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Ottobre 1-2011-18 Denim Skirt

The Ottobre adventures continue! It has been fun to have a few issues at hand when planning warm weather wardrobes for my kids. This latest project comes from the spring 2011 issue - a flippy, ruffled skirt.

Ottobre 1/2011 Denim Skirt

The plan was to use the remainder of the striped fabric from these dresses to make the ruffles on the skirt. I made a very valid attempt, but those stripes drove me absolutely batty. First I cut the pieces out without placing them on the fold, so they weren't long enough. Then, I tried to cut out two more, figuring I would just have seams at center front and back. But, I cut them the wrong direction and no matter how I turned those rectangles, I could not get them to work together. Since I wanted them to match all along one tier, but be the opposite of the other tier, it made it more complicated than my brain could handle.

In the end, I bought more fabric and still have a seam at CF of the top tier and CB of the bottom one. They don't really show up in the pictures, but they are there.

Ottobre 1/2011 Denim Skirt

I put buttonhole elastic in the waistband to make it adjustable - mostly to increase the potential of it fitting my (not quite as thin) younger daughter as a hand-me-down. The waistband is wider than the average jeans waistband and the belt loops don't reach the top of it. I like how it looks in the flat pictures above, but I think it looks a little awkward on the body. Perhaps wearing a belt with it would take care of that. I'm not too concerned since my daughter doesn't like to wear it with a tucked-in top.

Ottobre 1/2011 Denim Skirt

The top is Burda 9549, used previously here and here. The fabric is leftover from these cardigans.

Ottobre 1/2011 Denim Skirt

I wasn't so sure about the skirt when it was nearly finished. I burst out laughing when my daughter tried it on. It just seemed a little over the top and proportionally odd. But, she loved it and after doing the rest of the finishing work, I'm more happy with it. Apparently, it's more of a wiggling skirt than a twirling one. She can't seem to stop herself from shaking her little bum back and forth when she puts it on. :)

Ottobre 1/2011 Denim Skirt


  1. I think the skirt and the stripey ruffles look great! I love how the back pockets run over onto the ruffles.

  2. It looks adorable! That one is on my to sew list as well. I love the bias stripes on the ruffles. So fun!

  3. Adorable skirt! I love the colors in the stripes. It's a fun skirt and perfect for warmer weather.

  4. Super cute! Beautiful top-stitching!

  5. I would have adored that skirt as a little girl. The pockets, the stripes, the mix of super girly feel and denim, yep, I think it would spend a lot of time in the laundry pile because it would be my first choice to wear as soon as it was clean.

  6. could you use a pair of jeans that the knees are worn? the relationship of the bottom of the zipper in relation to the bottom of the back pockets probably wouldn't work out so well.


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