A Ruffled Golf Skirt

I found a cute skirt from Flirtee and decided to recreate it.

I found a few patterns in my collection for my Inspiration. Both patterns I measured medium and they’re both FREE!

A good starting point is the Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg shorties and the Patterns for Pirates pencil skirt. Shorts under my skirt makes me feel much more secure on the course. I made the entire skirt out of Phee Fabrics Tricot. It is a light, airy, antimicrobial, and quick drying.

Shorts

Construct your shorties based on the pattern, including hemming, up to the point that you would add the waistband, then put them aside. Important: typically you would not start here but I do this to avoid stitching my bottom flounce piece into the hem.

Pencil Skirt

To achieve the added flair to the pencil skirt:

  • I drafted three 4″ flounces to go across the back of the skirt. If you have not done a flounce before, think of it like a little circle skirt but you cut a line through one side of it. Drafting flounces takes a little math and I will explain it in the next paragraph.
  • After cutting the flounces, stitch them down using a stretch stitch and following the chalk lines. The top of the flounces should be “upside down”  
  • After the flounces are stitched down, serge the skirt together. Important: you want the flounces to go slightly into the side seem so they will look like part of the back of the skirt.

Flounce Drafting

  • Figure out the point that you want the flounces to start on the garment and measure. Side seam to side seam horizontally is what I chose.
  • Repeat this step 3 times and mark your lines on the back skirt panel using a ruler and chalk pen.
  • How wide do you want the flounce? Once you know that, divide that number by 3.14. This will give you the radius needed for a half circle. However, for a full circle (which is what you need) you must divide the result by 2.
  • Use this number to draft the first circle line. 
  • Measure from the point of your first circle cut down (the first circle line is 4″ down to make the flounce 4″ or what width you choose) to the length that you would like, as mentioned above I measured mine to be 4 inches and don’t hem the Tricot because it doesn’t fray.
Example, my target length was 20″. This is how I calculated the radius for a full circle.

And just like that you have your flounces!

Finishing Up

  • Your shorts and skirt should have the side seams are constructed and hemmed at this point.
  • Now you can add the waistband. You will only be using one waistband because the shorts and the skirt will be attached.
  • To add the waistband, you will want to measure it off in quarters and put pins at each quarter point. You will do the same for your skirt. After quartering take your shorties and skirt and clip or pin them all together stretching the waistband (not the skirt or shorties) just enough to make it line up.
  • Now you can serge it all together

Voila you have a ruffled back golf skirt!

Royal Blue Beauty

Posted by Heather Hawkins

Are you guys loving Phee Swim Week so far? I know I am! I love seeing all these beautiful women in their gorgeous swim suits! The idea of sewing swimwear can seem scary (just like posting pictures of yourself in a swimsuit on the internet is!). But it doesn’t have to be! This Mama Camilla swim suit is only the second swimsuit I’ve sewn! Though, I do have a lot of experience sewing dancewear and gymnastics leotards.

Using quality fabrics will help your swimwear sewing go so much smoother and Phee Fabrics has a lot of quality fabric to choose from. For my suit I picked this gorgeous Royal Blue Circular Knit. I wanted to have fun with the color and try something different than the usual black bathing suit. I lined it with Nude lining which helps give a bit more coverage and makes the suit extra comfortable. Both the circular knit and lining feel great against your skin and are very smooth to the touch.

Circular knit is a great choice for sewing swim suits, not just because of its moisture wicking properties, but it’s easy to work with! It won’t curl and isn’t super slippery. I highly recommend using a rotary cutter instead of scissors to cut out your pattern pieces so you get a smoother edge (especially for the edge of the flounce as it’s not hemmed). I still like to use a lot of pins or clips while sewing just to keep my fabric right where I want it. And don’t be afraid to baste before stitching (especially if using a serger) to ensure everything is lined up.

Since this was my first time sewing the Mama Camilla I did sew a practice suit to make sure it was going to fit before using my good fabric. I found that even though I am shorter than the height the pattern was drafted for I liked the length without the ruching that the pattern calls for. I’m all torso and very short legs, which is why sewing my own swim suit is awesome! I can never find ready to wear one piece suits that don’t give me a wedgie!! So, what I’m trying to say is it’s a good idea to make a “muslin” and to try the suit on throughout the process. I did the same with the elastic lengths to be sure they were tight enough, but not too tight.

So, what are you waiting for? Order some delicious Phee Fabrics and get started on your swimsuit! You’ll be amazed at how you’ll feel in a great fitting, made by you swimsuit!!