Saturday, 23 March 2013

Wiksten Tulip Skirt

I have skirts on my mind at the moment, my aim is to stock up my wardrobe with a few staples before the warm weather hits.

I have admired this pattern for a while and it recently came back into my mind so I tracked it down and bought the PDF pattern. The original version was printed in a copy of Stitch magazine but I found it available on the Interweave site.

There is some handsewing involved but don't let that put you off. It gives the placket and waistband a lovely professional finish. Edgestitching instead of handsewing the placket down would also look great as an alternative.

The pattern is so easy to follow and was a pleasure to sew up. I love the pleats, they are deep and crisp and give the skirt such a lovely shape.

The waistband sits high up, higher than most and the belt ties add a nice touch. I would like them to be a bit longer so they don't sit so straight when worn.

Now while I enjoyed making this a lot, I am not sure it is very flattering on my figure. I have a curvy shape and the pleats make the skirt more voluminous than your typical a-line. That said I have used quite a heavy twill fabric and so it doesn't drape softly. I would try a lightweight cotton next time to see if it skimmed over my hips a bit better.

I don't like showing too much leg and it is a bit short for me. I could wear this length
 with tights for the winter, my personal preference would be to have it a bit longer so I could use it as a summer skirt.


  1. I think it looks cute on you, Katy!

  2. Awh thank you! Something about it reminded me of the O+S Hopscotch skirt, and I would make myself one of those if I could!

  3. It looks great Katy and you know I would tell you the truth!
    I love it with tights.
    xx N

  4. I love it on you Katy - it is very flattering, I think!

  5. I thought Hopscotch when I first saw it too! I really like this color and think the skirt looks great on you!


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