Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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A sweetheart skirt

Inspired by the paper bag skirt and easy paper bag skirts I recently made, I wanted to do another skirt (they are so easy compared to dresses!) with fullness at the hips, tapered down to the knees.  I pulled out Simplicity 2512, a Cynthia Rowley pattern I've had for a while.
Cute, right?  I made a variation on the skirts at the top, A and B, but I didn't want the bias tape finish on the top and hem.  I didn't have a perfect contrast fabric, and wanted a smooth finish, so I sewed the pieces right sides together (next time if I do this I will add 1/2" seam allowance to the top of the waistband when I cut), and finished the raw edges on the inside of the waistband.  Check it out!
Here it is with a bow...
And with a simple knot.
It's fun how the belt is attached at the center back, which keeps it in place nicely.
I made the skirt out of a nice piece of cotton twill that I got at Goodwill for probably $0.99.  I wouldn't have wanted to use anything any more lightweight, for a skirt and all.  It lays pretty well, too.  It's similar to the twill I used on the easy paper bag skirt, also.  Twill is a best friend for summer-fall bottomweights!


  1. It's very cute indeed. And I love the colour of this skirt!

  2. i love this! great color, love the style, and the fabric looks perfect. i especially like the little sweetheart top. great work!

  3. I love how it turned out - it looks truly fabulous on you!!

  4. My favorite part is the top of the waist...such a cute detail!

  5. This is adorable!! I also love the color choice!

  6. So nicely done Suzannah!

    <3, natasha

  7. LOVE this! I need to go look for this pattern; it's very close to one of my favorite skirts I've been trying to reproduce in other fabrics.

  8. it looks so lovely!

  9. This look fabulous! One of my absolutely favorites, great job!

  10. That came out perfect, looks just like the picture!! I love the olive color.

  11. This look brilliant!!! I have just made two of Cynthias dresses...might tackle the skirt next!



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