the one-hour skirt (as seen on martha)

I’m so thrilled to have been a guest on today’s episode of The Martha Stewart show! Wooo! It was super fun taping the segment earlier this week, and I can’t say enough thank you’s to the staff and crew at the show. They are truly a gracious group of folks who were lovely and kind to work with, making the whole experience a pleasure from beginning to end.

Sewing alongside Martha was fun and not as freaky as I thought it would be! It’s funny, when you see someone on television so often, you start to feel like you know them in a way. So standing next to her in real life was sort of just like watching her on TV, except that I was in the TV with her, which, well, I guess I was. So it was kind of strange yet totally normal at the same time. Know what I mean?

Anyway! I thought I’d give a little more in-depth information about the project we made together, since we had to move so quickly in the segment. The photo above shows the skirts from the show — the top two are the samples the four-year-old little girls were wearing, and the bottom right is the baby-size version I made during the demo. Martha made an identical baby-size skirt but in a blue snowflake fabric, which isn’t shown here.

And this is the original skirt from the my book, Sewing in a Straight Line–as you can see, it was originally an adult skirt. This pattern is written so that you make the skirt to any body measurements, so you really can make it to fit anyone from a baby to an adult. I’ve actually made almost twenty different versions of this skirt by now, in all different sizes and fabrics, and you really can do almost anything with it, and get a zillion different results. The book sample was made in a cotton-linen blend, which was nice because it was soft and drapey, yet it still had body.

This sample from the show was made in taffeta, which made it a bit more stiff and poufy, for more of a party skirt effect. Then I stitched some metallic gold ric rac along the hem stitch line, and glued on a beaded applique. Instant party! This skirt was for a little girl but I would totally wear it in my size! As you can imagine, you could embellish this skirt in a million ways. I love the idea of adding pom pom trim along the hem or stitching a cluster of jingle bells in a random spot for the holidays. How fun would that be?

This version was made in an Echino fabric, which is an amazing Japanese fabric line that features gorgeous, whimsical prints. Kooky fabrics like these are perfect for this simple skirt–the skirt is so plain that it really allows the fabric to shine. AND an interesting print makes the skirt look really impressive and eye-catching, so it tricks people into thinking you’ve made something really spectacular, even though it was super easy. I love crafty trickery!

And here’s a close-up of the actual skirt I made on the show. It’s made from a simple quilting cotton, which is a good choice for babies because it can stand up to a lot of washing and will get softer and more comfy the more it’s worn. I think this would be so cute over little leggings for the winter, or worn alone or over bloomers in the summer.

So you see, this skirt really can be made in any size and in almost any fabric. And yes, I even went here:

…it can be made in kitty size too. But Fifi wasn’t terribly impressed with it. She is giving me some serious stink-eye in this shot.

The full instructions for this skirt are posted on the Martha site here.

Anyway, if you’re new to my blog today, hello! And if you liked this skirt, please check out my book, Sewing in a Straight Line. The book has over 25 patterns, from clothes and accessories to home decor and gifts, that are all made by sewing straight lines only. You’d be surprised how many great things you can sew even if you only have basic skills!

And if you weren’t able to catch The Martha Show today, I’ll post the clip just as soon as I can! xoxo

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  • Sharon

    Loved you on the show. You were very clear, concise & poised! Not easily done when there is so little time. Will look for your book. Have sewn longer than I can remember, but love to have quick items to make for those rushed moments. Thank you!

  • Jess

    Ok, seriously. I’m in love with your cat. Every time I see her on this blog I feel like she is able to express, in her little kitty face, all those mean little thoughts that run through my head all day. I’m not allowed to express them, verbally or through my facial contortions, because I’m a person and we’re supposed to play nice. But your cat? She’s a cat. She doesn’t give a flying flip. I totally love it.

    Happy Holidays!!

  • Rose

    Yay! Can’t wait to see the clip! How exciting….

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