The Donna Skirt is Completed!

I’m very, very happy that this project has been so much fun to share with my blog readers. I’m also delighted with the way the bias organza hem tape holds out the flares. If I had a 1950s style crinoline or petticoat I think the look would be even more retro. However, I like everything as it already is and am confident a regular slip will be enough to support the shape of the skirt for anyone who chooses to use the techniques shown for this skirt.

Front view of The Donna Skirt.

Back view of The Donna Skirt.

Please note: The straight pins are used right now because of the extra ease added to the skirt waistline. Once the blouse is finished and tucked in they will no longer be needed when displaying the finished outfit.

Labels made by Namemaker.

I always enjoy adding a custom made label to a project that turns out well. I liked the retro feeling of these labels with woven cherries on them. I think every sewist who does a good job should consider getting some custom made labels to sew inside of her creations. It can be very satisfying to put your name to something well made.


If you would like to make a skirt like this using your own measurements please reference the following postings and page:

How To Take Measurements


The Donna Skirt pattern diagram


Selecting the correct waistband height

The Donna Skirt Waistband Pattern

Working with Waistband Stiffener


Lapped Zipper Application
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Bias Cut Hem Tape


Marking and Hemming a Half Circle Skirt
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5 thoughts on “The Donna Skirt is Completed!

  1. Hi Em! I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch but things have been craaaazy with moving and Christmas, as I’m sure you can imagine. Your pattern arrived 2 weeks ago and I’m DESPERATELY excited about giving it a try. Everything I’ve been sewing is gifts for small people but I’ve got some time off between Christmas and New Year so will have some time to do some sewing for myself! Your skirt has turned out beautifully and I can’t wait to give it a try. I have a crinoline (just made from soft organza) so should be able to give a demonstration of what it looks like, if you’re curious 🙂

    Please keep up these lovely posts, I really enjoy reading them!


    • Rosie, I understand completely. Same thing here except for me work is the thing keeping me busy. Still I manage to fight all the other distractions and am on track for a lovely Christmas holiday. I’m super excited to see how it turns out for you, too. The collar is still new to me. The front neckline curve is something I never saw on a flat fitted collar before. I’m going to do a post on how this works out. So far I’ve found that since the front of this collar is on the bias it needs to be carefully handled. I had one already go wonky because I overhandled it when pressing on a June Tailor Board. I remembered then something we did at school and that simpler way worked out.

      I’d love to see your crinoline, too.

      Most of the size 4 pieces I’m doing are a way for me to get back into the groove. My personal measurements require so many fitting corrections that for now I’m just doing everything in size 4.

      More patternmaking diagrams will be coming in the New Year.


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