DIY Patchwork Skirt

Who doesn’t love a patchwork skirt? I’m so excited about the way that my little skirt turned out I could burst! I used the Night Circus Skirt pattern from our new book (Just For You: Selfish Sewing From Your Favorite SewCanShe bloggers… only $14.99 for the eBook that includes patterns) and jelly-roll sized strips of the new Turkish Delight by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics.

The Night Circus Skirt pattern is a basic 6-gored skirt (that means it has 6 pieces kind of shaped like pie slices). You can use this technique with the pattern in our book or with any 4, 6, or 8 gored skirt pattern for woven fabrics. I love how it creates a kaleidoscope effect.

As you can see, the Night Circus Skirt is designed to fall 2 inches below your natural waist. I love how comfortable and flattering that is.

To make one skirt, I calculated that I would need 48” of ‘made fabric’ so I cut 24 WOF strips that were 2 1/2” tall. That’s the same size as jelly roll strips if you want to use one.

Serge or sew your strips together with a 1/4” seam allowance. If you sew them with a regular sewing machine, you’ll want to finish the seams with a zig-zag or overcast stitch.

Check out this beautiful piece of ‘made fabric!’

Press well, pressing all of the seams in the same direction.

Cut the required number of gores from your pattern piece. I intentionally varied the placement of my pattern piece on the fabric, so the seams would not line up. 

Sew them together. Add a waistband, zipper and hem as directed in the pattern, and you’re done!

Tip: topstitching every seam made my skirt look a lot more professional and less DIY-ish. It looks like it came from a boutique and I love it!









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  1. Those fabrics you used are gorgeous! Assuming it’s you, it’s so cute on you!!

  2. Rebekah Gruel says:

    Wow, I love it:) It really does look boutiquish:)

  3. Lee Ann L. says:

    That is cute! I wonder how hard it would be to make the skirt longer (like a maxi)?

  4. Debra Verrall says:

    Love it – will definitely be making one of these!

  5. curlygirlmom says:

    Super-duper cute!! I have a question about the pattern… Is it one that can be adjusted for plus-size? I’d love to make one for myself, but most patterns I like aren’t plus-size friendly.

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