterns that I like to use.  I mean they work for me.  I’ve probably made dozens of them over the years and honestly I see no reason in switching up now.

 

Theory cotton print skirt

So here is the original pattern that I altered to get my current skirt pattern – McCalls 2795 with a copyright date of 2000.  Not as old as some in my collection, but a great workaholic pattern, just the same.

 

Theory cotton print skirt

As you can see, I’ve paired the skirt with a solid color RTW tank top and a lime green RTW cardigan.  I think this color combination screams summer yet it works in my conservative work environment that lightens up just a little for summer.

 

Theory cotton print skirt

Construction was easy because it has an elastic waistband…good for us waistline-challenged women!

 

Theory cotton print skirt

I added a lining and I machine stitched the hem.

 

Theory cotton print skirt

It really is the fabric that makes this skirt sing.

 

Theory cotton print skirt

It is a great addition to my wardrobe.  I love the colors, florals are really big this summer, and it will be wonderfully easy to wear, especially in this hot, humid and steamy weather we’re experiencing now on the East Coast!

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Comments


  • Rachel
    June 28, 2013

    Sometimes you just need to sew up a skirt! I do that sometimes when I’m in need of a instant gratification project that I know will come out looking good, or if you have a great print like this one that you want to highlight without any fussy seams breaking it up. Plus, I LOVE the cute skirt, tank and cardi combo myself. That skirt is great! Just the right length and amount of swing. A perfect summer project.

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks Rachel! I love the way the cotton drapes too and you’re right sometimes you just need to make a skirt!

  • Amanda S.
    June 28, 2013

    OOh, I love this! The fabric is TDF, I can see why you kept coming back to it!

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks Amanda, it is a really special piece of fabric isn’t it!

  • anne jewell
    June 28, 2013

    wow what a print! i LUV this!

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks Anne! It is a great print and I love how on trend it is!

  • liza jane
    June 28, 2013

    Very pretty fabric. I love the lime green.

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      Liza Jane – I really think it was the splashes of lime green that attracted me to the fabric…it just screams summer!

  • BeaJay
    June 28, 2013

    Lovely – that pop of lime really brings it to life.

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks BeaJay! It is a really pretty piece of fabric that made a great skirt!

  • Pam
    June 28, 2013

    I absolutely love the materials and the pattern. It reminds me of a skirt a college roommate’s mom made for her and I always coveted! Fantastic job!

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks Pam! I love when garments bring back memories!

  • Lori
    June 28, 2013

    Carolyn, this skirt is gorgeous, such a pretty fabric with nice color combination. Your cardigan really makes the lime in the fabric pop.

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks Lori – the cardigan flashed through my mind when I touched the fabric. I knew it would work with the fabric and I was so thrilled when it did!

  • LLBB
    June 29, 2013

    I can’t believe you have a RTW cardigan in the perfect color — what luck and how nice!!
    I hear ya on the cotton: I feel like I am just stretching into the ‘intermediate’ sewing zone — so while I feel pretty confident with stable fabrics things take a very different turn with different fibers. So it must be almost mindless to you!
    Also, what a win with the elastic waist — comfort without looking like elastic at all!

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      LLBB – if you knew how many cardigans I owned (made by me and purchased) you wouldn’t be amazed! *LOL* And the one thing you learn after you’ve been sewing awhile is that there is always something new to learn. With that said, fabric does still have the ability to surprise me…not as much as when I first started out but I still get challenged by it.

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 29, 2013

    Carolyn, I’m so happy to see you back in action! Love your skirt – great fabric choice!

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks Sarah! But I’m still trying to put the sewing cave back in order and have absolutely no desire to sew…*sigh*

  • Erica B.
    June 29, 2013

    That’s a great skirt! The fabric is gorgeous!

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks Erica!

  • Peter
    June 29, 2013

    Beautiful print, Carolyn. The skirt is lovely!

    • Carolyn
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks Peter!

  • Melinda G
    June 30, 2013

    As usual, Carolyn, you look great in that skirt and the whole outfit. I recently read a post of yours on the difficulty of finding cute, appropriate patterns in your size. Being a challenging size myself, I have learned how to draft patterns but it is not something I like to do. Have you tried the custom patterns offered by lekala.co? She is featured in Craftsy as Your Size Sewing Patterns. I am holding off until a blogger that I trust checks it out.

    • Carolyn
      July 1, 2013

      Melinda – honestly that is a constant drumbeat of mine – more fashionable plus size patterns. If you follow me, I’ve resorted to using TNT patterns to achieve the designer or trendy looks I want. I’ve only signed up for one Craftsy course but I think you should go ahead and invest in it because sewists are having amazing experiences with these classes!

  • Lauren
    July 1, 2013

    That is SUCH a pretty fabric! Works great as a skirt – I love it with the lime green cardigan :D

    • Carolyn
      July 1, 2013

      Thanks Lauren – it is a pretty fabric isn’t it?! It makes me happy!

  • ThisisCarrie
    July 1, 2013

    Never would have guessed that skirt has an elastic waist! It looks great on you. Perfect summer skirt!

    • Carolyn
      July 1, 2013

      Thanks Carrie because that’s the best compliment you can ever receive about an elastic waist skirt – that it doesn’t look like one!