Denim Patchwork

If you are a person who has a limited appreciation for wacky clothing, you might want to click away right now.




OK, now that they are all gone, here it is!

This skirt formed in my mind when looking at Me-Made-May photos of Catherine from The Makings of an Urban Rustic. Her photos depict her swanning about her cozy-chic home in flowy maxi skirts and intricate handknits. She has a very clear sense of style, and it is quite compelling to me.

The pattern is a spiral skirt with 8 identical gores, which does not seem like it would work, but it does. I cut the gore pattern into 6 pieces. I cut out one gore at a time, pieced it together, then went on to the next one. This was easier than cutting all the pieces at once, then having a million little bits of denim flying around my sewing room. I added some godets to the back because this whole project was not complicated enough for me. And so there would be more fullness near the hem.

The fabric is mostly some selvedge denim that I had lying about, with various other twills that I had scraps of. Some of the fabric is from an old pair of black jeans that I had that wore through at the knees. I probably should not be sharing all this information with you.

back view

Back view, highlighting the godets that add some extra fullness to the back near the hem.

side view

I roughed up the seams with sandpaper to get them to stand out more.

This is the pattern that I based the project on, Neue Mode 22726. It is almost certainly long OOP.

I made a skirt like this once before, and I wear it all the time. It will be nice to have another, slightly different, patchwork denim skirt.

Here I am wearing my old denim patchwork skirt in October 2010.



  1. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted May 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I would like to see you wear your new patchwork skirt!!! This is Elizabeth btw.

    • Posted May 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I’m considering wearing it to the PR shopping day next Friday.

  2. sewforward
    Posted May 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love the skirt! Denim IMHO is always in style! Your skirt looks great – love the piece work on it. It’s a classic.

  3. Posted May 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love love love it! And especially love that you used your old jeans on this project too! 🙂

  4. Posted May 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Denim seems to absorb wackiness and make it look like the sort of garment for any casual occasion. What a great skirt. I love how you have used the spiral gores instead of regular patchwork shapes.

  5. julieculshaw
    Posted May 12, 2012 at 8:04 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love it. Is there any denim skirt that doesn’t work?

  6. Posted May 13, 2012 at 2:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    I adore patchwork clothing AND clothing recycled from other textiles (as you know 😉 ) so this hits all the right buttons for me too. I love it!

  7. Posted May 13, 2012 at 3:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    I am pleased that I have been inspirational to you…I like to think that I am more eccentric ( I think that the fact that I mostly live alone apart from a herd of pets shows now that I am over 50) than wacky!
    I like this skirt too and am in admiration of your skill at being so creative as I have to follow instructions and cannot think out of or beyond the box.Perhaps one day..

    • Posted May 13, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink | Reply

      Oh, I never meant to imply that YOU’RE wacky! I love your look and have not seen you in anything that was not completely tasteful.

  8. Posted May 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love your skirt. Just beautiful!

  9. Posted May 15, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a fun skirt, I like the effect of the godets in a swirl skirt. From the photos, they appear to lay like pleats and would only show when you walk. Worn knees mmm, gardening… hand scrubbing the kitchen floor….white water canoeing. Hope to see some of your wonderful garments in NYC later this week. You have so man. How do you choose.

  10. Posted May 16, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wacky but appealing! The monochrome color scheme makes it really sing.

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