hopscotch skirt inspiration

This is the very first prototype I made for the Hopscotch Skirt pattern.

As you can see, my design initially included a tie at the waist. When I finished making the sample I decided this was just one too many details on the skirt, which already includes fun pockets and the button placket. Because I wanted to focus on the button placket, I eliminated the tie from the final pattern. But it’s a cute design detail, and I wanted to show it to you in case you want to add a tie to your own skirt.

The ties get sewn into the side seams when the front and back panels are sewn together. I gave each tie a little pleat so it could fit the waistband but would still be wide enough to make a nice puffy bow in the front.

For reference, each tie on this size 3 sample is 25″ long and 1 1/2″ wide. You could also use a ribbon instead of self fabric. Maybe you’ll want to eliminate the pockets and include the tie instead? Play with this idea and see what you can do with it.

9 Comments

  1. Emily

    This is SO ADORABLE. I agree that it’s too much, with the placket and the pocket, but I LOVE the bow. I will be trying this soon.

  2. Funny, I planned to make another one of these skirts with a front tie. I have a mommy-sized tulip skirt almost exactly like this pint-sized version and it has ties (though no awesome chinese takeout pockets). I like your older patterns, but since I got my mitts on the Hopscotch, I’m dying to try your other new ones. This pattern seems more refined than the average pattern, I didn’t change any of the finishing details (as I usually do). And of course, easy to follow, which is great.

  3. Not too much for me! In a plain , perfection !

  4. ASM_Blue

    Wow! I’m really a bow person (LoL)!
    Would love to try this one, but will probably have to wait a bit as my little girl is currently in the “discovering” bows phase (trying to figure out how to do it by herself afterwards).

  5. Very cute skirt! I think it would look darling both ways.

  6. I really like that you share these kinds of things with us. I think I like this skirt better without the bow.
    BUT, hmmm, I can imagine this skirt in a small print with a solid contrast belt? Oooh, maybe the pockets and belted bow in both in different fabric? I’d like to see other takes on this.

  7. Love the tie, I would try a different type of pocket, in the side seams maybe? This railroad denim is definitely my favorite version of the skirt so far though!

  8. OH goodness – totally love this!

  9. So I’ve been wanting a winter skirt and sketching things out. THIS is my dream winter skirt! Too bad I’m not 6 years old!! Can’t wait to see the new fabrics guys! Good luck at Quilt Market!
    xx
    E&A

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