Skirting the Issue :: Pip Skirt PDF Tutorial

Hello everyone!  I’m so very excited to get the opportunity to participate in the fabulously philanthropic Skirting the Issue event hosted by Simple Simon & Co.!  I tried to go the extra mile and give you something a little special: a downloadable PDF tutorial.


Pip Skirt Tutorial Title

The skirt is a quick and easy sew for girls’ sizes 12 months through 12 years.  Dimensions are given for all sizes, so you don’t have to rely on measuring a child to make a skirt (or a dozen) to donate.  I illustrated the tutorial in a similar style to the patterns I offer for sale in my pattern shop.

These graphic illustrations are easier on printers if you decide to print them, and can be much clearer than a photographic tutorial since there are no competing fabrics, shading to show right and wrong sides, and pieces can be made transparent to see what’s happening below.


Pip Skirt Tutorial 2

The pockets are what sets this skirt aside from a plain gathered rectangle.  They are formed from a single panel folded accordion-style.  They’re nice and big for stashing all the little treasures girls like to gather.  Anyone else have to dig through their kids’ pockets before laundry to be sure you’re not washing a collection of rocks, flowers, and nuts?


Pip Skirt Tutorial 3

You might recognize the style from my Let’s Go to the Movies themed outfit for Project Run & Play.  I made a whole ensemble inspired by the movie Pretty in Pink which included a dress with these same pockets.  I loved the dress so much and it seemed so fitting to make it into a skirt for Skirting the Issue.  Do you catch where I got the idea for the name?


Pip Skirt Tutorial 1

And it’s perfect for jumping and twirling!  So pop on over to my pattern shop and download the tutorial!  I’d love it if you followed me on Instagram at @jennuinelife, or liked my Jennuine Design Facebook page.  That way you’ll be able to see any new patterns I’m releasing, or more freebies like this!


Skirting the issue with Simple Simon & Co.

If you haven’t been sent over from Simple Simon & Co., you might be wondering “What the heck is Skirting the Issue?”.  In a nutshell, in Elizabeth and liZ’s words, it’s “A month long event where you are invited to sew along with us and make skirts to donate to local Foster Care centers”.  The skirt I made that Hadley is modeling will go to my local center, along with any others I can manage to whip up through the end of July.  Check out more skirt tutorials at Project Run & Play and Simple Simon & Co.


10 Responses to Skirting the Issue :: Pip Skirt PDF Tutorial

  1. Anne July 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

    I love this!!! Such a cute skirt! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:

    • Jennifer July 25, 2014 at 6:01 PM #

      Thanks so much Anne! Always brings a lot of visitors when you feature something.

  2. Deborah Devine July 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM #

    Darling skirt and thanks for the great tutorial. I love to learn new sewing trick.

    • Jennifer July 25, 2014 at 6:01 PM #

      Thanks so much! I love being able to lend my skills to a new cause and this tutorial was fun to create.

  3. Rebecca July 25, 2014 at 5:18 AM #

    I linked from craftgossip and I really love this skirt but I can’t seem to download the pdf. Every time I add it to the cart it says the cart is empty.

    • Jennifer July 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM #

      I’m not sure what could be happening. You should be able to download directly from the cart, or from the link in the e-mail you’ll receive.

  4. Sarah July 30, 2014 at 7:01 AM #

    SO PRACTICAL AND UNIQUE: PIP SKIRT pattern! I love the panels on both sides of the elastic waist girl’s skirt. The pocket sewn in the panel from a coordinating print fabric is FAB. So EASY to sew … cute & stylish design from the “usual” gathered skirts. I plan to sew a couple cotton skirts for grandnieces, ages 3 to 10 years old. thanks for sharing. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

    • Jennifer July 30, 2014 at 8:21 AM #

      Thank you so much! I hope to see your Pip Skirts when they’re finished!


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