Sandra from The Surly Seamstress

When Sandra contacted me to show me how she had made (yes MADE!) a maxi skirt just like my Matalan one, I knew it was something to share on here. Based in Australia and with a limited clothing budget, this talented lady regularly makes clothes for herself and her kids. I'll hand you over to Sandra...
Up until now I have sidestepped the whole maxi trend, assuming that the style wouldn’t work for me. Most of the styles I have seen are usually made up in a floaty, printed fabric that just isn’t me, and while I am not averse to the neck to ankle look, gadding about in full length garb generally doesn’t mix with my current lifestyle (in other words, I don’t need to get my legs tangled up in extra fabric while trying to catch small children before they climb the bookshelves).

But then I saw this skirt on School Gate Style, and I realised that I could maybe try one out for me.

I had the fabric, dark grey cotton jersey in the stash, I had the pattern (a sort of self drafted flared skirt that I attached to the waistband from these Burda pants) and I even had the overlocker set up with the right amount of thread cones and ball point needles.
And I really needed a no brain project after the concentration sapping duffle coat (which I have now realised that I have spelt incorrectly all over the web!).

There is probably a tad too much flare in the skirt, I basically flared the skirt enough to just fit the pattern piece on the fabric width, but it doesn’t bother me enough to alter it.

Otherwise I am quite pleased with it, although I have yet to actually venture out of the house wearing it!

And if you have a hankering for one of your own, this pattern would be a good fit.

Thanks for reading...Sandra


  1. It looks fabulous - I am in awe of Sandra's skills!

  2. Lovely...I wish I could sew:)

  3. Sandra is one clever lady. And I am deeply envious of the overlocker.

  4. Anonymous22:19

    Wow - it looks great! I really wish I could sew!

  5. I'm so impressed, the skirt is a great fit!

  6. Thank you for featuring me Avril! And thank you for all the lovely comments everyone. I have been sewing for so long now that I kind of forget that not everyone sews! I love this skirt so much that I am dreaming of a navy and white stripe one for summer!


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