I typically don’t sew clothing for myself so this was a real treat. I was inspired by the two Hummingbird Dresses I made for my daughters. Since I had some of this beautiful fabric left over I thought it might be fun to make myself a matching skirt. I dug into my Pinterest boards and was drawn to the Market Dress by Portabellopixie that I had pinned quite some time ago.
What I Loved
The dress is a very simple construction. It’s a series of squares sewn together in a line, ruffled and then attached to another series of squares and so on. Anyone with a little sewing experience can manage this! And the fact that it is made up of squares allowed me to use up all the leftover scraps I had from the Hummingbird Dresses!
What I Didn’t Love
The only thing that I would have liked to see are a few more pictures, but since this is an excerpt from a book, you only get a couple of simple illustrations. I am a fan of actual images, I think they help visualize the process better, but as I mentioned before, the skirt is pretty straightforward, so while images would be nice, they really aren’t a necessity.
The only change I made to this pattern was to make an elastic waistband instead of the drawstring it called for. Why? Mostly because I didn’t feel like ironing a big long piece of fabric to make the drawstring! Ha!
Would I Recommend This?
YES! I mean, how cute is it? And it’s easy to sew, And it uses scraps…And it’s FREE! There really are no reasons NOT to sew this up! The best part is that a market skirt like this is not only versatile, but it looks good on all body shapes!
You can download the freebie HERE.
I really love that I have a fun skirt to match my girls (without being tacky)!