Copy-Cat in Prairie Girl Chic

comments (5) June 1st, 2008 in gallery     

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MichaelaMurphy Michaela Murphy, contributor
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Hanging out around my front yard in my copy-cat skirt.
This is the original Anthropologie skirt  that I used over and over again.
I used a heavy weight cotton thread and a large machine basting stitch to create this detailed stitching embellishment between the ruffled tiers.
Hanging out around my front yard in my copy-cat skirt. Hanging out around my front yard in my copy-cat skirt. Photo: Gregg Snodgrass

A few years ago I paid an insane amount of money for a cute cotton skirt with a ruffled edge, elastic waist and muslin petticoat that I found at Anthropologie. As I rode the subway back home I was experiencing some buyer’s remorse so I resolved to use my purchase as a template and make some copies. I already had some cotton fabric, elastic and some muslin so I was all set. I laid the original down on the floor and simply traced the outline of the skirt. The fun part was making a ruffled tier (I actually made two) a few inches from the hemline. Then I used some heavy weight contrasting thread to stitch some nice detail within the tier and along the hem of the muslin underskirt. So far I’ve made six of these skirts: several for my niece and several for some friends. This is the one I kept for myself.

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: gallery, trendy, skirt, ruffle

Comments (5)

MichaelaMurphy writes: melimeoart, the under skirt is attached--but you could make one and use it as you would a slip. I attached this one at the waist by sewing the underskirt and topskirt to the elastic waistband. It was very easy and a very quick project.
Posted: 5:28 pm on March 21st
melimeloart writes: Hi,
I was wondering if the underskirt is attached in some way or is a separate skirt?
Posted: 3:07 pm on March 21st
MichaelaMurphy writes: Thanks! I can tell you how I did it, although, there might be a better way. I cut long strips of fabric on the bias (they were two inches wide.) I did't finish the edges because I kind of wanted to keep the fuzzy, unfussy look. I then sewed the strips together so that I had a very long continuous ribbon that I hoped would fit around the skirt once I ruffled it. I sewed a very loose basting stitch down the center of the strip (I used heavy duty thread for this) and pulled the ends to create the ruffle. Then I carefully pinned the ruffle where I wanted it on the skirt and sewed right over the original ruffle seam all the way around. It was so easy and I liked how it looked so I made another one a little higher up to create that tiered effect. The lines of stitching detail really add to the overall effect. For those I simply stitched (again with heavy duty thread) all around the skirt twelve times. I used the presser foot along the previous stitching line so that the rows were evenly spaced. I did the whole thing in an evening. Let me know if you try it--I love to hear how you make out.

Posted: 7:16 pm on June 4th
gracielynn writes: so neat !

Posted: 5:10 pm on June 4th
Henriette writes: Love the skirt. Would like to know how the ruffle was made.
Posted: 1:26 pm on June 4th
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