A Knit Tulip Skirt with a Tutorial

With an abbreviated summer season in the land of the midnight sun, I also have an abbreviated summer wardrobe.  Contributing to the already limited supply of summer attire, I have been pregnant for half of the last ten summers.  I mostly have had knit maxi skirts because those my friends, are kind to an ever expanding and shrinking body (it’s nice to be on the shrinking end again).

Coming up on summer this year, I realized my staple black knit maxi skirt I got from Target many years ago was on its last legs.  It was all pilled up; time to be recycled.  I’ve had two yards of black bamboo knit in my sewing closet for many years, but never had the inspiration.  After browsing Anthropologie and Nordstrom for fashion advise one day (because we are literally in the dark up here in regards to fashion), I came up with a plan and drafted a crude pattern by cutting up my old maxi skirt.

Tulip Skirt

Tulip Skirt

You can watch this quick video to see roughly how I did that here, Making a Tulip Skirt.  I will include written instructions later in this post.

Tulip Skirt

Tulip Skirt

I must say, I am so glad I made a summer skirt because the weather we have been having has been COLD!  (Ha!)  I have worn this once (besides the photo shoot) and I froze.  The tulip skirt made its debut one evening when my husband and I went out on a date (kid and baby free!) and we tried out a new “fine dining” restaurant locally.  It wasn’t, by the way.  But we created memories, because, well we laughed a lot.  So that in itself was worth it.

Tulip Skirt

Tulip Skirt

Hopefully the weather will improve sometime soon.

I am pleased with how the skirt came out.  An updated maxi style with a bit of a flare ruffle.  I love how bamboo knit flows and drapes.  And the little flounce adds a bit of feminine drama without being overkill.  It has a touch of 1940s inspiration with the drape and simple flare.  The contrasting grey thread on the inside was truthfully an overthought, but I like how it turned out.  A bit of contrast that can be dressed up or down.

Tulip Skirt

Tulip Skirt

Also, I want to thank my friend Melissa Ray for following me around the yard and being my photographer and photography director.  I am pretty much the most unphotogenic person alive (just ask my siblings), and she has the artistic eye to know how little things should be tweaked and positioned, and I would set the camera settings as the sun changed (she is used to a different camera) and then fumble the camera back to her.  And we would laugh, and my boys would appropriately photo bomb both accidently and on purpose.  What are friends for?

Tulip Skirt

Tulip Skirt

Tutorial

Materials needed:

  • Old Maxi Skirt
  • Scissors
  • 2+ yards knit fabric
  • serger or machine set on a slight zigzag and a double needle for hem
  • 1″ – 1 1/2″ elastic for waistTulip Skirt
  1. Cut apart an old maxi skirt from front to back to make your pattern.  See the video to draw and cut the basic lines, making sure the back and front side seam matches in length.
  2. Cut out the back and two fronts to overlap like a tulip.
  3. Cut out enough flounce strips to cover all the edges.  Sew flounce to all three pieces.
  4. With the inside out, sew the LEFT side seam together, matching flounce seams at the side.  Sew the right side bottom from the flounce to just before the mid-hip flounce is enclosed.  Leave the RIGHT, mid-hip flounce to the waist open.
  5. Hem the edge of the flounce with a double needle or serger.  Start at the unfinished RIGHT side and do a figure eight, sewing down and back up to the left side.
  6. Finish sewing the right side from the mid-hip flounce to the waist.
  7. Make an encasement for an elastic waistband.  Fit it to your waist.  Sew that around the top.

You’re done!

Tulip Skirt

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheryl

Sources:

  • Bamboo knit – local fabric store, however, fabric.com carries it too
  • Hat and top – Target
  • Sandals – Nordstrom, many years ago
  • Necklace – Anthropologie, many years ago

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