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a drawstring summer skirt with pockets

These three fabrics happened to be dropped together on my sewing table, the unmatchiness was perfect. I had to sew them together into a garment and make the combo permanent. Just the right combination for a lightweight cotton summer skirt.
vintage cottons
The fabrics: 1. A cotton probably from the early 1970’s from my mother-in-law’s stash.  2. Another cotton from Jan’s stash, she passed on a whole tub full of fabrics from the 70’s- much to my delight.  3. A random, fantastic print from Hancock Fabrics (a very hit or miss fabric store, in my book), from a couple of years ago, this was definitely a hit. I was so excited to find it, I bought the rest of the bolt, only 3 yards or so and this is the very last of my 3 yards.

funky pocket skirtThe finished skirt, is basically what I had in my head. The pattern is very simple, a bit of gathering and hemming and that’s pretty much it.

I’ve decided, you’ve got to have pockets on a skirt to make it even worth wearing. I’ve been told it’s ‘trashy’ to put one’s phone in one’s bra when there isn’t a pocket available… oh really…

drawstring waist skirtA drawstring is a very easy way to finish a skirt. Due to the slippery texture of this particular black cording, and its inability to stay knotted, I will probably be changing it out for something that will not continually come untied- and you thought your phone in your bra was a problem?!

vintage fabrics and trimI added the butterfly ribbon on the bottom to tie it all together, it felt like it needed one more thing and why not give it that Anthropologie look and feel.

funky skirt

butterfly ribbonCheck out the full (some sewing skills necessary) tutorial on how to make an easy summer drawstring skirt here.


  1. kalamitykelli

    April 24, 2013 at 3:50 am

    I love the material and skirt – very nice job! Trashy huh? well, I will have to tell the 15 friends of mine that I will be seeking other company as they are too “trashy” for me! 🙂 Did one of your kids tell you that? I barely carry a phone so putting it in my bra would be a stretch for me, but the pockets were a great addition. Just love all those colors!!

  2. Patch

    April 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    No room in my bra for my phone 😉 Is it equally trashy to keep it in your knickers instead?? Nice skirt.

    1. NoelleOlpin

      April 25, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Hahaha! It’s at least equally trashy to keep your phone in your knickers. Then there’s the problem of pulling it out when it rings!

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