Introducing the Conifer Skirt!


I initially developed this skirt after getting a little too excited about a purple and green striped jersey that I found on an outrageous sale and bought kind of a ridiculous amount of it. I wanted to sew a maxi skirt since I love wearing skirts, I especially love wearing maxi skirts, and the idea of a maxi skirt from a comfy knit sounded like a dream. I wanted to play with the stripes, so I put giant shingles of fabric on the maxi skirt. The initial drafts of the skirt in the purple and green stripes have since gone the way of the thrift store (that’s why it’s pattern development – there have been definite improvements since that first draft!) but I found that I loved wearing the shingled maxi and that the base skirt that the shingles are layered on makes a great, simple skirt on its own.


Since the skirt is so simple at it’s most basic, as I was developing the pattern I had a hard timed deciding between all of the various possibilities – so I included them all! The skirt can be maxi or knee length – and many different lengths are marked on the pattern to make it easy-to-fit for women of all heights. The waistband can be yoga-style (very wide and folded over) so that it hides the elastic or it can be a plain narrow encased elastic band if you want to minimize bulk at the waist. No garment is complete without pockets (IMHO), so the Conifer Skirt has the option of including a waistband pocket just the right size for a cell phone. I like raw edges on my fabric, but I know that not everyone does and knits that roll a lot need hemming, so the skirt and its shingles can be hemmed or left raw (and there are cut lines marked separately in the pattern for both). Finally, the instructions are written for the cleanest inside finishing, but there’s also optional simplified instructions – the inside isn’t quite as clean but a beginner can follow them!

Since there are so many options for the Conifer Skirt, I put together a video talking through the different options and showing off a bunch of skirts that I have made for myself.


For the first time, SeamstressErin Designs patterns are available in print! I am so excited to offer a print version of the Conifer Skirt. In a beautiful 6″x9″ envelope (if I do say so myself), you’ll find a 12-page booklet of the instructions and the full size pattern on tissue paper.

conifer skirt photoshoot 2

I have a full sewalong for the skirt coming soon, and you can follow the progress of the sewalong by following my blog, or checking in at the Conifer Skirt web page where you will find a bunch more information about the pattern. There is also video sewalong available for purchase with the pattern that holds your hand through every step of the construction process – perfect for beginning sewists or for those of you that like learning by watching videos.

Comments 8

  1. Very nice and well thought out design! (I may have to get this one simply to check out the hidden pocket, heehee!)

    I was just on a stitcher’s guild thread this morning where we were discussing the benefits of making multiple versions of one pattern. You get the fit just right and learn the construction techniques well so you get great quality and speed of construction. And if you want variety, by using different patterns, fibres and textures you can really mix it up – just with this conifer skirt you could make a simple maxi of an oversize photo-digi print; a layered mini of stripes at different angles (or contrast stripes and dots in the same color scheme); a layered maxi in ombre effect as you have shown (very au courant); another plain short skirt in stretchy denim print; and finally a plain skirt of navy or black stretch velvet at midi length for all your cocktail, club, and opera events.

    I know you don’t show midi length but with all those hem length options it’d be a snap! Well done!

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      I totally agree that you can learn a lot from making the same pattern repeatedly. That’s a great list of ideas for the Conifer Skirt! I’d love to see you make them all!

  2. I was just looking for a pattern for a skirt just like this. I own two, and would like to make my own. What do you think about using tshirts for it? I get a lot of tshirts via tech conferences thanks to my partner, and would prefer to re-purpose them into a skirt.

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      T-shirts would work well for this pattern. You may find that the skirt gets a little stretched out with wear (until you wash the skirt) since material used in t-shirts doesn’t often have recovery in it, but I’ve made similar skirts from old t-shirts and they worked beautifully. Also, you may find that a maxi-skirt with shingled layers ends up being pretty heavy made out of t-shirt material, but not uncomfortably so – I actually like the weight for early spring and fall.

  3. Congrats on your new pattern introduction! Very thoughtful to have a video as well as that awesome flow chart. You are on your way!

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