A super 70s inspired Pauline Alice rosari skirt made in denim. Part of my DIY handmade wardrobe | Randomly Happy

A 70s denim rosari skirt

Well now what have we here? (Spoiler alert – pretty much the perfect 70s inspired skirt)

It’s all there people. Button down front. Mid-blue denim. Brass buttons. Slight a-line shape.

It’s the perfect 70s combo right?

A super 70s inspired Pauline Alice rosari skirt made in denim. Part of my DIY handmade wardrobe | Randomly Happy

The pattern is Pauline Alice’s rosari skirt. Β I’ve been seeing this crop up a lot lately. And I mean you can totally see why – it’s a cracking little pattern.

I’d clocked it ages ago (remember this epic plan) and was pretty much 100% certain it would make a great skirt.

The shape.

The buttons.

The options.

A super 70s inspired Pauline Alice rosari skirt made in denim. Part of my DIY handmade wardrobe | Randomly Happy

OK. Let’s be honest. It had me at buttons. πŸ™‚

A super 70s inspired Pauline Alice rosari skirt made in denim. Part of my DIY handmade wardrobe | Randomly Happy

I was really aiming to recreate the perfect denim skirt from my Pinterest board. A sort of modern casual denim skirt, but 70s styleee.

A super 70s inspired Pauline Alice rosari skirt made in denim. Part of my DIY handmade wardrobe | Randomly Happy

So I went with the mini length option with rounded pockets and made it up in a medium weight, mid blue denim from Plush Addict.

And, I’ll be honest. I’m digging it.

It’s pretty much the perfect denim skirt for my fantasy 70s wardrobe (full of flared jeans, light coloured denim, embroidery, and peasant blouses FYI).

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Not only am I fan of the final make, but the sew was really enjoyable too. The drafting in this pattern is really spot on including all the little details for finishing the insides – including a neat way of enclosing the hem inside the button band.

Pauline also gives you various options for finishing the seams. I actually went with flat-felled seams in the end.

Yup, that’s right. Flat-felled seams. Bam.

A super 70s inspired Pauline Alice rosari skirt made in denim. Part of my DIY handmade wardrobe | Randomly Happy

Sadly, I can’t pretend I’m some sewing ninja.

Pauline’s just provided stellar, really easy to follow instructions that made flat-felled seams a total walk in the park. Definitely this is my new go-to seam finish for denim.

A super 70s inspired Pauline Alice rosari skirt made in denim. Part of my DIY handmade wardrobe | Randomly Happy
TheΒ pretty insides using flat-felled seams and a few scraps of Atelier Brunette bye bye birdie fabric.

 

This sewed up really quickly, but then I totally stalled on the buttons. The buttons are such a key part of the skirt I just wanted to get the right ones.

In the end these were living on an old blazer that was lying about. I was cutting the buttons off and – bam – rosari skirt inspiration hit. Brassy, not too big, easy to sew. The perfect combo for this denim skirt in my book!

A super 70s inspired Pauline Alice rosari skirt made in denim. Part of my DIY handmade wardrobe | Randomly Happy

So in the end, I’m really happy with this make and it’s been proving pretty perfect for the current non-summery weather in the UK (I’m not even going to tell you, it’s so sad). I think it matches my inspiration, and I learnt some new techniques.

How has your sewing been going? Have you managed to sew something lately that you’re really proud of? Or have you got any new techniques you think I should be trying?

I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The fabric for this make was kindly provided by Plush AddictΒ (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.Β 

Pattern: Pauline Alice rosari skirt

Fabric: mid weight denim (sold out but similar here) c/o Plush Addict

What did you like about the pattern?

It was really easy to assemble (I bought the PDF) and the drafting is impeccable.

What changes did you make to the pattern or construction?

I didn’t make any changes – it’s a straight up mini skirt using the rounded pockets. There are zippered, patch and pleated patch pocket options available.

I think a swayback adjustment wouldn’t have gone amiss, but I haven’t really gotten my head around those yet. Any tips?

What are you most proud of?

I think this is by far the best finish I’ve managed on a make. I mean those Flat-felled seams are a beaut. But the insides are finished really well too. I used a bit of leftover atelier brunette fabric from my archer shirt for the pockets – keeping the whole french vibe going.

What would you do differently next time?

I’d be keen to make this again in the midi length using some suitably appropriate summery fabric like gingham. But I could also see it working really well in a burgundy corduroy with zip pockets for fall.

  1. Reply
    Rachel A

    This is SO wonderful. I’ve been dying to make a skirt like this myself in corduroy, but I’m not sure if I should try to draft it myself or just buy a pattern.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      It’s such a great skirt shape isn’t it? You probably could draft this yourself, but I liked the different pocket options. The finishing instructions that go with this are also really stellar!

  2. Reply
    Jen

    Oh would you look at it; what a beaut! I need one of these in my wardrobe. In my LIFE! This is getting pinned. Gingers are on the to-sew list so if I have some denim left over, I might use it for a Rosari. Or perhaps buy something fresh. You made the right choice with the buttons, they’re lovely.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      I haven’t tried gingers (I got distracted by Morgan jeans) but they look like such a great jeans pattern. This was a simple make, so if you’re new to denim it might be a good choice to start small.

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