Sewing Circle: Very cool ruched knit skirt

Today, on Sewing Circle...
I got this question from Carrie about a super cute James Perse skirt worn by several celebs, looks super cute and I love the casual grey! Here's Carrie's question:

Q: I love this skirt that Mila Kunis wears in Friends with Benefits. AND of course it is sold our everywhere! Do you think you can help me find a pattern or just even a good idea of how to make this gorgeously simple skirt?! I think everyone would look good in it! Fixing about every hip/thigh problem out there and comfortably in jersey!
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A: That is a super cute skirt, and I think I saw the same one on Zoe Saldana in People StyleWatch.
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I would love to do a tutorial on it but I don't have time!—I’ve never seen a pattern for anything like it, but I don’t think you’d need one. This tutorial for an asymmetrical pleated mini will show you the basic concept you'd need to use. The skirt is probably an enclosed tube, almost, with the front sewn to the back at the bottom instead of a hem.

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There also may be something vaguely similar on BurdaStyle, but not the same. Here are two that would be a similar idea:
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Not the same, but both meant for jersey knits and you could certainly modify them. I'm sure with a little playing around you could make up a pattern that would overlap like the James Perse original.
I can already imagine how it’s put together and it’s really very simple, I’m sure. Hey, readers, have any of you seen a pattern more like what Carrie needs?? I really hope there's one out there!

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  1. Here is a little DIYer that I found on pinterest and I think looks really similar and super easy! http://passionsforfashion.dk/2011/09/diy-guide-draped-skirt/

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    1. That is SUPER cute and looks really easy!!

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  2. Hey, thanks for featuring my folded mini! I think the inspiration skirt could be replicated if you just try and play around with it for a bit.

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    1. Very cool, you definitely have the same construction method. Your tutorial and skirt are really cool and original!!

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  3. I have done the following two and they work wonderfully and come close to this same look
    http://madeinpretoria.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/lifes-too-short-for-long-dresses-diy-wrap-skirt/

    http://passionsforfashion.dk/2011/09/diy-guide-draped-skirt/

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  4. I just bought this Vogue pattern- http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8711-products-13658.php?page_id=263 after seeing it made up here- http://www.ericabunker.com/2011/08/vogue-8711-black-draped-skirt.html.
    It has a similar curved gathered front but the short version would have to be shortened which probably isn't too difficult? Can you tell I haven't opened my pattern yet?!
    Hope this helps.

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    1. Thanks, that is quite similar! I think if you made it double-layered and shorter it would be almost the same as the James Perse!

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  5. Great post! Your blog is really interesting all around! Looking forward to future posts.

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  6. I just saw this draped skirt tutorial on Pinterest and immediately thought of this post of yours. It's pretty similar and no sew!

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    1. Duh, need a link... http://pinterest.com/pin/175781191676911931/

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  7. Thanks for doing this sewing circle Suzannah! Looks like there are a ton of ways to make this skirt. I love this tutorial from Passions For Fashion - so simple! Thanks again! - Carrie

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  8. love the skirt, it looks easy to wear and comfortable, think I'll try making.

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