Zinnia Skirt + Giveaway with City Craft

There’s no question that I love a good skirt. It was one of the first things I ever learned how to sew AND I even wrote an ebook about how to sew one for yourself! ((If you’re a newbie sewer, THIS is the book for you!)

When Colette Patterns released their Zinnia skirt a while back, I immediately knew I could make it in an array of fabrics. It was the perfect “fitted” skirt, with just enough flair. The zipper looked easy to install AND there was a button in the back. WINNING!

Callie from City Craft, a locally owned fabric boutique in the heart of Dallas, sent me some woven ikat fabric that looked like it was MADE to be paired with this skirt pattern, so I cut + sewed, and created one of my favorite looks! This skirt has so many options… I’ll be able to dress it up or down for the upcoming holiday season, which I am oh so excited about!

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On the Zinnia skirt pattern I made a couple of changes. First, I had to add two pleats to the back to allow it to fit the waistband. For some reason, the waistband ended up way smaller than the body of the skirt– easy fix! ((and most likely user error!)) Second, when it came time to sew on the waistband, I had no idea what the instructions were saying ((it was most likely the cold medicine I was taking…). So, I sewed the waistband strip down the short edges and over to the button extension flap line, flipped right side out, pressed in the raw edges at 5/8″ and just put the waistband on the skirt and sewed on the top and bottom edges. It worked out perfectly!

Wanna make one for yourself? City Craft is hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a copy of the Zinnia skirt pattern AND $25 shop credit (valid in store + online)

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Linking up with: The Pleated Poppy // Dear Abby Leigh // Style Elixer // The Train to Crazy // Real Girl Glam

xoCaroline

71 thoughts on “Zinnia Skirt + Giveaway with City Craft

  1. I fell in love with the chiffon version of the Zinnia when it was first released and would love to make it out of a pretty champagne or soft pink chiffon

  2. I would use an Amy Butler fabric. I wish I could just stop in the shop and see all the fabric. I love how your skirt turned out. I love the button detail in the back.

  3. Really cute skirt! This could be made from a variety of fabrics for different looks. A cute cotton print for a summertime look. A bold print as part of a party ensemble. A sheer with underlining, or a crushed velvet for the holiday season! So versatile. Love it!

  4. I was disappointed to see that the shop consisted mostly of empty categories. My first pick was something Art Gallery, but I’m not sure if I’d like a squared elements skirt…so I would pick Virginia Aqua by Liberty of London. Thanks for the chance to win! I NEED this pattern :)

    1. Hey Karrie! They do mostly in-store sales and are working on getting everything on their online store. If you’re looking for something in particular you can DEFINITELY give them a call and ask if they have it in store and I know they would be happy to mail it to you :) You’ll LOVE the pattern!!

  5. Your version looks great! I love Colette patterns (am making the Truffle dress for the holidays now!). Definitely think I would like to try this pattern in a chiffon.

  6. I would love to make it out of the Cynthia Rowley Big Primary print…all of her prints are gorgeous! I love your skirt and this little shop. Thanks for always sharing the best!!

  7. I was a pattern tester (I don’t need to be entered in the giveaway, but thank you!!) and I had MAJOR issues getting the skirt to fit the waistband. You have to be uber, uber persnickety about the width of the pleats and how you sew them, and even then I had to stretch the heck out of the waistband. I doubt you did anything wrong! I don’t recall the instructions.

    1. Ah! Good to know I’m not crazy! The waistband fit ME, but the skirt portion was to large to go into the waistband, so I ended up adding 2 more pleats. I assumed it was because of my laziness with the pleats. And then getting the waistband on was another issue– her instructions weren’t like her other waistbands I’ve sewn before from her patterns. Nevertheless, I really liked how it turned out!

  8. I made a zinnia out of some rayon challis that turned out wonderfully. I love your ikat! I just browsed their site and saw a metallic linen that looks pretty fantastic.

  9. I would love to make this skirt out of some metallic jacquard to wear with tights and a cropped sweater for the holidays. The jacquard would give the skirt some major body!

  10. Oooh, I would make that skirt out of some lightweight pendleton wool… or another lightweight heathered wool. Perfect for the cold temps here!!!

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