The High-Rotation Skirt


When I stand in front of the wardrobe, my hand reaches for this skirt more than any other!

It’s comfy and striking, it feels nice and gets softer over time! Goes great with a pair of black boots and a black turtle neck (my winter ‘uniform’)

It’s the iconic Clothkits ‘Big Birdie’ Skirt, which comes in a kit with the pattern pre-printed on the wrong side of soft, baby-wale 100% cotton corduroy, in various size gradings (UK 8-18). You just cut the size you need and sew! It’s a very easy project. The kit also includes lining, thread and a matching zipper. (I used my own lining and an invisible zipper cos I like that look better). At £39 ($AUD 60) + postage, it wasn’t cheap but it’s paid off, with high rotation in my wardrobe.

I like the simple, slightly A-line style and artsy bird and flowers screen-printed on the fabric. I contemplated adding some hand-sewn top stitching to the bird and/or flowers …may eventually do that.

The lining, a funky red/black/white poly charmeuse, brings back happy memories of a London trip last April, when I visited Goldhawk Road’s heady gathering of fabric shops.  I went bonkers and had to post a big box of purchases home.


I cut the size 12, but probably could have gotten away with the 10 – the pattern has a fair amount of ease – unless you like to wear your skirts lower on your hips. I added a few darts in the back, which mucked up some of the printed motifs but I wear tops over the waist, so no big deal.

This is one of those items that strangers seem to remark positively on …which always makes a sewist smile.