A-Line Skirt Giveaway from my Craftsy Class!

craftsy whipstitch aline skirt giveaway

When I was sewing for my Craftsy class, Design and Sew an A-Line Skirt, I might have gotten a little carried away–I was enjoying the patternmaking so much, and refining the lessons before shooting the video that I got this idea into my head that I should make as many variations as possible.  At one point, one of my editors over at Craftsy remarked, “You’ve made so many samples!  Thank you!”  I think I was surprised that I could have made fewer, since I felt really compelled to make LOTS of samples.  That’s probably because I remember what my mom told me back when she was designing children’s clothing in the early 90s: People don’t know what they want; you have to tell them what they want.

At the time, that sounded super cynical, like it was a judgment of people and a ploy that marketers use.  But I don’t see it that way.  In fact, I think it’s a very generous portrayal of how we all get inspired: for many of us, until we see what it is we love or feel passionately about, we don’t even know that we want it, or have any idea in our heads that this could be something worth aspiring to.  But once we see it…well, it can be very hard to shake that idea out of our brains.  So as I was planning the lessons on making the a-line skirt pattern for my class, I really wanted to devote some energy to sewing as many variations as I could, to inspire students and spark their own creativity, give them some ideas for where these lessons could go and how they could adapt them to their own tastes and needs!  At the end of the course, there’s a bonus lesson where you see all the skirts, and having that many options from which to choose and ways that the pattern could be adjusted to make seemingly-endless variations was so fun that I can’t even express it in words.  (And that’s saying something, for me.)

herringbone skirt 1

Problem is, I made 16 sample skirts, and I can’t possibly make good use of 16 a-line skirts.  Not when I already have a closet full of yoked skirts from Stitch by Stitch.  I decided, rather than doing a blog tour, I wanted to offer up some of these samples to loving homes where they’ll be worn and cared for!  That’s right: over the rest of this week, I’m giving away two skirts a day, for a total of EIGHT skirts by Friday.  I hope you love them–and if you don’t win one in the random drawing, you can always draft your own pattern and make your own skirt through Craftsy!


For starters today, one yoked skirt and one with a bias-tape waistband.

I adore this herringbone fabric, and as soon as it came out, jumped on a yard of it for this skirt.  The colors are delicious and the Tula Pink yoke works with it perfectly!

herringbone skirt 2

This one has a lined yoke, and all the skirts have an invisible zipper.  At the upper waistline edge, the skirt measures 35″ and is designed to be worn below the waist.

herringbone skirt 3

This second skirt, made from the same original pattern but with tweaks, is sweet and simple and goes with just about anything.  I love the green and the cuckoo clock pathway print from the Hideaway collection.

hideaway skirt 4

This skirt has a bias tape waistband, the basic technique taught in the Craftsy class–and one that I use in all kinds of situations to finish off edges and make for a clean presentation.  It’s really magical stuff, bias tape.  Another invisible zipper here, which I love.  Looks SO clean and polished from the outside!

hideaway skirt 2

The upper waistline edge of this skirt, which is also designed to be worn below the waist, is 34″.  That equates to roughly an 8/10 or so, depending on whether you want to wear it closer to your waist or let it fall closer to your hipline.  Measure yourself and see if it’ll fit you–and if not, chances are you have a friend who would love to have a handmade skirt that’s been on the internet, right??

To win either of these skirts, just leave a comment–that’s it!  Winner will be chosen at random, and TWO more skirts will be showcased and given away EACH day for the rest of the week!  Winners for all the skirts will be announced on Monday, February 18 here on the blog.  Consider it a Valentine’s Day/President’s Day gift from me (and Craftsy) to you!

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  • Allison
    February 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    These are so super cute! I’m going to have to sign up for the class!

  • Erin
    February 12, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Love both these skirts and the pattern is great!

  • Ashley Franklin
    February 12, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Would love to win one! Very cute! 🙂

  • Kimberly
    February 12, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Love them! And they would fit me!

  • Cheltzey
    February 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I would love one!

  • Dree
    February 12, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Very cute! And I think they would fit me! My problem with sewing skirts is the hemming…I can’t get it level 🙁

  • Jaci
    February 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Oooh I hope I win one! I’d love to have something to go off of when i get to it in your book! 🙂

  • Kristi
    February 13, 2013 at 12:10 am

    What a fun give away!

  • melissa
    February 13, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Fantastic! Thank you. 🙂

  • Allie
    February 13, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Woot woot! Coming over from Instagram. Love all your skirts and possibilities! Love that either of these skirts would add an awesome pop of color to my mom’s wardrobe! SOO great! Thanks!

  • Lindsay
    February 13, 2013 at 12:29 am

    How fun!!! Love them both 🙂

  • Michelle
    February 13, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Yay! These skirts are so fabulous. Thanks for a chance to win one. My fingers are crossed for the green houses…..

  • Janice
    February 13, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Cute! Love the bright colors! And now I’ve got another class to put on my Craftsy list!

  • Melanie C
    February 13, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I would love to win!!! A new skirt for spring would be great!

  • Michelle
    February 13, 2013 at 1:39 am

    My comment disappeared!!! Hope I’m still entered to win one of these pretties.

  • Alisa
    February 13, 2013 at 1:41 am

    I would love a skirt, it would be perfect once I’m out of these maternity “larger-than-life” yoga pants.. 3 more months! 3 more months!

  • Melissa
    February 13, 2013 at 3:33 am

    A skirt is a nice gift. It sure beats wearing jeans.

  • Amanda Coleiro
    February 13, 2013 at 3:54 am

    These are gorgeous! What a lovely giveaway to have.

  • House of Pinheiro
    February 13, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Would be happy with any of those cute skirts.. It’s lucky they are my size yeahhh

  • Lorene
    February 13, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I would love a skirt!!!

  • Heather
    February 13, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Beautiful skirts! Your class is on my Craftsy wish list!

  • Charlotte
    February 13, 2013 at 6:57 am

    love the green fabric! now I want to go make a skirt!!

  • Cheryl
    February 13, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Those are the most adorable skirts!

  • Suzanne
    February 13, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Cute skirts. Would love to win one

  • Hannah
    February 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

    What a fun giveaway!

  • Donel
    February 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Both skirts are really cute. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Leslie Piper
    February 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

    OMJEEBUS those are SO cute! I would love one 🙂

  • Kathie
    February 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Have to try …. Thanks for your generosity. I love the herringbone colors and contrast. Also can’t wait for the chance to see your work first hand and continue my sewing education. Thanks .

  • Katie @ mianpian
    February 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Love these, especially that herringbone. Great job, would love to have these in my closet!

  • Suzanne
    February 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I love the pink one! Hopefully it will fit if I win 🙂

  • Katie
    February 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I love the cuckoo skirt! The fabric is so playful and fun. Great giveaway!

  • Ellen Lamb
    February 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  • Laura
    February 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I actually love the idea of so many variations on one theme!

  • Jennyroo
    February 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    These are so beautiful! And I am an 8 or 10 so I think they will fit me perfectly!

  • Hueisei
    February 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I love to win one. Thanks for the chance 🙂

  • a
    February 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    They are beautiful!

  • Stephanie
    February 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Adorable. Would love to win one! 🙂

  • Taryn
    February 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Wow – you really are the Boss! Your giveaway is unadulterated awesomeness. Even if I don’t win one, I just wanted you to know that! I, too, have a closetfull of yoked A-line skirts based upon your Stitch by Stitch pattern- which was one of the 1st patterns I ever sewed up and remains to this day my TNT pattern for skirts – in everything from old thrifted sheets to vintage wool… although none of them were made by you and although my skillz hath improved,they are not quite as polished-looking as yours… That pink herringbone is sooo dreamy;had I come across it, my wallet wouldn’t had a fighting chance.Also, I completely agree with your mother; she’s a smart cookie indeed.Have a great one, see ya tomorrow!

  • Karen Meadows
    February 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Pick me pick me pick me!

  • Amanda
    February 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I don’t want to win, because I’ve taken Deborah’s class and have SO many plans for more skirts (and may end up with as many as Deborah)! That said, if anyone is on the fence about taking the A-line skirt class… DO IT! So worth it!! If I can make a skirt that I can actually wear to work and get compliments on… well, then ANYONE can do it.

    So if you don’t win one of these awesome give-aways… sign up for the class!

  • Kelly E
    February 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I love both of those and need them with summer coming up. I live in Florida. 🙂

  • kelly
    February 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Beautiful skirts! Thanks for sharing them with your readers!

  • mjb
    February 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I especially love the yoked one!

  • Katy
    February 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Ooh, super cool, and in my size too, excellent 😀 Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  • Katie
    February 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I would love to win, perfect for spring 🙂

  • carole
    February 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I would love to win either of these lovely skirts!! And is the pattern available for purchase? I really enjoying your knew book – on my second Everyday handbag right now. It’s SO useful.

  • Kristie
    February 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Great fabrics. I would love to give one of your creations a new home.

  • Erin
    February 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Great giveaway! I love the herringbone, and now I really want your book.

  • Jenn
    February 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Gorgeous! Would love to win!

  • Brooke
    February 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Love these! Thanks for being such a generous giver 🙂 my fave of these two is the pink one!

  • Karen Chatters
    February 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I love the madrona road herringbone. LURVE it!!

  • usairdoll
    February 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Both of these skirts are gorgeous! They would look beautiful on my daughter.

    Thank you for a neat giveaway and a chance to win.


  • Megan
    February 14, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Love them! And I’m really excited to go check out your class on Craftsy – I’m getting really interested in pattern-making and want to learn anything I can!

  • michelle
    February 14, 2013 at 10:24 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the herringbone skirt! Love that its my size!

  • Rhonda aka Quilter in The Gap
    February 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I love these skirts….all of them! BTW, I am off to check out this class…I want to make beautiful skirts too!

  • Natalie L
    February 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    ahhh!!! i can’t decide which of these skirts i love more. they’re both ridiculously awesome. thanks!

  • ~Michelle~
    February 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I’m really diggin’ the pink! I think it will fit me – and if not, that means I need to get my post-baby body back to pre-baby body (seriously, how/why does your weight migrate around your body from pregnancy??).

  • Theresa
    February 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    How pretty. I would love to win.

  • Angela
    February 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    What gorgeous skirts and you are giving them away!!!! to some lucky person out there

  • Amanda
    February 15, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I would <3 to win one of these, especially #2.

  • Jennifer
    February 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    these are so cute! fingers crossed!

  • Rebecca
    February 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    LOVE the Herringbone print!

  • Paula
    February 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve never tried to make clothes for me, only made some things for my daughter. Maybe this spring I’ll get to sew a skirt for myself 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • ashley
    February 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    oooh i want some of the fabric with the houses on it lol

  • Layne Perkins
    February 16, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Such cuteness! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Laura
    February 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Darling fabrics!

  • Rena Gleason
    February 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Love them! The green is adorable!

  • Erin
    February 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    The pink herringbone is fantastic. This is giving A-line skirts a whole new space in my creative brain.

  • Brooke
    February 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Lovely skirts! I need to make some more skirts. I’m not a pants kind of gal!

  • Waimun
    February 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Ohhhh….Beautiful skirts!
    I hope can win one….these very cute 🙂
    Thanks for the chance

  • Sara
    February 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    The are all SO CUTE! Great job!

  • Brianne
    February 18, 2013 at 12:26 am

    such cute skirts, I think I love them all!!