Have you heard the news? P4P just dropped our latest pattern and it’s the swishiest, twirliest thing we’ve put out in a while!
The Sugar Maple Skirt is an a-line skirt with a full circle drop yoke. It is designed to be worn at the natural waist and comes in four lengths: mini, knee, tea and maxi. The top yoke has a flattering, body skimming silhouette, while the fuller part of the skirt joins just below the booty.
Whichever length you choose, each provides for ALL the swishy, twirly goodness that you could hope for in a skirt. The Sugar Maple is a great basic skirt pattern to have, an excellent sewing project for beginners, and it comes together so quickly that you’ll end up making multiple before you even know what happened!
But guess what we went and did? We made it even sweeter by giving you some super easy, super fun pattern hacks to take the pattern a little further!
The best way to get a little bit of twirl into your life is with the new Sugar Maple Skirt, I think we can all agree on that! If you love the twirly, whirly skirt but like the ease of a dress then this hack is for you. My daughter is now 8 and insists on picking her own outfits, but some of her choices can be pretty adventurous and she loves a colour clash. For me, a dress is the easiest option every time. I matched the Sugar Maple Skirt with the bodice of the Rainbow Dress Youth
All I had to do was cut out the bodice of the Rainbow Dress and Sugar Maple Skirt as normal and just omit the waistband for the skirt. I sewed them each up individually as per their instructions and then laid them down next to each other to check they would fit together nicely at the waist.
I had to shave a smidge off the side seams at the waist of the bodice to get a perfect fit, but it was only 1/4″ either side. Then quarter your bodice and skirt pieces at the waist, using clips or pins.
Flip the skirt up and over the bodice so they are right sides together, and clip them together.
Finally, just sew the skirt to the bodice and you’re done. It’s as easy as that!
Twirl away to your heart’s content. I hope you love your new dress as much as we do. Happy Sewing! Dana xx
As soon as the testers started talking about their plans for the Sugar Maple Skirt, many of them decided that it’d be the perfect skirt to turn into a skort — and we have the perfect pattern to help create that with the Peg Leg Leggings! Many thanks to Kalene Bartlett, our tester extraordinare, who photographed her steps of making the ::perfect:: skort! My sisters-in-law are big runners and I think they’d adore a running skirt like this! But I’ve also heard that plenty of mommas would love to have some added coverage for chasing littles around during the warmer months….not to mention it’s a perfect solution for fighting off that dreaded thigh chafing experience while rocking skirts. Because the Sugar Maple Skirt is meant to sit at the high waist, you’ll want to cut the Peg Legs pattern at the high-waisted cut line. You’ll need:
- Peg Legs Leggings, in shortie / biker length…depending on the length of your skirt (assembled per the pattern instructions)
- Sugar Maple Waistband
- Sugar Maple Skirt top + drop yokes (assembled per the pattern instructions)
Mark the quarter points on both the Peg Legs and Sugar Maple skirt. Slide the Peg Legs inside of the skirt, right side of the Pegs facing the wrong side of the Sugar Maple. Pin/clip in place.
Find the quarter points of the waistband, and slide over the Sugar Maple / Peg Legs pieces…matching previously marked quarter points.
Sew all 3 pieces together, stretching the waistband and Peg Legs slightly to match — careful not to stretch the skirt opening.
Flip waistband up. Hem skirt and shorts.
You’re finished! Now go be like Kalene and be cut, comfortable AND covered in your new Peg Legs / Sugar Maple Skort!
I am beyond excited to see the Sugar Maple Skirts that you make! Head on over to the shop and grab yourself a copy of these new patterns! They are available on sale (no code needed) through 11:59pm CST, April 17, 2022.
Hoping for a little inspiration before diving into some Sugar Maple sewing? Head over to our Facebook group where you can see tester albums full of amazing images!