My latest project is back to grown-up size clothes, and a perfect Spring skirt. It’s another Sew Over It Pattern, The Rosie Dress this time, made up in the skirt variation. A nice quick make that’s easy to fit in around other things.


This pattern is the Rosie Dress, from So Over It. It’s a 1950s inspired summer dress, and the complete dress includes a boned princess seamed bodice and wide straps, but I opted for variation 3: the skirt pattern. This is a full skirt, with box pleats at the front and flattering gathers at the sides. It closes with a centre invisible zip.


I chose to make my Rosie skirt in a navy Promenade Plain Linen & Cotton Blend Dressmaking Fabric. It was a dream to sew with and handled beautifully. I think it will be perfect for keeping cool in the warmer months. The weight is just right for this skirt; anything much heavier would run into trouble with the gathers. I opted for French seams, although in hindsight I’m not sure that was such a good idea on the box pleat seams as it weights the seams slightly differently to a regular seam. Definitely works a treat on the side seams though and keeps everything neat and tidy.


This skirt was really easy to fit, with the waist really being the key measurement. Unlike the pencil skirt, where I had to use different waist and hip measurements, for this skirt it only really needs to fit on the waist and the gathers hang loosely over the hips. I find the standard length of Sew Over It patterns works for me at 5’5”, but they supply the finished garment length measurement so you can check this before you start.


  • If you buy the paper pattern, trace the skirt pieces so you can keep the full dress pattern for another time (Swedish Tracing Paper is my favourite for this).

  • Sew Over It also do digital patterns to download and have just started copyshop versions if you don’t like sticking lots of sheets of A4 together!

  • French seams work well on the side seams, but stick to regular seams on the box pleats.

  • As this a quite a full skirt there’s a lot to hem. I opted to machine blind hem mine, and was really pleased with the results (having never done one before!).

Happy sewing,

Alice x

I couldn’t resist a little twirl…