White Petticoat Skirt

Another project done! I actually had a white petticoat skirt I made a couple of years ago, but there were some issues with it so it was axed in the great purge. This is the replacement!


As with most of my (non-historical) petticoat skirts, this is a half circle skirt with a ruffle. I had a lot of extra fabric, so I added a second ruffle above the bottom one. Waistband is just elastic. Fabric is white cotton lawn.


The neat thing on this one is that I hemmed the ruffles with a narrow hem on my serger. Takes forever, but it looks so good! I almost didn’t add lace to the bottom because I liked how clean it looked. But of course in the end I couldn’t resist.


Check out my awesome “vintage” 1980s Gunne Sax dress, haha.

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe


  1. Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. Green dress (purchased)
  3. Cream floral Lady Skater
  4. Calico Giselle
  5. Calico Simplicity 1080 View A (I’m not 100% sure this pattern will work for me, but…I’m just dying to try it!)


  1. Jersey maxi skirt (McCall’s 6608 View D) in black
  2. Gauze maxi skirt with ruffle (rework gauze circle skirt for this)
  3. White petticoat skirt
  4. Brown midi petticoat skirt
  5. Jean Hollyburn
  6. Nevermore skirt


  1. Wrap top (Butterick 6285)
  2. Cropped black T-shirt
  3. Gray rose peasant top
  4. Black Weekender tunic


  1. Jean jacket (Simplicity 8020 View A)
  2. Army green jacket (purchased)
  3. Green spencer
  4. Gray jersey cardigan (purchased)
  5. Aurelia cardigan?

Plaid Flannel Petticoat

This may be my new favorite skirt! I didn’t use a pattern, but it’s very similar to the lightweight brown petticoat skirt I wore all summer. I should probably stop trying new skirt patterns and just make this one in different fabrics.

Anyway! It’s a 20-inch-long half-circle skirt with a 7-inch ruffle. This particular one has in-seam pockets.

It has a flat waistband on the front and sides with two elastic areas in the back, and closes with an invisible zip in the center back.


(Enjoy this rare opportunity to see my hair not in a bun.) Oh, I’d meant to gather the skirt to the waistband all around, but it wasn’t quite full enough in front. So rather than cutting it wider (and therefore shorter), I made two small box pleats in the front to ensure the side seams and pockets were actually on the sides.

Outer fabric is a supercozy gray plaid flannel (so soft! I kind of wish I’d bought more to make pajamas or something). I’d always planned to line it with rayon bemberg so that I don’t have to wear a slip underneath. Remembering how annoying it was to work with when I made my drawers, though, I decided to underline it rather than line it . . . then I changed my mind and underlined the main skirt body but kept the ruffle separate for fullness.


(Yeah, I AM going to post this photo, even though it’s incredibly blurry!) I used a different bemberg than for the drawers and I must say this one was much easier to work with. I found it a bit stiffer–more like taffeta, and it does have a lovely taffeta rustle. Plus, the color is GORGEOUS.


Very bright metallic silver! I’m tempted to use it as the main fabric for a ball gown. Hmm . . .

So for my Fall/Winter 2015 Capsule Wardrobe, I’m down to two skirts that need fixes (maybe one), a dress that I might postpone until spring, and a sweater situation that I haven’t decided what to do about.

I can’t believe that soon it will be time to think about 2016 spring/summer. The Wardrobe Architect exercise over the past year has been really helpful. I have a much better idea of what silhouettes and colors I’ll wear all the time because I like the way they feel and look. And I made a bunch of wardrobe staples that I’m really pleased with. My plan is to continue to add to the staples for 2016 between formal dresses and costumes.

(I just remembered that I never blogged about my November ball gown. Honestly, I wasn’t happy with it at all! I have to stop trying to make strapless dresses; they’ve never turned out quite right. I have other ideas for the formal events I have coming up in 2016, though.)

Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe


  1. Gray floral Lady Skater (short sleeve)
  2. Black Weekender dress (short sleeve)
  3. Green purchased dress (short sleeve)
  4. Cream floral Lady Skater (elbow-length sleeve) (might be moved to spring)
  5. Black knit dress (long sleeve)
  6. Red purchased dress (long sleeve)
  7. Plaid Lady Skater (long sleeve)


  1. Black wool Walking Skirt (need to fix waistband)
  2. Corduroy Ginger
  3. Jean Hollyburn
  4. Nevermore skirt
  5. Green plaid wool skirt (need to add lining–eh…maybe, maybe not)
  6. Jeans
  7. Flannel petticoat


  1. Plain black T-shirt (short sleeve)
  2. White sweetheart T-shirt (short sleeve)
  3. Gray cropped V-neck (elbow-length)
  4. Black wrap top (elbow-length)
  5. Cream turtleneck (long sleeve)
  6. Black cameo Bronte (long sleeve)
  7. Black Weekender tunic (long sleeve)


  1. Black corduroy blazer
  2. Pumpkin corduroy blazer
  3. Black fleece zip-up hoodie
  4. Bottle green wool sweater
  5. Black or gray wool sweater? (Still debating what to do with the one I bought, which is too big.)
  6. Heavy black wool coat


  1. Slips
  2. Tights & socks
  3. Black boots
  4. Brown snow boots
  5. Brown oxfords
  6. Scarves
  7. Brown satchel
  8. Black She Who Sews Dottie bag
  9. Black leather gloves
  10. Brown leather gloves

Petticoat Maxi Skirt in Black

This is the base pattern; modifications were:

  • Middle tier is 10 inches
  • Bottom tier is 6 inches
  • Lining is 2 tiers for extra fullness
  • Waistband is flat in front with elastic only in the back and a back center zipper
  • Added pockets!

Photo May 10, 5 23 15 PM

This projects “oops!” moment: discovering that I’d accidentally used a navy zipper after I had already finished inserting it. Oh well! No one is likely to notice. 😉

Photo May 10, 5 24 42 PM

I’m not sure I’m totally in love with this cotton voile–it’s a little clingier than I expected. But it’s soft and for all I know voile is clingy.

Close-up ruffler action!


Photo shoot outtake! (Cats are so helpful.)

Photo May 10, 5 20 59 PM

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe Sewing Queue


  1. MAKE: Knee-length Hollyburn in black cotton poplin; white lining with white eyelet ruffle (longer than overskirt); contour waistband; elastic in back of waistband
  2. DONE: Maxi petticoat skirt in black voile, gathered at waist with back elastic
  3. DONE: Brown midi petticoat skirt 
  4. IN PROCESS: Blue denim Hollyburn–need to take in waistband
  5. IN PROCESS: Black floral circle skirt with attached black eyelet petticoat–need to replace waistband
  6. DONE: White midi petticoat
  7. IN PROCESS: Brown maxi petticoat skirt–needs a new waistband and closure


  1. DONE: Sweetheart t-shirt in white interlock (from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual)
  2. MAKE: Sweetheart t-shirt in black jersey
  3. DONE: Peplum top from Lady Skater in cream jersey
  4. HAVE: Black & white polka dot Bronte top
  5. HAVE: Gray & black horses print Bronte top
  6. DONE: Black tunic top from Weekender Dress pattern
  7. IN PROCESS: Black gauze top–need to add shirring to waist


  1. HAVE: Gray floral Lady Skater
  2. HAVE: Black and gray Weekender Dress
  3. HAVE: Green and pink floral Lady Skater
  4. HAVE: Green knee-length dress with neck ties (purchased)
  5. MAKE: Green Lady Skater w/ collar and back zip
  6. MAKE: Dress in black interlock with Nevermore collar (Simplicity 1699 view B, however, may use the Lady Skater for this, too)


  1. MAKE: Long-sleeve bolero in gray (or black?) linen or laceweight sweater knit or lightweight sweatshirt fleece (Butterick 5232) (currently, I’m jonesing for a ballet cardigan instead, so may change this)
  2. HAVE: Olive military jacket (purchased, but need to fix closures)
  3. HAVE: Gray jersey elbow-length cardigan w/ ruffles (purchased)
  4. HAVE: Black and cream lightweight sweater knit cardigan (purchased)
  5. HAVE: Jean jacket (purchased)