Julie Starr Ribbon Skirt Sew-a-Long

We all have our own favorite clothing stores. You know, the store that offers cute clothes which fit well and work for your lifestyle.

In my case it’s JMCL.Logo_-1024x245

These small retail stores selling their label of traditional silhouettes with a fresh twist are downright irresistible to me. I can justify buying any item in the store with the exception of one style;

 The Ribbon Skirts.

JM Ribbon S         images 


As cute as they are, spending $200 on these skirts struck me as frivolous, but that didn’t keep me from wanting one……… as well as examining the skirt in detail until eyebrows were raised.

Well, now I can make my own and so can you!

The elegant and talented Julie Starr was also inspired by the J McLaughlin Ribbon Skirt. She not only made a duplicate skirt but is also offering a Sew-A -Long on my blog.

I contacted Julie immediately after seeing her skirt on the Pattern Review Website and she graciously agreed to teach us how to sew this fun and unique skirt.

Three weekly lessons will be offered beginning on Monday July 8 and finishing Monday July 22.

Julie made her skirt in a blue/green colorwave.

“The Spoleto Skirt” Completed ribbon skirt

  from Julie……

“The subtle ombre effect of this skirt is achieved by 4 tonal shades in the same color family.  This may be difficult to find all at one store but I was able to find a nice variety of aqua and blue shades at Joann, Hobby Lobby and Hancock. Or you may prefer to use contrasting colors, or even one shade for the entire skirt.  For a young girl’s skirt, polka dot or other patterned ribbon would be adorable. It’s your project… personalize it as you like!”

 If you’d like to sew along  you’ll need the following supplies listed below:


1. Your favorite straight skirt pattern (Julie used McCalls 3830)

2. 1 yard good quality prewashed cotton fabric for your skirt base (Julie recommends Kona cotton)

3. Fusible interfacing for the skirt facings

4. 1 9” invisible zipper in a color to coordinate with your ribbon

5. 1 hook and eye

6. 1 package double fold seam binding for seam finishing, if desired

7. 1 ½” wide grosgrain ribbon.

Julie’s skirt which is a finished length of 19” has 14 rows, not including the waistband. Add rows accordingly for additional length. The ribbon quantities for Julie’s pattern size 10, graded to 12 at the hip are:

8. 2 ½ yards dk aqua (bottom 2 rows)

9. 5 yards light aqua (rows 3-6)

10. 5 yards seafoam (rows 7-10)

11. 5 yards light blue (rows 11-14)

12. 1 yard 3” wide grosgrain ribbon for the top layer (waistband)

13. Thread in colors to match your ribbon. Note – since the seam for each layer is hidden by the layer above, it’s not imperative to match each ribbon color exactly.  The waistband ribbon is the only row which you should match closely since it is topstitched.

*Julie also mentioned that her ribbon has a rayon content which prevents the ribbon from wrinkling.

 Hope you’ll join the fun!

Until soon  :)

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71 Responses to Julie Starr Ribbon Skirt Sew-a-Long

  1. CherryPix says:

    What a great idea! I love the look!! Hmmmm….now pondering where to look for nice quality ribbon….

  2. Rose says:

    You are tempting me! I’d like to join in the fun if I can collect the supplies in time. I love the skirt although I’m not sure how well it will meet the “wear test”. I’ll definitely look for ribbon with rayon content. There’s a shopping trip in my future. :)

  3. Molliefran says:

    Too much fun!

  4. Sewer says:

    What a fun idea.

  5. Rosalia says:

    I want to join in the fun! Where can I get more details?? Rosalia

  6. Alethia says:

    Sadly, I won’t be able to join you on the sew-a-long, but this is one beautiful skirt! You and Julie are awesome for taking the time to share this!! Much success on the sew-a-long!

  7. Michelle says:

    I adore this skirt. I have the skirt pattern. I just need to find ribbon here!

    Do you think the base skirt be made from lining fabric? Or would that be too tricky( slippery) for adding the ribbon?

  8. Totally cool! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sharon says:

    This is a very interesting skirt and I am tempted, however I’m not so sure how it will work on me (5’2″) without cutting me in pieces. I would like to know your thoughts as I love your style and I haven’t seen this style in the shops here in Australia.

    • Hi Sharon!
      I’m 5’2″ as well and Julie is 5’4″. I think the gradual change in color will be flattering, but you can also make it in a solid. You’re in such good shape that you can easily pull it off :)

      • Sharon says:

        Now you have made me blush! CherryPix and I caught up on the weekend and she has also convinced me to sew this skirt and we are both trying to source the ribbon here in Sydney.

  10. danvillegirl says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I saw her skirt also and thought it was drop dead gorgeous. I was going to ask about source of the ribbon. We have JoAnn’s here and I will have to check that out or maybe M&J Trimmings. Where/how will the class be offered? I work full time so I am hoping this is some sort of blog sew-along or a way to access at any time.

  11. ewellons says:

    When I first saw Julie’s skirt on PR, I was tempted to go buy one — to heck with the RTW diet! But now I can have my own. Can’t wait. I’ll look for ribbon next week and be ready to start on July 8! Fun idea!

  12. Sally says:

    What a great idea!!!! I love ribbon skirts!!

  13. Karen says:

    I also love J McLaughlin stores and styles – and it’s fun to get inspiration from their clothing. What a good idea for this sew-along.

  14. I love this!! Where can I get mine – definitely not going to be sowing it!

    • Charleston, King Street!

      • Mary Lynn says:

        I was just in their store at Kiawah today after seeing the cute ribbon skirt. I really love the fabrics they use and even with my glasses on I had to ask a much younger customer to tell me what the fiber tag said! It was Rayon with a bit of lycra. Any idea where to find those beautiful , colorful fabrics? PS – they did have some summer things onsale. Don’t know if the King Street store does also.

  15. Jan Sortore says:

    Adorable! Count me ! Thanks so much for offering this.

  16. Jan Sortore says:

    That was supposed to say Count me in!

  17. Janine Whisler says:

    Can’t wait to join in the fun!

  18. eumoronorio says:

    Oh wow that is lovely! I want one! Thanks for hosting this sewalong! sewingforme.wordpress.com

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  20. Amy says:

    Hmmm… I think I just might! How fun!

  21. Intriguing! I’d never seen one before.

  22. Almeda says:

    This is a very beautiful classy skirt. It will be an excellent addition to your lovely growing wardrobe and you will wear it well. :) Does Julie Starr have a sewing blog as well as the Pattern Review site?

  23. Carolyn says:

    What a pretty skirt, in such cool and fresh summery shades! Are you planning to make one too? and what colours will you include?

  24. Julie JP says:

    Wow! I’ve been dreaming of sewing such a skirt for a long time! Thanks to both of you – count me in too!

  25. Oh, this looks like so much fun!!!! The skirt is beautiful, I might have to sew along on this one!

  26. Cindy says:

    What a nifty idea! It strikes me that you could also do this with lace, embroidered, jaquard, ikat, or other interesting colorful and/or textured trims — the sky’s the limit. In fact, this could turn out to be a really creative art form. Can’t wait to see what everybody does!

  27. Sigrid says:

    I love the style and the idea, but don’t think it will suit my figure unfortunately. Horizontal lines are not so good on narrow waist/wide hip figure (at least, that’s still what I feel about it). But certainly looking forward to seeing how it’s done and to all the variations that are sewn.

  28. Karen says:

    I find the whole idea very intriguing! I must not go shopping very often because I have never seen a ribbon skirt before. I am going to try and join in, thanks for putting this sew along together.

  29. Pam says:

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to sew this along with you. I also saw Julie’s review and thought it the skirt was spectacular. Hopefully I can find enough complementary colors of ribbon in my small town.

  30. Art Attack says:

    Ugh…when heard about this I told Julie I didn’t know where I would find the time, but now…I may have to find the time. I will let my search for just the right color ribbon be the tipping point…hmmmm…eeny, meeny, miney, mo…

  31. daisydonut says:

    I’ve not seen one of these skirts before but I love it so I’m in. Next stop ebay for ribbon.

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  34. Velosewer says:

    Would you believe I was thinking about this skirt and found the ribbons in soft tones? I hope to finish it by the end of the weekend. Fingers crossed.
    And I wasn’t even thinking about making the skirt. Your version is so pretty.

  35. Janine Evans says:

    Wow – I am awestruck! I sell ribbon in Australia. Definitely going to give this a try and share with my Facebook fans. Thanks so much for sharing.

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