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Cosmic Burst Patchwork Skirt

Patchwork Skirt Front

Happy March everyone! I can’t believe we are nearing Spring. I’m going to go ahead and say it – I think we officially cheated winter here in Chicago. And I’m pretty darn happy about it!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive some fabric squares from FreeSpirit designer Mark Cesarik of his uncoming line, Cosmic Burst. I knew right away they would be perfect for a patchwork skirt for my daughter. I don’t sew a ton of clothing, but when you have a little girl who wants to wear dresses and skirts everyday, you learn a few basics. I really love the Lazy Day skirt pattern from Oliver + S (free on their blog). All you need is about 1/3 to 1/2 yard of fabric and some elastic. I’ve made it several times, but this was the first time I decided to go patchwork with it.

Patchwork Skirt Back

I separated the fabric squares into thirds and sewed them together in long strips, about 42″ long. Then I sewed those strips together, staggered a bit for a scrappier look. There are a lot of seams and I didn’t want them fraying all over the place in the wash, so I did serge them and then also top stitched the rows down so the seams wouldn’t bother her. You could also use your zigzag stitch to finish the seams to help prevent fraying.


As you can see, it has passed the “hop and spin” test. My daughter didn’t want to take it off after we took these pictures, so I predict we will be getting a lot of use out of this skirt.

Cosmic Burst will be available mid April 2012.

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15 Responses to “Cosmic Burst Patchwork Skirt”

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    Sara says:

    I love it Faith! It’s beautiful and perfect for spring/summer!

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    Jeannette says:

    Adorable! I so miss having a little girl to sew for. :) (It’s not cool to wear mom-made clothes when you’re in the 4th grade… whatever!)

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    Laura G says:

    I think that the patchwork skirt would look cool indeed trendy on an adult. Quilting fabrics are so great they should not be limited to just quilts.

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    Barb says:

    Boy, you can tell she loves it! Great photographs, and neat skirt.

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    Katy says:

    Love it, so bright an cheery! Looks like a very satisfied customer too :)

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    Kara says:

    That’s adorable! You have a serger? Do you use it much?

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    Cara Cesarik says:

    The skirt is definitely twirl worthy!!!

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    Rachel Washburn says:

    I love this skirt!! What a cute idea! I want to try this but I haven’t sewn clothes since home ec. in high school. Lol!

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    nicke says:

    oh she is as sweet as candy!

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    Ellen says:

    Your hop & spin tester is just too cute for words. The smiles say it definitely passes the test!

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    suri says:

    Love that picture of her jumping! :)

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    Elle says:

    Very cute skirt! I have a question for you, though. Is there a reason you didn’t just line it? I’m just learning about clothes sewing, so I’m curious about how decisions like that are made by others.

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