Summer of Skirts Part 2: Zebra Forest Skirt

Summer play skirt by Saké PuppetsI’m quite proud of this next summer skirt because, it’s self-drafted!! I started with a square of fabric and nothing else, and then poof! made a skirt from my mind.

Confession: I actually created a pattern from a skirt that I bought at Anthropologie 4 years ago. I stared at the beloved garment for about an hour and was able to draft a pattern without taking my darling apart. I worked out the measurements and then constructed an exact replica. Except with zebras.

zebras on my skirt, by Saké PuppetsI purchased the fabric at Tomato in Nippori during our Tokyo fabric shopping meetup last month. Inna, Chie, Frances and I challenged each other to make garments using fabric we normally wouldn’t buy or wear. I resist pretty much anything with an animal print so this fabric definitely fit the criteria for me. Though, I love this fabric. It is a beautiful soft cotton and I think zebras in the forest are hilarious.

The waistband and hem are topstitched and I like the way they toughen up the skirt. It feels quite durable, suitable for a zebra frolic. I also included slash pockets, a hand-picked zipper, and lining.

a top stitched hemline

play skirt out on the town! by Saké Puppetsplay skirt out on the town! by Saké PuppetsThis has been a great play skirt for the summer. The cotton is soft but tough, the skirt is breezy and cool, and the pattern is crazy which encourages summer hijinks. I’m also quite proud of myself for constructing something wearable from almost no pattern. Hooray for new skills! (^O^)/

Maybe I’m still riding the zebra high, but I committed to joining Inna’s couture Little French Jacket sewalong. I’m not sure I’ll keep up with the big girls, but it will be fun to see what happens. Whaddya say, want to join us?!

10 thoughts on “Summer of Skirts Part 2: Zebra Forest Skirt

  1. I’m also not a big fan of the animal print fabrics, but zebra in the forest in not an animal print, it’s a whole animal, and that’s different. *^v^* Congratulations on the new skills! I like the topstitching detail, it definitely makes the skirt more interesting. Great job!

  2. Seeing the skirts you’re sewing makes me want to make some of my own. I’m very self-conscious about my legs, so I prefer longer skirts (usually ones down to my ankles), but I’ve had a couple of patterns in mind that I want to try out and the way you’re showing off some of your skirty talent really makes me want to sit down and actually get started on some for myself!

    Shame that winter’s fast approaching in Canada, and skirts aren’t exactly great for walking through calf-high snow drifts…

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