Get Up & Go Skirt for Oktoberfest

black german heel kick b

OK, so this wasn’t REALLY made for Oktoberfest, but it’s that time of year, right?  Sorta?  And doesn’t this skirt totally make you think of the Black Forest?  It’s obviously the vintage trim that makes it feel so German…

black Kona cotton Get Up and Go Skirt

To a certain degree, this particular version of the Get Up & Go Skirt was a design challenge.  I wanted to see if, with the simplest of fabrics, I could still make this pattern look fabulous.  And jubilee!!  It does!!

solid black Get Up and Go Skirt from Whipstitch

This is an absurdly simple skirt of Kona cotton in black (the best-selling fabric of all time, I’m told).  This stuff sells for something like $6 a yard almost everywhere, and you can always use a coupon.  Which would take the total cost for this skirt down to around $5 if you bought your fabric on sale.  (Heck, even full price plus thread it would only be around $10!)

black skirt and white blouse a classic Get Up and Go Skirt look

Pairing it with a simple white cotton blouse was pretty much a no-brainer.  Doesn’t get more classic than that.  And this felt breezy and chic to me, but not forced.  I am so not about looks that try too hard.  I’d much rather feel urbane and pretty in something that’s ALSO easy to wear.  Hello, elastic waist!

red vintage trim on black Get Up and Go Skirt

Now, I won’t argue with you that it’s the trim that makes the skirt.  This was something I bought from a sales stall years ago, with no idea how I would use it, just the feeling that it reminded me of my super-early childhood living in Germany (we moved to the States when I was 4) and that I desperately NEEDED to have two yards of it.  Which, clearly, I DID, because now it is the perfect thing to complete this skirt.  It’s topstitched around the hem, with the raw ends tucked under at a seam to disguise them.  So simple!

Makes me want to DANCE!

dancing black Get Up and Go Skirt

You can get a copy of the Get Up & Go Skirt, a Learn As You Sew pattern with embedded video in a tablet-friendly PDF pattern, right HERE!

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  • Robyn
    October 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Wow I love it, makes me want to go sew one for myself. And I am so not a skirt person. Maybe all I need is a special trim that calls to me.

    • Deborah
      October 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Haha! YES!! Sometimes that’s the inspiration for an entire garment. Go for it! 🙂