The African Print Skirt |NL6580

This is one of those moments, that get me psyched about sewing. Minimal sewing, maximal satisfaction.

Let me introduce you to New Look 6580. This skirt pattern only has 2 pieces. The skirt from and back pattern are cut using the same pattern and there is a single waistband piece which folds over. I’ve never seen an easier pattern.

I made view C which requires 60″ wide fabric, but to my surprise, I was able to cut out the skirt on the cross-grain using 45″ wide fabric. I really wished I had premeasured my fabric before cutting it because I have no idea how much yardage I’ll need to purchase to make this awesome skirt again. If I had to guess, I had to guess, I’d say it was between 3.5 and 4 yards. But again that just a guess because this fabric came straight from my stash and I rarely mark it with the yardage it was an impromptu purchase such as this.

As far as alterations, I didn’t make any this time around. However, I have a whole slew of changes I want to make. First, I’m adding pockets. I thought about adding them in this time but decided against it because of the side zipper and I was on a tight deadline. Second, I want to turn this pattern into a dress. The billowy skirt is so beautiful that I really want to add bodice to it. The changes are fairly simple. For a full bodice, move the zipper to the back and for a strapless to leave the zipper on the side. In either case, you’ll need to add a longer zipper (probably around 20-24 inches). The strapless one may require additional boning on the sides to help keep it in place. Lastly, I can see the skirt becoming part of a costume. It moves so effortlessly, that I’m confident I can flip it into a fairy dress. Needless to say, I’m in love and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of these skirts on me.

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