Sewing a Skirt with The Tall Mama


Today I have a little project to reveal…

Allison from The Tall Mama set me a challenge to dust off my sewing machine and complete a skirt project following her skirt tutorial.

Haven’t met Allison before?  She is a beautiful tall mum.  6ft tall to be exact.  She has two little girls and a wonderful husband.  The goal of her blog is to inspire outfit choices, especially for tall women, & to teach simple DIY’s to make clothing fit your beautiful tall frame.

Read her blog here.

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I am a fairly competent sewer but haven’t sewn anything since my youngest came along.  (I also haven’t  re-grouted the shower like I planned but who’s judging hey?)

My sewing style is Full-Throttle! I have very little patience and  swear more than your drunk uncle at Christmas.  There are often tantrums and tears but there are also triumphs.

My favourite item to date – This fabulous crop jacket (which no longer fits since I lost those 20 kilos post baby)


cropped jacket


A little sneak peek at the material I used for my skirt.




Onto the skirt challenge.  The directions are here if you are game to make your own skirt.

After a strong start that saw me measure, cut and sew my skirt in one afternoon.  I got into a bit of a time funk.

My skirt sat un-hemmed and without elastic for approximately a week (ok, lets say two weeks).

The skirt and I enjoyed giving each other the stink eye until the weekend before I knew I had to do this article.  Deadlines always kick me up the flat butt.

So in went the elastic.  Up went the hem.


I gave my skirt a quick alteration by taking some of the volume off the sides and creating a more pencil shaped skirt.  How did I know I needed to alter it?  I tried it on during the sewing process.  This is the key to ensuring your garment fits you and saves a lot of heartache (and un-picking) along the way.

So ….here it is.  The finished product.




Now, I am not usually a skirt wearer but here is my big tip for wearing a style you don’t usually wear.

GO ALL IN! Pick a style or theme and really go for it.

I used red, white and blue with some retro styling to pull this outfit together. Red shoes, big sunnies and a simple white cami paired with delicate gold accessories ensure that this unfamiliar retro look doesn’t look utterly fake on me.




I loved getting the old sewing machine going again.  Will I be sewing something else anytime soon? Um…….let’s see.

Tell me, what handy skill do you have? Are you a crafter, sewer, knitter or perhaps you kick arse in the kitchen?  Share your skill in the comments below.  I would love to know a little more about you.


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