wiksten tulip skirt

It’s no secret that I adore Jenny Gordy‘s patterns and I’ve wanted to get my hands on the Tulip skirt pattern for ages. I always thought it was sold out, but it’s actually available online (thanks to Neus for the tip!).
With spring some time away the navy corduroy seemed a good choice for a fall/winter version of the skirt.

I was a bit intimidated because the instructions came without pictures but I needn’t have worried: The skirt sewed up like a dream, using simple techniques I already knew.
I didn’t have any fusible interfacing (also, I hate fusible interfacing), so I opted for sewing in some lightweight muslin instead. I’ve never sewed in interfacing before, but it worked fine.

The pattern calls for a bit of handsewing to finish the placket and waistband. I actually really like handsewing and I love how pretty and invisible handsewn finishes are.
Since neither of my two vintage sewing machines have a button hole feature I handstitched the buttonholes…twice, at least. The thick, interfaced corduroy placket made it a bit of a pain so I’d recommend using machine-made buttonholes when possible!

I made the smallest size and it fits really well and is such a versatile style and color that it can be worn with just about anything. A slight drawback turned out to be the fabric choice: Even though I picked the thinnest corduroy I could find the skirt is still a bit too stiff and doesn’t drape as well as I should like. I’m hoping it’ll soften when washed a couple of times.

I can’t wait to make a summer version of this. I’m thinking a nice soft linen or linen/cotton mix, maybe a light brown or grey…this will definitely not be the last tulip skirt!
In other (totally unrelated) news: I’ve found the perfect way to curl my very thin hair! The solution is rag curls and just 4 in total (two on each side of the head). The result is big soft curls instead of frizzy baby curls which is what I get when I try to curl my hair in any other way. I did actually take a photo of the rags in my hair but it turned out too embarrassing to post, so you’ll just have to imagine it (or look at Anna’s post on rag curls).

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16 thoughts on “wiksten tulip skirt

  1. Neus

    Super welcome!
    Wowwww Kristina! It’s very nice!!! You have done a perfect job!
    I’m so scared about cutting the fabric and follow all the steps correctly!
    I’ll start today, but I’m not sure when I’ll finish mine! ;)

    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Neus and I’m sure you’ll love yours just as much! I found that some of Jenny’s corrections seem to be worked into the digital pattern already, but you do have to shift the pleats 1.5″ to the side seam like she advised.
      Have fun making it and let me know if there’s any step you need help with. I don’t think you’ll need it though, you’ve made the Tova Top before and the techniques used are very similar.
      Can’t wait to see yours :)

      1. Neus

        Oh-oh I’m afraid I didn’t added any extra 1.5”cm. to the side seam… I should have added it just to the side seam (back and front?). Ohh wish that this pattern it was in Spanish, it would be much easy to understand! Thanks for your help!!

          1. tidytipsy

            Don’t worry, you didn’t do anything wrong :) You don’t have to add extra. You see the markings for where to make the pleats on the pattern. But they are too near the placket, so you just make new markings, shifting each mark 1.5″ to the side seam and then make your pleats as indicated in the instructions. You make the pleats quite late, when you sew the waistband to the skirt body, so you can also just eyball where you want them to be ;)
            Edit: wait, maybe you can see it a little how I marked it on the pattern in this photo

          2. Neus

            What a relief!! Thanks so much for all the explanation and for the photo too!!! It has been really helpful! Now I understand everything clearly! :)
            Have a nice weekend Kristina!!

  2. lauren

    It looks really, really good! You did such a nice job. And I’m so excited for that link – I had also looked for that pattern and I think I couldn’t get a back order of the issue it was published in. Thank you!

  3. tidytipsy

    Thank you all!!
    Lauren, I think you’d really like it as well and I’m sure your version of it will be gorgeous!

  4. Karen

    Hi Sophie, just thought I would let you know that this shape is not a tulip skirt. Tulip skirts are full at the waist/top hip using pleating, and narrow at the hem!

    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Karen and true! I don’t really know why it’s called Tulip skirt, but probably not in reference to the shape :)


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