Completed: The Cascade Skirt

3 Jun

I think this might be my favorite thing I’ve made yet!

For those of you who have been around for awhile, remember this amazing fabric?
Fabric from Macedonia :D
It’s from Macedonia – my best friend bought it for me while she lived there last year. I’ve hoarded it for over a year, waiting for the ~perfect pattern to come my way. That proved to be a bit tricky – the paisley motif is fairly large (bigger than my hand), so it definitely needed to be made with a pattern that didn’t have a lot of little pieces. Since I look awful in shift dresses, I thought a maxi dress or skirt would be a good way to showcase the fabric – a lovely, floaty cotton voile. But, almost all the maxi dress patterns I found either required stretch fabric, or gobs of yardage (and I only had 2 yards). So I sat, and I waited as patiently as I could.

Then I got the Cascade pattern for my birthday, and it was like the heavens opened up and started singing to me RIGHT THEN.

Cascade Skirt

I mean, that skirt is pretty heavenly, y/y?

I did have to make a few changes to get this pattern to fit on my short yardage – I had two yards at 60″, and the pattern calls for 3. I did take about 5″ off the back length (partially to preserve precious yardage, partially because I am not an Amazonian Long Legged Beauty like the model and thus did not need a skirt that came down to my ankles :P); I also used the waistband option that buttoned, rather than the ties – again, this saved a lot of yardage. Also, just a head’s up, but I chucked another 2″ off the length once I had the skirt assembled, as it was still a little long. I love the length now!

Cascade Skirt

I sewed the XS and other than taking up the length, I didn’t make any adjustments. This is a VERY easy pattern – it definitely has a lot of wow factor, but it’s super super simple to put together. Even with the french seams and the rolled hem that is FOREVER long, it came together very quickly.

Cascade Skirt

I even had time to throw together a little tshirt to wear with it πŸ™‚ This is the Briar top, the cropped version with short sleeves. It’s basically the same as the ones I’ve made before, just shorter! I tucked the back into the skirt for these pictures, FYI.

Cascade Skirt

But let’s get back to that skirt.

Cascade Skirt

Fuck yeah.

Cascade Skirt

This shit totally makes me feel like Shakira, and I mean that as the highest possible compliment.

Cascade Skirt

And it’s perfect for showcasing this large print, so yay!

Cascade Skirt

The button-band of this skirt is actually really great for using special buttons, since you only need two.

Cascade Skirt

I love these buttons! I’ve been hoarding them for years; since I only had 2, I couldn’t find a suitable use for them. Nailed it πŸ™‚
Also, I totally used purple thread. I didn’t have any pink on hand and I think the purple actually works really well πŸ™‚

Cascade Skirt

Cascades! One thing to keep in mind if you make this pattern is that the wrong side of your fabric will show at the back (that is, assuming you don’t line it). So make sure your fabric is pretty on both sides! As you can see, mine is almost the same – just a little less bright.

Cascade Skirt

Cascade Skirt

Not much else to say here (sorry for the picture overload, btw – I got excited I guess, haha), but I’m so glad I found a use for my special fabric!

As a side note, guess who IIIIIIIIIIIIIII hung out with on Friday…
Oh nbd just hanging out with @elisalex !!!!!
Yep, that would be the lovely Elisalex from By Hand London!! EEEE!!! She was in ‘Murica for a week, and made an evening pit stop in Nashville, so OBVIOUSLY we met up and went dancin’! I also was there for her very first PBR (sorry, Oona! I know you hate that stuff, haha!) πŸ™‚ She’s just as fun (and gorgeous!!) and you’d expect in person. It was a magical evening and it was STELLAR to meet her and I’m already trying to figure out how to save up enough to go visit HER! So hopefully soon there will be a LLADYBIRD-UK edition. Yes? Yes.

Also, one last thing!!


The Refashioners is live, starting today! Head over to Miss P’s blog to check out all the posts for the next two weeks πŸ™‚

The lovely ladies involved this year are Karen, Tasha, Marie, ME (!!!), Zoe, Sally, Joanne, Liz, Dixie, and Elisalex. I am DYING to see what everyone made up, can’t wait!


58 Responses to “Completed: The Cascade Skirt”

  1. Maggie June 3, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Amazing skirt! That is such a great pattern for that print! They were clearly meant for each other πŸ™‚

  2. Sarah W. June 3, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Gorgeous skirt! Love the colors.

  3. Lori June 3, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Lauren, your skirt is gorgeous and you are right perfect for the fabric.

  4. Sabs June 3, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    You absolutely MUST do Lladybird UK – I can hang out out with you then ☺

    Love the skirt, it’s really special.

  5. Anita June 3, 2013 at 11:36 am #


  6. Thimble & Cork June 3, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Wow this skirt is STELLAR. First of all, that fabric is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. And you’re right, no pattern would do it justice like the Cascade does. That briar is absolutely perrrrrfect with it too. My jealousy meter is on overload right now – that outfit AND a night hanging out with Elisalex??? You’re superwoman I swear.

  7. Gaynor June 3, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Beautiful skirt! Whoop whoop for a UK edition!!

  8. Kelly June 3, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    It’s soooooo pretty, it really showcases your fabric! I just made one too, and I was surprised how easily it all came together, it looks so dramatic! (in a good way). I paired mine with a Briar too, they were meant for each other πŸ™‚

  9. Katy June 3, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    I just finished my version of this skirt, its such an amazing pattern! Yours is amazing, i love, love the print. I also wanted to use a special print but couldnt find something ‘special enough’. I ended up using stripes, and actually love the effect! Perfect for summer πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD June 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      OH, I was just thinking about how good a stripe would look with this skirt!

  10. ClaireE June 3, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I’m loving that print! This pattern shows it off beautifully.

  11. Chloe June 3, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Do you have to use profanity? I love your blog but could do without all the F words.

    • LLADYBIRD June 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      I’m sorry it bothers you, but no, I’m not going to edit my posts.

      • Kelly June 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

        Please don’t, something about sewing and swearing together in one place just makes me laugh, I love it!

      • Bec Stitches June 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

        All the F’s is one of the reason I love it fyi lol

        • Nicole June 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

          It’s not the reason only I read your blog, but I would miss your colourful language if it was gone! I find it very appropriate.
          Lovely skirt, gorgeous bathing suit the other day (can’t wait for that pattern)…… But what is pbr? I’m racking my brain!

          • LLADYBIRD June 4, 2013 at 8:39 am #

            PBR stands for Pabst Blue RIbbon, it’s a shitty American beer (like the really really watery kind). It’s very cheap, and can be delicious after you’ve had a few πŸ™‚ hahaha!

  12. Meg the Grand June 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    AHHHHHHHHHHHH! I love it so SO so much. Seriously. The color and print are just FANTASTIC! The simplicity of the top makes the skirt shine – one of my favorite things you’ve made, I think!

  13. ShanniLoves... June 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Nailed it! The two go together perfectly. Love that picture of you and Elisalex.

  14. Heather Lou June 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Well, you already know how i feel about your meet-up which is INSANELY JEALOUS (PBR? Dancing? Nashville? YARG!) but now you’re just rubbing salt in the jealousy wound with this skirt. So. Perfect. I’ve been eye banging this pattern since it came out but since I am not allowed to buy anymore patterns this year I’ve just been drooling over everyone else’s makes. Love the huge crazy ass print on it – if this doesn’t say sweaty summer fun I don’t know what does.

  15. Portia June 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm #


  16. Clare June 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    This looks so nice! I wouldn’t have liked that pattern but now I am tempted after seeing what you have done. I think the key is the fabric on this one. And please keep using profanity. I like it. Oh and I am hitting Nashville this summer too. Fuck. Yeah.

    • LLADYBIRD June 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      Fuck yeah indeed! Coming for anything in particular or do you just plan on floating where the breeze takes you? πŸ™‚

  17. stephanie@mabelmakes June 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I was looking forward to seeing the detailed post on this after your me made pic. It’s really lovely. I have the pattern and hope to work on it soon before the summer is out. Yours is just gorgeous and the fabric is a perfect match for the pattern! So jealous that you got to meet Elisalex! That pic of you both is great πŸ™‚ Looks like a fun night!

  18. Gjeometry June 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    What a lovely skirt! Terrific fabric and looks just so flowy and summery.

  19. Rochelle New June 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Um yeah. It’s perfect. Good job at being so perfectly perfect at perfect stuff that’s perfect lol πŸ˜‰

  20. Michelle June 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    It is lovely. That’s the length I’ll make my next one. It’s such a beautiful statement piece, but easy enough to wear any time!

  21. katlane12 June 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    That fabric is gorgeous! I think this skirt is the perfect project for it. It’s a lovely colour combination. Perfect for summer!

  22. emily June 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    LOVE love love this skirt. scheming my own versions now, I keep seeing really pretty ones popping up and this is one of the coolest — great use of your special fabric!

  23. Bec Stitches June 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Love it, looks great in that pattern, perfect showcase..
    PBR? I’m hoping this means professional bull ride? We have a mechanical bull at one of our local pubs and the drunker people get, the more hilarious it is to watch

    • LLADYBIRD June 4, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      HAHA!! No no no… I WISH that’s what it stood for! PBR is Pabst Blue RIbbon, a shitty American beer (more like beer-flavored water). It’s definitely a cult-y hipster beer, but it’s also cheap as shit.

  24. crystalpleats June 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Loooooove it! I have the pattern and am searching for an awesome printed fabric for it. You are right…big bang for the buck.

    • rae June 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

      it turned out so gorgeous! that fabric! and i love those cute buttons.

  25. oonaballoona June 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    AAAAAAAH my earth shattering jealousy is only beat by my unstoppable horror!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Jamie June 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    How did I overlook this pattern when it was released? It’s freakin gorgeous!

  27. Tiffany June 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    That skirt is super cute. I love cascade hems. It makes your legs look great! I love the bright colors of the fabric. I’ve always been partial to paisley. Where did you find it? I might take some inspiration from this skirt and make my own design.

    • Tiffany June 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

      also the buttons are a perfect match with the beautiful fabric.

    • LLADYBIRD June 4, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      The paisley fabric is actually from Macedonia! It traveled many miles to be with me, hahaha πŸ™‚

  28. missjoiedevivre June 4, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    I WANT THAT SO MUCH. I mean, I pretty much want everything after you’ve made it (seriously, there’s a world of patterns that I completed dissed until you made them) but this is possibly one of the BEST things I have ever seen here and I want it so hard I think I’m whimpering a little. On the inside, you know, so the flatmates don’t laugh at me.

  29. thesecretlifeofseams June 4, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    Gorgeous! I think my favourite part of this outfit, and your outfits in general, is how well you use colour. Plus you make patterns I wouldn’t consider look covetable.

  30. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! June 4, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Ooh ooh that is SO cool! I somehow missed at first that it wrapped in the front (don’t ask me why, I claim jetlag over stupidity in this case), but I think I “wow”ed outloud a little in the pic with you opening it up at the front. So classy but flirty and funky all wrapped into one.

    Btw I wish we could have all transported our amazing sewing-blogger meetups to the same place at the same time. Though I think our heads may have exploded! ;D

  31. Jo June 5, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    No no no, do Lladybird New Zealand Edition! lol! Awesome skirt, I’m so glad you found the right pattern for that lovely fabric! πŸ˜€

    • LLADYBIRD June 5, 2013 at 8:36 am #

      I would if it didn’t cost so much to fly out there! Boooooo!!

      • missjoiedevivre July 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

        Jo and I could have a bake sale together? I’d bake a lot of cakes for a Lladybird tour!

  32. Becca June 5, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    It’s beautiful! That fabric is absolutely gorgeous, and you really chose the perfect pattern. I would have never considered that pattern, but this makes me want to try it out so bad! I’m becoming such a copycat.

    • LLADYBIRD June 5, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Doooo it! Ain’t nothing wrong with a sewing copycat… besides, I’m pretty sure I’ve copied you countless times, aha!

  33. gingermakes June 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Ahhhhhhhhh ELISALEX!!!!! I’m so jealous! Wish I could’ve been there for the first PBR (sniff, sniff) cause I’m pretty sure it’s obvious that I have NO PROBLEMS with trashy beer.

    But yes. The skirt is fabulous! Glad you found such an awesome way to use super special fabric!

  34. kimmie June 7, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    how do you resist twirling in that bitch! It is fantastic!

  35. Kelly June 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    This skirt is so lovely on you! I really like the amount of curve you have from front to back, and that fabric is so dreamy.

  36. sallie June 10, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Gorgeous! I absolutely adore this whole outfit!! The colors are so fun and summery – and seriously – the cascade is just so PRETTY!! Really lovely!

  37. Julieanne June 13, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    This pattern has just gone on my must-sew list! πŸ™‚


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