Country girl......

I am suddenly loving these patchworks skirts.
Yes, I was raised in the country but I have never worn a patchwork skirt so I have no idea where my sudden obsession comes from.

Maybe it has something to do with one of my favorite photos.

It is of Bridget Bardot in a check gingham skirt.
(Not that she could ever be called a country girl!)

Or maybe it is because I have always loved this vintage pinup image.

Whatever the reason my sewing machine will be in use this weekend as I have finally found a reason to use my collection of vintage pastel floral sheets and pillowcases from the 1950s.


This skirt is very simple to construct in an afternoon.
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You will need:

This skirt is approx a size 10 and you will need 48 x 5 inch squares. It could work as small as a size 8 but will be more gathered around the waistband.

1/4 yd fabric for waistband - cut 2 pieces 6" wide by 16" long
1/4 yd fabric for skirt band - cut 2 pieces 4" wide by width of your fabric
1" wide elastic

This is a diagram of how this skirt is constructed. Each side (front and back) of the skirt will look like this when finished. The dotted lines indicate gathering stitches.

Okay to begin:

1- Sew 6 squares together to make skirt front row one. Press seams to one side. Repeat for skirt back row one. Set aside

2- Sew 9 squares together for skirt front row 2. Press seams to one side.

3- Sew 9 squares together for skirt front row 3. Press seams to one side, the opposite way to pressed row 2.

4- Sew row 2 to row 3. Press.

Repeat steps 2-4 for skirt back.

5- Sew skirt band to row 3 of skirt. Match right sides together and place skirt band over the top of row 3. After stitching fold down and press seam towards skirt band. Repeat for skirt back.

6- Run 2 rows of gathering stitches in the top of row 2. Pull up on gathering stitches and sew so that the top of row 2 matches the bottom of row 1. Stitch together row 1 to row 2, right sides together. You do NOT want any puckers or gathers in the bottom of row 1, only the top of row 2.

7- Matching side seams, sew skirt front to skirt back. Make some kind of mark so that you know which seams are your side seams, this will be important later.

8- Sew your 2 waistband pieces together at short sides. Press seams open.

9- Zig zag or serge the 2 longs sides of your waistband.

10- Run 2 rows of gathering stitches on the top of row 1. Pull up on gathering stitches until row 1 matches up with your waistband piece. Pin skirt to waistband, right sides together and matching side seams. Stitch.

11- On your waistband piece, fold the top down 1 1/4". You are folding with wrong sides together. Stitch in place leaving a 1" opening to feed your elastic through.

12- Cut your elastic to size and feed through the casing you just made. When finished stitch elastic together and close the opening in the casing.

To finish bottom edge of skirt:

13- Fold under raw edge of skirt band 1/4" and press.

14. Fold skirt band so that folded edge lines up with the seam between the skirt band & skirt. Pin in place well.

15. On the right side of skirt band top stitch to hold the skirt band in place. You are going to be top stitching as close to the seam between the skirt band/skirt as possible.

Clip strings, press and enjoy!!

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