My right royal jersey Pavlova skirt

I’m back! I’ve been off line mostly – sorry! I had such a busy weekend and beginning of the week that kept me away from all the fun. I know it’s not even a week, but it feels like it. I missed you all and will enjoy catching up! So, to remedy my absence …here’s a recent make.

I declare that everyone needs a jersey full (or even better – circle ) skirt. I mean it’s easy to wash, super easy to wear & it just looks & feels a million dollars with all its wonderful drape & swooshy qualities. It makes me feel like a ballerina. You’ll have to bear with me on these photos – I was trying to capture the movement, the fluidity & jellyfish-like qualities it has when coming down the stairs….

Cake Pavlova skirtBut that’s the best I could do!

Mine is made from purple jersey acquired at the Rag market a while ago. It’s the most beautiful “royal” purple – would not look out of place alongside some ermine (if I ever let dead animals near me that is).

Cake Pavlova skirt

I took this deepest purple jersey & transformed it into a Pavlova circle skirt of Cake patterns. This is the first time I’ve made it after being intrigued by Steph’s different positions for the same pattern – one being jersey- her “nice and knit” position. I wasn’t sure whether I’d need a zip for the jersey variety of this skirt, but took a leap into the unknown, being reasonably confident that I could deal with it if I needed to.

Cake Pavlova skirt

I was able to cut the skirt out of two pieces. In theory this pattern allows for a circle skirt made out of four quarters. Or two halves, or if you are really clever, just one piece. I hope one day to graduate to the single piece, but this time around made mine out of two halves.

Cake Pavlova skirt

I love the shell-like pocket, but made a mistake about where I located it in relation to one of the two seams. Sadly, I followed the pattern markings , which requires zero thought if you are making the four quarter version – the pocket will always be close to a seam. However, in my skirt my placement resulted in there being a centre front & centre back seam, with no side seams. It’s a design detail of course!

Cake Pavlova skirt

I also stitched the cute pintucks but placed them on the inside of the pocket so that the “ridges” are hidden & the shell detail is seamed. I think this was laziness on my part. Maybe it had something to do with the way that I marked it (I used a tracing wheel & carbon paper- maybe I was hiding the markings!? ). Anyway, being a solid colour, the seams look lovely still on the pocket.

Cake Pavlova skirt

So, did I need to insert a zip? The answer is no! but this skirt has an elastic waistband. Shock? It looks neat I think. I followed Steph’s alternative quick knit waistband instructions & think it works out fine, & makes this skirt even easier to wear. In the pic below you can just about see that it involves attaching the right length elastic to the waistband with a triple stitch zig zag …

I want to emphasize that I don’t feel like a toddler or a granny wearing an elastic waisted skirt.

Cake pavlova skirt

All in all it was a fairly quick make- make & attach pocket, two seams and then the waistband.

 Hem marker

The hem was an interesting adventure. I let the skirt hang for a couple of days before working out how long I wanted it. I then looked at the expanse of hem that needed to be set. I gulped. I looked at it some more then the lightbulb appeared. Isn’t this just what a dummy with a hem marker is for? I scrabbled around looking for the strange gadget that I have never used in the 18 months that I have had this dummy (Oh Barbarella, I am so sorry I have neglected to use your full potential). I then had to locate the bag of chalk.

Hem marker in action

Strangely enough I found them both relatively easily despite my sewing room looking like a bomb has landed & sprayed thread shrapnel amongst all of the piles of projects in various stages of conception. Tell you what – this hem marker is awesome! Just attach it to the dummy’s stand at the desired height & every now & then puff chalk onto the hem as you turn the dummy around. Little lines of chalk markers are left behind to join up at the desired hem level. Works like a dream.

Cake Pavlova skirt

Once marked I could trim & press under the hem before sewing with my normal machine straight stitch. And then wear. But there is a lot to trim & a lot to hem – the circumference is massive. I kept the length I trimmed off to measure it. It’s a whole 4.5m long!

Cake Pavlova skirtNot a desired prop for the photos …

I have worn this quite a lot now – it is one of those skirts that is a transition piece – great for work or play! And soooo girly! I’d strongly recommend making it in jersey.

These pics show me wearing it with my Liberty top (Simplicity 2614) made earlier this summer.

Pavlova top and skirt

Here it is with my first  Pavlova top, I have also made another, but haven’t worn it yet as – (I am just loving writing this)- the weather has been too warm! How cool is that! Real summer in the UK!!

29 thoughts on “My right royal jersey Pavlova skirt

  1. Kerry

    I’ve never thought about making a jersey circle skirt but yours is fantastic! Looks like lovely drapey fabric is the key. Very elegant.

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  2. Marie

    This skirt is delicious to look at and I can totally imagine how delicious it feels against your bare legs! In fact, the whole outfit is really too cute for words Winnie! You’ve scored a home run again ;o)

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thanks Marie, yes it does feel lovely with bare legs…no tights ! But I guess it’ll be useful come autumn too, with tights. Oh, I don’t want to think about it getting cooler!!

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  3. Sam

    What a fab skirt! I love it. I have a (bought) jersey maxi skirt that I love waering, elastic waistband and all. Everything you make lately I want to add to my ever growing wishlist.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thanks Sam! I think elastic waisted jersey skirts are not what they used to be! We are proof of that, and I’m sure there are many others who will agree. Elastic waists are not all bad!

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  4. Kbenco

    A jersey circle skirt, who would have thought? It looks terrific. I am now wishing I had a dummy with a hem marker though, it looks much easier than bribing other members of the household 😉

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      That’s so kind!! I’d never thought of making it shorter to be honest! Thank you for making me think about it for next time!! Or maybe I’ll play around with this one in future…

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  5. Emma Jayne

    The colour is gorgeous. I’ve made a couple of maxi skirts but, like the first commenter, never thought about a jersey circle skirt.
    Also two things that made me smile… I’ve never used my chalk hem marker either and can’t think where the chalk is plus I have fabric for a Pavlova wrap cardi but no inclination yet due to the weather!

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  6. Ginny

    Oooh, lovely! Jersey skirts are gorgeous to wear. The only one I have is my maxi dress, but it feels so nice on. I don’t think I could ever be bothered to make one though, haha. Keep an eye on that hem over time. It may well continue to stretch out.

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  7. Nicki

    I’ll bet it is heaven to wear, looks lovely. The Pavlova is another on my “to sew” wishlist.
    I’m another who is guilty of never using my hem marker, why??? Certainly looks a lot more reliable than my eyeballing it and hoping for the best approach. You’ve inspired me to hunt out that bag of chalk.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I had never realised it would be so easy. It really does take the trauma out of getting an even hem. I’ll have to be careful I don’t run out if chalk too quickly, since I think I’ll be using this a lot!

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  8. zora read

    I have several pieces of jersey in my stash that I was not sure what to do with, I have been admiring the skater skirts that have been fashionable this year but was not sure how well they would look on me, you have inspired me to try making one for myself. Yours looks so cute.

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  9. Barb

    Gorgeous colour and fabric; love the way it drapes and swirls. You could wear this if you have a pressing need to dress up as Sandy from Grease. PS is your dummy called Barbarella?? Excellent name!

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