These pictures so do not do this skirt justice. Just wait till spring...
We really challenged ourselves with this skirt. The pattern we picked out involved a circle skirt with an invisible zipper, a lining, and a tulle ruffle--none of which I'd ever tried before.
Anna picked out the cherry fabric, which turned out to be on final clearance and only cost $3 a yard. Bonus!
This was definitely the most difficult sewing project I've ever undertaken. This full skirt + lining + ruffle used way more fabric than I'd ever used in a single project, not even when I've sewn a dress in the past. We ran into a few snags, and had some adventures with ripping out stitches and re-cutting fabric. Did I mention that I don't actually own an invisible zipper foot and didn't realize that they existed? More than once, we just had to stop sewing and try to figure out how it was all going to come together--but we ended up creating the skirt you see today!
I love this style and the features this skirt has. You can't see it in the photos, but it has a purple tulle petticoat, that's where the fullness comes from, and I love the bow tie in the back. Anna and I are thinking that perhaps we ought to make a few more versions in other color schemes... Imagine pink and white! Or mint and cream!
With the leftover cherry fabric (I bought the recommended amount, but we ended up with plenty extra), we made Anna a simpler skirt with an elastic waistband (we were not in the mood for excessively complicated sewing adventures at that point!), two fabric wristbands, and a little envelope clutch. Cherries, cherries, everywhere!!
When's the last time you attempted a craft that you didn't exactly know how to do?