Sew Liberated Gypsum Skirt (Intermediate)

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The Gypsum Skirt is the fraternal twin of the Arenite Pants - same ridiculously comfortable waistband and drapey pockets, more flounce. Layer it under or over dresses, wear it with a boxy top or cami, and shorten or lengthen the pattern depending on the season. View A has unique, crescent-shaped pockets and instructions for French-seamed pockets and flat-felled seam finishes of the four skirt panels. View B is the perfect introduction to garment sewing (or just a quick sew) with the same shape as View A, but sporting only two panels and inserted, side seam pockets.

Fabric and materials recommendations:

The Gypsum Skirt is designed for woven fabrics. For View A, look for rayon challis, tencel twill, silk noil, or other fabric with fantastic drape. View B can handle a slightly stiffer woven fabric in addition to those recommended for View A. Good possibilities include mid-weight linen, double gauze, cotton ikats, and lightweight denim.

For View A:

45”-wide fabric: 3 1/2 yards

54”-wide fabric: 2 3/4 yards

For View B:

Sizes 0-12, all fabric widths: 3 1/4 yards

Sizes 14-24, all fabric widths: 3 1/2 yards

For the waistband, 2” Soft Waistband Elastic.

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  • 4
    Gypsum skirt

    Posted by Dani on 16th Jan 2019

    I really loved making this skirt. I'd describe myself as an enthusiastic beginner and I felt really accomplished after making this. The pattern is really clear and fun and the finished skirt is exactly as I pictured it! I've given it 4 stars because the waist band I cut was very slightly too short and the notches didn't line up, which meant I had tiny puckers in the finished skirt. I don't think this spoils the garment, but next time I make this I will cut the waistband *after* sewing the side seams of the skirt together so I can cut it to exactly the right length.