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April 18, 2011
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April 18, 2011
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All wrapped up… (Kwik Sew 2954)

Sorry honeybees. I can’t pass up a pun. I’m also a sucker for alliteration and knock knock jokes. Today’s post is all about an easy to sew skirt that has had my heart soaring with the eagles as well as mucking about in the depths with the, oh I don’t know. Mud-wallowing creatures, I guess.

I finished Kwik Sew 2954 today, a simple wrap skirt. A VERY simple wrap skirt. Here’s where the roller coaster ride came in. I made this skirt as a sample for a class I’m teaching at the shop in May. As an aside – we are teaching ALL SKIRT CLASSES in May! How fun is that? Anyway – clearly, a simple wrap skirt was a must to include in the lineup, but I have to admit that this isn’t a style to which I’ve ever been slavishly devoted; like, say…my friend the circle skirt. I picked out the fabric (this awesome birdcage print from Tina Givens!) and set out to give it a try.

Onto the first nice peak of the rollercoast… I checked out Pattern Review. I didn’t spend a lot of time, but the pictures I scanned made it clear that Kwik Sew 2954 was a skirt, not a glorified bathing suit coverup (although, it would be perfect for trips to the beach…) Also, I realized that it has darts, so there IS a bit of shaping. Once I started the skirt, though, I wasn’t so sure. There seemed to be an awful lot of fabric. I finished it up today while working at the shop and, ugh. lowest of low. It appeared to have the same shapeless, blocky, I just wrapped a towel around me vibe that I had associated with wrap skirts.

Let me offer my first bit of wrap skirt advice at this point: do not try it on OVER a denim skirt, tank top and cardigan. The results will not make you happy.

Nevertheless, the skirt was finished. There were pictures to take, blog posts to write and reviews to post. I went home and put on some black leggings and a black tank – the better to highlight the skirt, right? Also they very nicely set off my new polka dot wedges, which with a four inch heel are mysteriously as comfortable as flats. What’s the deal? In any case – the all black did the trick (well, and not wearing it over 3 layers of other clothes!) I really like the skirt a lot!

See? Not blocky. At least, not as much as I thought! It’s a nice simple little skirt – great for the summer. I’m also intrigued by the thought of making a few in different lengths and layering them (ignoring my previous tip to not wear this skirt OVER other skirts, of course…)

It’s got a bit of an a-line shape, once on, although the pattern pieces aren’t so very a-line-esque…


Here’s a nice close up so you can see the fabric’s detail. Aren’t those birds adorable? Also, there’s an ingenious optional step in the pattern to put a buttonhole in the waistband so that the longer tie that wraps all the way around you can go under the skirt and then come back out the buttonhole right where it ties. My buttonhole is on the right in the picture below – it’s a bit hard to see because I used pink thread and it is right on one of the pink birds. Let me assure you that was completely intentional…

The finishing is pretty minimal for the skirt. I serged the bottom edge of the facing and the bottom hem. The sides are hemmed with a 1/2” hem, folded in twice and topstitched. The easy finishing and absence of finicky fastenings are part of what makes the skirt such a breeze to sew up.

As you all may or may not know… I like to prove that each new garment is flexible enough to attend three events. I wasn’t too confident about this one – there’s something about wrap skirts that begs for afternoons at the beach! PLUS, I picked such a loud, goofy print I thought I’d have to keep it pretty casual. I was pleasantly surprised, though!

First, I kept the leggings and and tank and added a leather jacket and some boots with heels. This is very night out, isn’t it? At least drinks after work or dinner with Mr. Bug. Who hasn’t seen the skirt yet but will likely fall in love with the birds and want to name them all…

I got a nice unintentional shot of the back here… the little wrap part is looking quite saucy in this picture, isn’t it?

Next I switched to bare legs, riding-boot-wannabes, a flouncy tank and a cardigan. Certainly perfect for my current job, but totally doable at my last office job as well. At least for a Friday.

The skirt, however is likely most happy in its natural habitat, casual and free. Begging for a trip to the beach! Perhaps I am projecting.


So there we are. Learn something new every day. Today’s lesson, unfortunately, is one I keep RE-learning. Stop judging a pattern by its envelope art and/or previous RTW ill-fitting counterparts.




  1. […] Target Sweater: New York & Co, purchased last summer Skirt: handmade, blogged here Shoes: […]

  2. […] Since I’ll be doing a Full Bust Adjustment, I really wanted something less silken to help me feel secure in the bodice.  I thought this weight of cotton would work well for that, and the Tina Givens line  has a lovely silken hand that I’ve been wanting to sew up ever since Patty revealed her adorable wrap skirt! […]

  3. […] wrap skirt: handmade, blogged here […]

  4. Andrea says:

    Lovely! I'd forgotten how easy wrap skirts are to sew. I have a feeling there will be a couple in my future. I love the outfit with the olive cardigan. Great job. :)

  5. Karen in VA says:

    Seriously cute skirt…you are a bad influence as I don't need any more projects in my queue….Having serious shoe envy also..there's a payless near the Hancocks where I buy thread and notions..although I'm not sure my arthritic knees could handle 4" heels, esp. since I'm already 5'11"…and the BF is maybe 5'8" on a good day….(but he's sooooo damn adorable and I've been taller than most of the guys I've dated/married)

  6. Rosy says:

    Wow! Love the look of the skirt with brown boots and olive cardigan! Seriously, I like them all, but this is my favorite …. oh, my God! I need summer skirts …

  7. oonaballoona says:

    wow, i totally would have harshly and irredeemably judged that pattern by it's envelope cover.

    i LOVE the multitude of looks you're getting out of this fabulous skirt! i don't know why, but when i saw the first pic, "punk rock girl" by the dead milkmen ( instantly popped in my head…

  8. Claire (aka Seemane) says:

    What a lovely surprise (to find you liked the skirt afterall – bonus!), it's pretty cute too! Will you wear it during the class to show it off :) ?

  9. Tanit-Isis says:

    Very cute! I must admit to a similar ambivalence towards wrap skirts, but you make this one rock. I also love the three different looks thing you always do, I should do more of that (because, as we know, I'm always copying you) ;).

    And I was thinking how nice your hair looked, too…

  10. [patty the snug bug] says:

    P.Sue! I know! Those shoes! Black with white polka dots was my "color" for my wedding – I couldn't resist going straight into payless when I saw the poster. AND they were on sale for $16!! They'll prolly be a one-summer shoe…the dots appear to be screen printed on, so they'll just be black wedges soon…

    …and thanks for noting the hair. That's Sunday-just-washed-and-left hair. I am very ambivalent about my hair in its naturally curly (FRIZZY) state!!

  11. Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood says:

    oh and i LOVE the curls on ya

  12. Janlynn says:

    Love the skirt, love the fabric. I really enjoy your writing style.
    Hope you get to the beach soon. We had more snow yesterday. I can't think about the beach yet.

  13. Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood says:

    I saw those shoes at Payless this weekend! You are one of the best outfit accessorize-rs on the web Snuggy Buggy!

  14. Sue says:

    Thanks for sharing all the different outfits – love them all!

  15. LAP says:

    Wow! It turned out so adorable! I can't wait to see it with the citron tights and your jean jacket- an ensemble perfect for dog walking!

    If Franny is reading this, this should be her first entry in 357 a-line skirts!

  16. Heather says:

    Oooo, I love the bird pattern on that skirt! Adorable! I think my favourite version is the one with the cardi, although the Free Beach Spirit one is charming too. Someone is looking forward to the summer!

  17. The Hojnackes says:

    I love it- especially with the jacket and tall black boots!

  18. Garnet says:

    Wow! I love this skirt. And your polka-dot espadrilles, but mostly the skirt. The colors are wonderfully bright and cheery, and it seems to go with everything.

    I miss wrap skirts. I might have to make one myself. ;)


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