THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

June 20, 2006

Simplicity 4237 Bubble Skirt – Part 2

Filed under: Fit/Pattern Alterations,Pattern Reviews — Gigi @ 7:27 am

by Diva Gigi 

Before I cut out my skirt I checked the finished length on the pattern envelope – 21″. Perfect, or so I thought. Don’t be misled – the finished length is 21″ from the top of the fold-over waistband to the hem. But, once the waistband is folded over the actual length is about 18″. Just a wee bit too short for me!

However, I was happy with the way the skirt fit so I simply added 3.5″ of length just below the hip (don’t forget to lengthen the lining as well). If you simply add on at the hem you will increase the circumference and, therefore, the bubble-factor. I wanted just a touch of bubble on a slim skirt so this worked out perfectly.

I chose a rayon/lycra jersey from Lucy’s Fabrics for the final skirt. I was a bit short on fabric and am not at all happy with the accidental almost-match of the waistband. However, I’ll be wearing a wrap blouse with it so that part will be covered anyway. Notice that I also eliminated the fold-over cuff on the waistband. I used a slippery nylon/lycra stretch lining from Emma One Sock to line the skirt and underline the waistband. The waistband does not call for lining but my jersey was rather thin and drapey so this beefed it up a bit.


  1. That’s such an understated bubble, much more current than the 80’s puff balls. I want to make one now!

    Comment by touran — June 20, 2006 @ 9:52 am

  2. Very stylish and elegant version of the bubble skirt. Enjoy wearing both skirts.

    Comment by Els — June 20, 2006 @ 10:16 am

  3. What a pretty skirt. I have this pattern and have been waiting to see what you did with it!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — June 20, 2006 @ 10:47 am

  4. I like the “almost match” of the waistband. Great skirts. The daughter of family friends of ours wore a bubble bridal dress for her wedding in the early 1960’s. So in fashion at the time, and so very untraditional for our small town. A teenager at the time, I loved the dress and still like the style.

    Comment by patsijean — June 20, 2006 @ 10:47 am

  5. Gigi, I really like the second version of this skirt. Au courant without being over the top! And I too, like the matching waistband!

    Comment by cmarie12 — June 20, 2006 @ 11:52 am

  6. Gigi – I think it’s fabulous. I need to make one now. I’m such a follower 😐

    Comment by Gaylen — June 21, 2006 @ 7:30 am

  7. I love this interpretation of the bubble skirt! I also have that fabric from Lucy’s and would never have thought to use it as a skirt! I need to get out of my rut. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Comment by Nneka — June 30, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

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