Floral Mesh Statement Skirt

I have made another statement skirt using my TNT straight skirt pattern, McCall’s 3830. The fabric is a polyester ribbon mesh from Mood. The name they used to describe the color is Weimaraner, a very appropriate name for this slightly brownish gray (which you can see in some of the closeups. The sun was setting when we took these pictures, casting a warm glow on everything.)

Ribbon Mesh Skirt

I really love the textural interest of the mesh ribbon roses and that the fabric is thin enough not to add a lot of bulk. After trying all sorts of colors for my underlining, I settled on white. It lets the skirt remain neutral and the roses to really pop. Plus I can pair it with all sorts of colorful tops.

Ribbon Mesh Skirt

You may recall that I attempted a similar skirt back in August, but was unhappy with the way the sides did not match up perfectly. This time around I paid special attention to matching up the roses along the sides and back seams.

Ribbon Mesh Skirt

For the waistband, I used the mesh along the selvage that had no roses sewn to it. It was underlined in the same white Ambiance and then interfaced.

Ribbon Mesh Skirt

Here you can better see the color and the roses along the side seams:

Ribbon Mesh Skirt

I happened to have a taupe colored invisible zipper in my stash that was just a bit browner then the fabric. Since only the tab shows, I think it blends in pretty well.

Ribbon Mesh Skirt

I used white ambiance for the lining as well:

Ribbon Mesh Skirt

I added a floral hem tape to make a neat finish along the inside, then slip-stitched the hem in place. You can also see the white underlining here, which is what the hem was stitched to. The line of white stitching along the bottom edge keeps the mesh and underlining together where it is turned up.

Ribbon Mesh Skirt

Since this is my TNT skirt pattern, I had no fitting issues and no reason to make a muslin. It was a relatively easy project once I got past the cutting out.

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Comments


  • anne jewell
    December 28, 2012

    very creative!

    • Amanda S.
      December 28, 2012

      Thanks Anne! I actually saw a similar skirt online, so the idea is not original.

  • Hannah
    December 28, 2012

    I have been following your blog for sometime in hopes that looking at your inspiring pieces will inspire me to sew and I have to say the matching on this skirt is amazing!

  • Erica B
    December 28, 2012

    This skirt is gorgeous! Your seams are perfection!

  • Carolyn
    December 28, 2012

    Amanda, I’m so glad that you found a fabric to make this skirt work for you! It’s lovely!

    • Amanda S.
      December 28, 2012

      Thank you, Caroline. I have definitely learned my lesson and always order swatches these days.

  • Cidell
    December 28, 2012

    Ok. I thought you were bananas before for even trying to match. But, this looks AWESOME. And, you have the right figure to carry it off. Good on you!

    • Amanda S.
      December 28, 2012

      Ha ha, I don’t think you were the only one to think I was nuts. ;)

      • oonaballoona
        January 13, 2013

        yep, you thought right, i did too! but now i see you were crazy… like a fox. this is amazing.

  • Anthony Bullock
    December 28, 2012

    What amazing seam perfection! Wow! You are a trooper! It is a great look on you and so befitting! :-)

    • Amanda S.
      December 28, 2012

      Thank you, Anthony!

  • Mimi
    December 28, 2012

    Beautiful work! That is a great skirt!

  • Kelly
    December 28, 2012

    What does TNT mean?

    • Amanda S.
      December 28, 2012

      TNT means “tried and true”, as in a pattern that fits you perfectly that you make over and over again.

  • Hellenne Vermillion
    December 28, 2012

    Absolutely stunning! Wish I had a figure like you, too!

    • Amanda S.
      December 28, 2012

      Thanks Hellenne!

  • diane strutz
    December 28, 2012

    Stunning! Beautiful work and you wear it very well. Inspiring.

    • Amanda S.
      December 28, 2012

      Thanks you Diane!

  • Nancy K
    December 28, 2012

    It’s gorgeous. Your workmanship is impeccable.

    • Amanda S.
      December 28, 2012

      Thank you Nancy!

  • Teri Stich
    December 28, 2012

    Wow I love the roses and have to agree with all, You matched the seams perfectly! Great Job!!

  • Carrie
    December 28, 2012

    Beautiful!

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 28, 2012

    What a beautiful skirt, Amanda! It will be perfect for celebrating New Year’s Eve. Thanks for the detailed post too :)

    • Amanda S.
      December 28, 2012

      Thank you Sarah!

  • Ginger
    December 29, 2012

    Wow! This is gorgeous! I have no idea how you got the seams matched up so perfectly– amazing job!

    • Amanda S.
      December 30, 2012

      Thanks Ginger. It really wasn’t that hard… Not that I took any pictures of the process. If I ever do something like this again I will definitely document it and do a tutorial.

  • Cathe
    January 1, 2013

    This is a gorgeous skirt, just lovely. Thank you for showing the details, very insightful!

  • Amy
    January 1, 2013

    Gorgeous! Your work is always impeccable. Did you need to use an excess of fabric in order to match all of your pieces at the seams?

    • Amanda S.
      January 2, 2013

      Thanks! I just ordered a yard of the fabric. It is wide, and I cut on the cross-grain, so I could have used both selvages if needed. But Mood was generous and sent me a little over a yard, so I was able to squeeze it on just one side. I could actually make a whole other skirt from the other selvage!

  • Lauren
    January 2, 2013

    Its beautiful! I can’t believe how perfectly you matched those side and back seams. So profesh :)

  • Amanda S.
    January 2, 2013

    Thank you Lauren!

  • Diana Deap
    January 3, 2013

    Holy Cow this is gorgeous! What an incredible job you did on matching the roses! Oh but you make me miss the girlish figure I use to have ,Lol!