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Tulip Skirt

Sew Over It

The Tulip skirt sewing pattern from Sew Over It is a great wardrobe staple. The pattern features  pretty slanted pleats at the front, with darts at the back. The side seams curve to give that lovely silhouette, and in-seam pockets. Sitting at the waist, it has a curved waistband, designed to hug your waist with maximum no-gape effect. With both a mini and a knee-length option, the Tulip is your best friend for all seasons and occasion.

What we think: This would work in lots of fabrics, make it in a denim for a more casual look or a suiting for something smarter.

Suggested Fabrics: A mid-weight woven fabric with a decent structure.

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Additional information

Fabric

Chiffon / Georgette, Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Denim / Corduroy, Linen, Silk / Satin / Sateen, Wools / Suiting

Size

8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

Pattern format

PDF

PDF Printing

24 Pages

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5 out of 5 stars

9 reviews

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  1. 5 out of 5 Kamala Cotton Tulip Skirt

    Holly Stevens

    So I definitely did not realise I would love this skirt as much as I do! The Sew Over It Tulip Skirt is a really flattering, short or knee length skirt pattern which is suitable for all seasons and loads of different body shapes. Originally I thought the voluminous shape of it would overwhelm my shape (or lack of!) but I wanted to give it a try as I’d seen so many lovely versions online!
    The pattern itself is high waisted, with pleats at the front and back, it includes in seam pockets and is closed with an invisible zip at the back. It can be made in a vast array of fabrics too from medium weight cotton (my favourite), corduroy, crepe, denim, a wool mix (I’ve got one of these planned) or even a ponte roma! I bought this AMAZING Kamala cotton by Dena Designs from Sew Me Sunshine back in the summer. I couldn’t resist the bright design and almost immediately knew it would be a great Tulip Skirt. The fabric has a mid blue background with bright orange and green floral motif inspired by bohemian chic all over it.
    For the full review and more photos head to my blog here:
    https://thatssewpeachy.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/sew-over-it-kamala-cotton-tulip-skirt/
    Happy sewing, Holly x

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    buttonnpip

    The tulip skirt from Sew Over It was my first ever independent pattern. It was where my sewing journey began! The pattern in usual fashion has brilliant instruction with clear illustrations, simple pattern notions to follow and a great fit. The tulip share creates a wonderful feminine feature which is a classic shape that is great for all occasions. I’ve made this one from a heavy weight cotton. Others I’ve made are in demin, cordary and even woollen tartan. The added pockets just finish the skirt and even though they are shallow which means you can’t quite fit your phone into them, I love how they add to the tulip silhouette. I have only made the short version as I’m not sure the shape of the knee length version would suit my style.

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    messyessymakes

    Love this pattern! I ve written a review before, all I ll add here is that it works even better with a fabric with body – here my 2 latest, one in Liberty twill and one in brocade.

    I wrote a review of it within this post
    https://messyessymakes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/my-top-8-favourite-patterns.html?m=1

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    messyessymakes

    Great pattern! Easy to make, great instructions and a good fit for me! I lined the skirt and I added the bow as I made a mistake and cut a hole in the waistband whilst trimming the seam allowance ?. So the bow covers that up. And actually I quite like it! Only tips from me on this one are:
    – use fabric with some body for the shape
    – I found the pockets too low so check their placing before sewing.

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  5. CarolineJ16

    Tulip Skirt

    CarolineJ16

    A lovely pattern from Sew Over It with clear instructions. I have made two in a medium weight cotton that nicely holds the structure of the pleats but gets a little crumpled with wear. Both skirts are fully lined and have an invisible zip finish. I lengthened the skirt by 2cm (I’m 5′ 8” / 172 cm) and it hits just at the knee.
    There are also pockets which I didn’t add to these versions but will at a future date.
    I have blogged in more detail here: http://carolinejoynson.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/tulip-skirts-sew-completed.html

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  6. Tulip Skirt

    EmilyRR

    I loved making this skirt. The pattern comes together beautifully and I am very pleased with the result.

    I was given the pdf version to download as a gift. I normally buy paper patterns as I get fed up with the large files and putting all the pieces together. Also we lost our printer’s cables moving house so any printing involves a trip to the library – in this case however it was definitely worth it! I still managed to mess up printing it a bit as my test box came up as 10.4×10.7cm but decided that such a small discrepancy could be added to the ease on the waist and the length would be less crucial (and I couldn’t bring myself to go back!). I cut a size 12 based on my waist measurement. I used a heavier cotton as suggested, so that it would hold its shape well. I altered the arrangement of the pieces a bit so only needed 1.5m.

    The instructions are very clear, well written and easy to follow. The only thing I would change is the fabric on the sample skirt used in the pictures to one with a more obvious right and wrong side. I made it a bit more complicated by lining the skirt but am very pleased I did. I also took the time to hand finish the hem and inside of the waist band – so satisfying to make something that looks so nice on the inside too!

    Over all this skirt took me 4-5 evenings to complete but I’m not quick and someone more experienced (or with less interruptions!) could complete it in one session. I am already planning a shorter length version!

    Also: pockets. ?

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  7. Tulip Skirt

    stitchmystyle

    I made this the weekend after it was released – it’s such a lovely pattern!

    I got a bit confused with the pleats I have to confess so in the blog post I did I included a little video tutorial in case helpful for other people (and to remind me!) you can see that post here: http://www.stitchmystyle.com/#!tulipskirt/oh4ra

    I used a satin backed polyester crepe which I think was the perfect weight and drape for this pattern and it didn’t need lining because of the satin backing! Winner!

    I subsequently made a hack of this skirt with the BHL Anna bodice and I took the sides in a bit so the tulip shape was slightly less exaggerated and that turned out really nicely.

    Lovely pattern though, only takes a couple of hours to make and it really flattering. The only tricky bit is the pleats so have a look at the link above if you haven’t done these before and would like a little reminder!

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  8. Tulip Skirt

    redwsews

    I bought this pattern on release and have really enjoyed making it. It probably took longer to stick the pattern together and cut it out than it did to sew up, despite fully lining the skirt.
    I made it up in quite a stiff suiting fabric as a wearable muslin; if I made it again I would pick a slightly lighter weight fabric, I think it might look a little better.
    I chose to fully line the skirt and also made the pocket bags out of lining material so as to reduce bulk.
    I absolutely love the look of the pleats on the front and the pockets. I would say that the mini description is accurate; I’m likely to make the longer length next time as I’m wanting to wear this for work and would feel more comfortable, but that is pure personal preference.
    There are more details on my blog if you’d like them!

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  9. Tulip Skirt

    penguinandpear

    When I saw this new skirt by SOI I had to try it. I really like the shape of it and how it looks in general. I downloaded the PDF and put the pattern pieces together. This can be quite time-consuming but I prefer PDFs as they are cheaper than the paper counterparts and you can print them off as much as you need to.

    Initially I made a practice skirt with polycotton but I am no huge fan of this material and as soon as I realised how straight-forward this make is, I skipped to my allocated fabric – a mustard twill.

    I have made a few skirts in my time so I am by no means a newbie. However, I think someone new to sewing could follow this pattern with relative ease. The instructions are straight-forward and easy to understand, although I thought the instructions for the waistband could have been clearer (I feel a new sewist might struggle to see which side of the waistband to pin to the skirt).

    I am not a fan of hand-sewing (like many of us) but I am slowly coming around to the idea that it is worth the effort. I hand-stitched the waistband facing in place and was pleased with the result. I found installing the invisable zip easy (but I have done these before). I didnt want to hand-stitch the hem so I decided to do a skinny turn instead of the one instructed but either would have worked fine.

    I am new to serging and this is the first project I have fully serged. It has given a much more professional look – and takes the hassle out of trimming down seams – but I did find serging the pocket curves a challenge. I definitely felt that I progressed my skills with this project.

    All in all I really liked this project and intend to make many more versions of this skirt, which can easily be completed in an evening.

    Claire – http://www.penguinandpear.co.uk

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