Now that we’ve released the new Swingset Skirt in an expanded size range, I thought it would be nice to help you get inspired to sew it by exhibiting some of the darling Swingset Skirts that some of you have made over the years. I’ve pulled all of these photos from Pinterest, where you can find a lot more inspiration. You’ll also find a lot of Swingset Skirt photos our Flickr group, where so many of you have posted great photos. I love how clever you’ve gotten with this pattern. You’ve embellished it, embroidered it, made it reversible, added trim, lengthened the lining (so it’s visible), and all number of other ways of making the pattern completely yours.
And here are a few images I found to give you additional fabric and styling inspiration for this versatile pattern. I’m especially intrigued by a couple of ideas here: one is to make the skirt in linen or cotton gauze (consider triple gauze), which gives the pattern an ethereal, delicate look with a little bit of vintage appeal. Cotton or linen gauze is mostly used for really warm summer weather, but look how cute it is when worn with tights and a sweater for fall and winter! I really love this look. I also adore the idea of using tulle as the outer layer. We’ve already done this, to a certain degree, with our free Tutu skirt, but I love it even more with this pattern because of the flare of the skirt. And here’s another idea to make it even better: look for power mesh instead of the more traditional net tulle. It will have a really nice weight and drape. Oh, and one more thing. That color-blocked version below? So, so easy to do with our color blocking tutorial.
In terms of fabric, of course you can also use quilting cottons, chambray, lawn, sateen, and even fine-wale corduroy (like Gail did, I’d suggest lining the skirt with something really lightweight–like lawn–so it doesn’t get too bulky). I’ll be sewing a Swingset Skirt for S using some of the cotton lawns from my new collection for Kaufman, which will be available in January. But I’ll show it to you before then, I promise. What fabrics are you considering for this pattern?