Gingham Cleo Skirt

Gingham Cleo skirt

Another Cleo Skirt today! This is View B of the pattern, which features the longer length and inseam pockets, sewn up in a lovely Carolina 1″ gingham. This skirt (like my last Cleo posted) was also inspired by an image on Pinterest; this one…I’m excited at how closely inspiration met reality in this skirt!

Gingham Cleo skirt

Carolina gingham is a quilting weight fabric, so it’s heavier than something like lawn or rayon, and it doesn’t have much drape. You can see how this plays out in the way that the skirt stands out from the body, especially in the back, which you can see in the photo below. I’ll be honest: in this fabric I don’t super duper love it in the back, but that’s easily solved with the addition of a cute cardigan, or wearing it with a tee untucked in the back.

Gingham Cleo skirt

Gingham Cleo skirt

I’ve been trying for the past two years (and for the most part, successfully) to photograph everything I sew on a hanger against a white wall. I keep all of these shots in a “Made” folder in Photos labeled by year. Throughout each year I can look back at everything I’ve sewn. It’s fun to see the finished projects for each year all in one place!

Gingham Cleo skirt

I think this gingham version will be lovely for summer walks and playground jaunts with Hugo; I’m very glad I had the good sense to include a longer version of the pattern for this very reason. Spring will be here sooner than you think!

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14 thoughts on “Gingham Cleo Skirt

  1. This is my most favorite of all Cleo skirts shown so far. The midi length & gingham are just a perfect match. Well done, Rae!

  2. I love your idea of photographing everything on a common plain background. I might have to start this tradition. Often, I don’t get pictures of things because midnight sewing is not a good beauty regimen. Thanks for the idea and I love this big-gingham skirt! Off to find a blank, well-lit wall.

  3. I used to have a skirt, almost like this but a smaller check that I wore to work at the library. Renee called it my tablecloth skirt.

  4. This is too cute! if it wasn’t for the fact that gingham is purely school uniforms here in Barbados, I’d love to make a skirt like this. Maybe at these size squares it wouldn’t look too uniform-ish.

  5. I might have to borrow your idea for the collage of makes–that would be so satisfying to see at the end of the year!
    As ever, great skirt. I will be making the longer version for summer, as I don’t like to show a lot of skin. Tights are my fave.

  6. Gingham clothing is tricky to pull off, but this one’s pretty! It matches so well with your denim top. Thank you for this idea!

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