Ribbon Skirt Conclusion!

15 Jul Ribbon Skirt Conclusion!

Completed ribbon skirt

I originally planned a three part Sew-a-Long for the Ribbon Skirt, but I discovered after sewing the ribbons in place the rest is simple enough to complete in a single post, thanks to Julie Starr.

For newcomers to the Sew-a-Long, everything you need to know is located HERE.


If you have marked and attached all rows carefully, the side seams should match at each ribbon row.

12.  Press each completed section and with right sides facing, pin and sew the front to the back at the right side seam.

13.  Finish the seam allowances as desired.  Julie serged her seam allowances and pressed the seam open while Sarah bound the edges.  A press ham was necessary for this curved seam.


Moment of truth!  How did you do?


14.  Pin and sew the left side seam from the zipper placement dot to the lower hem.

15.  Finish seam allowances as desired.

16.  Staystitch the waistline 1/2″ from upper edge.

17.  Insert an invisible zipper in the left side seam.


18.  Add waistline facings as your pattern directs and finish with a hook and eye above the zipper. (Sarah faced the waistline with a matching ribbon to the top row.)


Wear your skirt and enjoy all the oohs and aahs!! (Dry clean only!)  Julie Starr


Well, I adore my skirt!


 I let a friend try mine on this morning and have promised to make one for her.

I am amazed that the ribbons do not wrinkle after sitting! Always nice and crisp 🙂


Now that you have all of the basic instructions, I’ll briefly describe my skirt and sewing experience.


  • You may notice a couple of extra rows of ribbon in my skirt compared to Julie’s.   I bought my ribbon from two different sources. I discovered upon marking the layers that one brand was slightly smaller than  1 1/2″. It was 1 3/8″.  To ensure proper layering, I reduced the distance between the layers by 1/8 inch making it necessary to add a couple of  extra rows.I planned to make a skirt with four colors until I saw the lavender ribbon on top of my neatly arranged ribbons on the front side. Adding a new color completely changed the layout and I stitched the front trouble-free.
  • When I reached the back I was short on the lavender by one row. Since I had added extra rows I was short of every color!  As it turned out I had to add one row of a 6th color to make it work, and fortunately I love the ever changing hues.
  • So…… lay out both front and back before stitching 🙂
  • I cut my skirt out a size larger as instructed but it was still a little large after attaching the ribbons resulting in 1 inch seams.
  • Otherwise I followed Julie’s fine instructions step-by-step for an excellent result!

Many of you have informed me of your color choices adding up to quite a variety! I so look forward to seeing your completed ribbon skirt and would enjoy receiving an email with your photo at goodbyevalentino@gmail.com . Please let me know if I have permission to share your photo on my blog.

I guess all good things must come to an end and so it is with my first Sew-a-Long. A thousand thanks to Julie Starr for sharing her ingenious creative project with us through an excellent tutorial. Dear Readers, I hope you will enjoy this fun project as much as I have and look forward to sharing another Sew-a-Long with you again sometime.

IMG_0381Best wishes to all!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 14:55h, 15 July Reply

    I think I like the ribbon skirt with blouse # 2, but as cute as it is, I think I would rather see this technique on a throw pillow. I would feel like I am all wrapped up like a kid’s birthday gift. Work-womanship looks fabulous. No getting away with that….it is beautifully made.

  • Meredith P
    Posted at 15:04h, 15 July Reply

    Looks fabulous and beautifully made. Thanks to you and Julie for hosting.

  • Linda B.
    Posted at 16:08h, 15 July Reply

    Beautifully made and looks gorgeous on you! Your friend is very lucky to have you to make one for her!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:05h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you, Linda! She’s a special friend, indeed 🙂

  • Sarah Ioannides
    Posted at 16:24h, 15 July Reply

    Hi! Shall I announce myself and testify that I love it too..or do you think it better to keep them guessing? I am indeed lucky. Great post, lovely pictures though the material is much more fabulous in real life than it looked online.

    Sent from my iPhone

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:06h, 16 July Reply

      Thanks, Sarah…… and I agree that the skirt glistens in real life 🙂

  • opal
    Posted at 17:16h, 15 July Reply

    This is gorgeous and it looks good on you. I love the colors.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:06h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you, Opal! I might make myself another in earth tones.

  • Amanda S.
    Posted at 18:51h, 15 July Reply

    I love this series! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Irene
    Posted at 19:42h, 15 July Reply

    Oh, this is beautiful! Lovely, lovely skirt! I’m really tempted to make one, just because, but I’m afraid that I would end up not wearing it. Must have a serious think on this one.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:08h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you, Irene! Please send me a photo should you decide to make one! 🙂

  • Alethia
    Posted at 20:20h, 15 July Reply

    That is one beautiful skirt!

  • Karen
    Posted at 21:21h, 15 July Reply

    I can’t wait to see what your readers have created! Your skirt is so attractive – a great summer fashion!

    • Libby Paul
      Posted at 21:50h, 15 July Reply

      The ribbon skirt is so flattering. These would look great in Jim Thompson’s silk house displayed with his beautiful silk fabrics.

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 07:10h, 16 July Reply

        Thanks, Libby! I agree the skirts would look fabulous in Jim Thompson’s silk house indeed!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:09h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you, Karen. I’m thrilled to know how to make this cute skirt now 🙂

  • poppykettle
    Posted at 21:46h, 15 July Reply

    Such great pastel colours for summer! So simple, yet so effective. It looks great 🙂 And I’m really loving the shape of the ruffle on your blouse!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:11h, 16 July Reply

      Thanks, Poppykettle! The shirt is a very old Trina Turk. I bought it before I knew who Trina Turk was and came across it when going through my old clothes that now fit 🙂

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 23:12h, 15 July Reply

    What soft and pretty colors for summer…great outcome for this fun project!

  • Oksana
    Posted at 01:09h, 16 July Reply

    It’s amazing!
    A great pity here in Russia I can not find such ribbon.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:12h, 16 July Reply

      That is such a pity Oksana! Thank you for the nice comment. 🙂

  • Beth (SunnyGal Studio)
    Posted at 01:12h, 16 July Reply

    what a great result, I had never seen anything like this before you started this series. So summery, very pretty.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:13h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you, Beth! I might make one in earth tones since we have such warm autumns 🙂

  • carolinascallin
    Posted at 01:53h, 16 July Reply

    Love your combination of ribbon colors 🙂

  • ZoSews
    Posted at 06:48h, 16 July Reply


  • Lexley- Brisbane AU
    Posted at 07:33h, 16 July Reply

    Stunning and the skirt is lovely too!!!! How do you do your invisible zips? do you sew the seam first or after u have inserted the zip?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:54h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you, Lexley! I sew the seam after I insert the zipper, but I know people have their own techniques.

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 09:29h, 16 July Reply

    What a fun collaboration this has been, Sarah! I’m looking so forward to seeing the skirts your readers have created.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:19h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I plan to create a page for the blog with the tutorial and finished projects 🙂

  • JJP
    Posted at 09:51h, 16 July Reply

    Your skirt is so lovely! These colours are so summery! For my part I’m still waiting to receive my ribbons 😉
    Have a great day!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:20h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you so much, JJP! I look forward to seeing your skirt 🙂

  • Mary Carmen Sánchez Carrera
    Posted at 11:12h, 16 July Reply

    really beautiful!!!

  • Ernestine
    Posted at 13:58h, 16 July Reply

    Great work on this! Very pretty and perfect for summer!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 04:00h, 17 July Reply

    Your skirt looks stunning and such pretty summer colours. Our ribbons have finally arrived and we do have an ASG meeting on Saturday, wonder if we can make our skirts in that time!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:35h, 17 July Reply

      Thank you, Sharon! I’m not sure how long you get together but I believe you should be able to get the skirts cut out and the ribbon attached. This would be so fun to do together in a group 🙂

  • Almeda
    Posted at 09:19h, 17 July Reply

    Love!!! Such a beautiful, classy skirt. Every ‘lady’ should have one of these in their closet. Now we know how. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Amazing job!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:36h, 17 July Reply

      Thank you, Almeda! Hope you’ll make one of these fun skirts

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 10:16h, 17 July Reply

    This is FABULOUS! I love it so much! You’ve really combined colors in a beautiful way!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:55h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you, Ginger! This was such a fun garment to make 🙂

  • Cindy
    Posted at 23:03h, 17 July Reply

    Not only do I think this skirt is spectacular, but the colors you chose are so flattering! Such a unique wardrobe piece! Thank you so much for sharing your and Julie’s TNT method and fine finishing tips with us all. I continue to be amazed and so grateful for your generosity in sharing your techniques and resources with us. God bless.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:57h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you so much for this very kind comment 🙂 I’ve found the connections I’ve made with other sewists to be one of the best things about blogging!

  • Lynn B
    Posted at 06:27h, 18 July Reply

    I love this skirt, it looks amazing on you, so very pretty and perfect with either blouse.
    I just found your blog after looking at one of your reviews on pattern review, I am sure I will visit again!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:00h, 18 July Reply

      Many thanks for your nice comment, Lynn! I hope you will visit again 🙂

  • missmarys
    Posted at 09:40h, 18 July Reply

    WOW! so time consuming and the results are beautiful. I love the seams. Amazing job. Ps. You and the Renegade Seamstress have really inspired me to take a second look as some of my clothing that I’m growing out of. So yesterday I made a skirt out of my dress. It works, I’ll just say that. It’s here http://wp.me/p1dbnt-12a

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:02h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you, Mary – it wasn’t as time consuming as one might think! I am always inspired to keep on sewing when I learn I’ve inspired someone else. I too, love Beth from the Renegade Seamstress – she is a true inspiration to me 🙂

  • Jjc
    Posted at 20:27h, 18 July Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  • velosewer
    Posted at 20:35h, 18 July Reply

    Love your very own version of the ribbon skirt.

  • Urbanite
    Posted at 20:54h, 18 July Reply

    Lovely and summery. Somehow I must have missed this: how did you handle the darts?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:47h, 19 July Reply

      Thank you, Urbanite. Maybe this should have been in the tutorial 🙂 I sew both front and back darts before applying the ribbon. Many thanks for bringing this detail to my attention.

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 11:47h, 19 July Reply

    What a fun project! Many thanks to you and Julie for all of your hard work in making this possible for all of us who have coveted Julie’s skirt. I’ll send you a pic of mine later today. I plan to wear it out to dinner tonight so will try to get my husband to take one.

    It really wasn’t a very time-consuming endeavor. I am sometimes notorious for eyeballing things — but this did require exact measuring and marking. I held my breath when the zipper went in and the seams were joined — and all that careful marking paid off!

    You’re very generous to agree to make your friend one. It would be a nice gift — for someone VERY special, say a friend who shared her winning powerball ticket with you!

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 12:11h, 19 July Reply

    Oh wonderful, Cissie! I’m glad you found the tutorial helpful and I cannot wait to see your skirt. Have a nice time at dinner 🙂 🙂

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 05:01h, 22 July Reply

    Wow! your ribbons skirt is divine!! I love the shading of colours together. Just beautiful 🙂

  • sbzurenda
    Posted at 11:20h, 22 July Reply

    I adore the skirt, too!

  • Jeannine
    Posted at 13:56h, 08 August Reply

    Beautiful skirt and right on trend. This skirt reminded me immediately of a couple of my favorite skirts from White House Black Market. Classic, gorgeous and chic:) Girl, you have done it again!

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