I’m always amazed at the different garments that one sewing pattern can produce with just a bit of creativity.I have a lot of skirt patterns and I have learned to mix and match their pieces. Perhaps I like a skirt put think it needs patch pockets or trim, so I use the pieces or instruction from another pattern. You don’t have to have many sewing patterns in order to create different skirts from one pattern.
I took a McCall’s pattern (M7425) and made 3 different looking skirts.
RED SCRAP SKIRT: This red scrappy skirt was made with scrap pieces of fabric I had been given. I found the fabric tiny red dots to use for the main fabric of the skirt and it matched my fabric scraps perfectly. I had the idea to piece the scraps together to create a larger piece for the front panel of the skirt. It was definitely more work, but I love how beautifully it turned out.
FAT QUARTER SKIRT: This skirt was made entirely from fat quarters. I had an old fat quarter bundle, but knew I couldn’t make a teenager’s skirt out of that. I began to think of ways to combine the fat quarters to make a skirt, then I remembered all the pieces of this McCall’s pattern. Each fat quarter would easily be a piece of this skirt. The skirt looks a little hodge-podge of fabric, but I LOVE it. It turned out beautifully. BRIGHT & GIRLY SKIRT: The bright and girly skirt was made exactly according to the pattern instructions. However, I added some trim to the side panels to create a pocket-look. It adds some dimension and something interesting to a plain skirt. I love how bright and fun this skirt is.
Another skirt pattern that I love is one I found at the thrift store: McCalls 4038. This skirt is perfect and the pattern is easy to follow. I didn’t add anything to the pattern, but just using different types of fabric is a great way to change up the look. This skirt pattern is one of my favorites! I have made it at least 10 times and every time it looks really different.