My very first ever tutorial for this here blog was the Milkmaid Skirt.
2 years later, it remained our number 1 most visited post. It’s been pushed down in the ranks a little since then due to some other tutorials that have gone viral on pinterest, but it still remains a favorite.
Since it has been so popular, and because I am so very grateful to the many people who have taken the time to read and use that tutorial, I thought it needed a little update. I’ve always wanted my own, so I decided it was high time for a Milkmaid Skirt for Grown-up Girls tutorial.
Here are a couple tips if you want to alter the milkmaid skirt for your very own adult self. My main thought during construction was to keep the skirt as simple and unadorned as possible for maximum wearability. It’s definitely fun to sew and occasionally wear statement pieces, but I needed something that would blend with my store-bought wardrobe and be suitable for every-other-day wear this summer.
– The children’s version has a flat front waistband with elastic in the back. This is fine for adults, but I noticed that all of my store-bought skirts that used elastic had it all the way around. They also usually use a wide elastic, instead of the 1″ or so that is used for children. I used 2 1/4 inch elastic. The main reason I wanted to use a full elastic waistline was to eliminate the need for a zip-up curved waistband. They can be a little trickier, and I don’t know about you, but zip-up waistbands tend to cut into my fat. I like my clothes to rest precariously on top of my fat, thankyouverymuch. Also, when and if that fat (at least the portion of it that is baby-related) decides to go away, it’ll be really easy to take in the elastic at the waist.
– The children’s version uses bias binding to close off the pocket curve. Again, this is fine for grown ups depending on the look you’re going for, but I find that high-contrast trim can make a skirt look more whimsical, which also makes it look more childish. I wanted something a bit more subdued, so I opted for bias trim sewn into the seam, and I made the trim using my main fabric so it would blend. You could also do a narrow piping using the same fabric to give it a little polish.
– To add a little visual interest without making a big statement, I altered the direction of the print for my pocket pieces. It’s a subtle but special little touch.
– Instead of hemming the skirt using bias binding, I did a traditional hem. I made mine 2 inches wide because I like the look and weight of a deep hem, but a narrow hem is fine too.
– And finally, remember that you have a ton of options when it comes to nice adult-worthy fabrics! Save the cupcake and fox prints for the kiddos. Just remember that you might have to line it if you use a nice lighter weight or semi-sheer fabric.
Ok, on to the tutorial!
First you’ll need to obtain 3 numbers, X, Y, & Z to help construct your pattern pieces.
The only thing to note is that in the first box below the part marked 4 inches for ease can be altered to your taste. If you want a fuller skirt, or are using slinky fabric and want lots of gathers and draping, add some inches. 4 is just the minimum and will produce a straighter skirt like mine, where the waistband has very little gathering despite the elastic.
That’s it! Stick your hands in your brand spanking new pockets and enjoy your skirt!