Navy Blue Bubble Skirt: BWOF 8-2007-119

I think I’ve generally settled on a few skirts to fill out my wardrobe for the cycling trip and my summer. Sunday I realized I wanted to wear some ‘regular’ clothes on my trip I immediately thought of a bubble skirt. They are cute when short, full enough to hide a multitude of sins and in a knit can wash and dry easily with no wrinkling. Best of all, I made this in about an hour.

The pattern I selected is Burda Magazine’s 8-2007-119. Don’t give up those Burda magazines! I remembe when I thought bubble skirts were juvenille. Well, maybe they still are, ha!

This skirt worked up SUPER fast. Just one pattern piece for both front and back which you cut on the fold. The same pattern piece includes the lining . The waistband is a simple rectangle you are given the dimensions for. I traced this out on Sunday and sewed it in little over an hour on Monday night (when I should have been packing for Tampa).

The material was gifted from a friend’s mom when she cleaned out her small sewing stash. I previously made this La Mia Boutique skirt from the same poly knit. If I could *find* that skirt I would have take it on the trip with me. But, I think I’ll be making it up in another fabric when I get back in town next week from Florida.

The only pattern changes I made were converting the waistline gathers to pleats and taking two inches of length out at the hip. Heh. These look a bit like bloomers, don’t they?

Because I made neither my typical full seat or swayback adjustments, the skirt does ride up in the back. I haven’t had that on me in ages!

The inside lining is just a brown poly knit I have boat loads of.

I’ll wear this next month with padded shorts underneath

The skirt is also great for layering. Oh, I also have a new pair of Tevas for the trip. I usuall wear water sport style Tevas but figured I wanted my toes protected. My roommate is also loaning me a second pair because we’ve been warned they might not dry overnight if it’s damp.

I’ve already got a second version of this skirt in black cut out!


  1. That skirt is super cute. I love it on you. I don’t think it’s juvenile at all. I just wish I was young enough and thin enough to work it like you do too.

  2. You are going to be the fashionista… on this journey… I have never made any clothes…. I have always been afraid of it…. however… You have me rethinking my list of excuses…. LOL I even have an old sewing machine upstairs…

  3. This skirt should take you from bike to bar perfectly. You and Trena are going to be the cutest cyclists in the world!

  4. I am having so much fun seeing what you and Trena are coming up with for your trip. This is a great pairing with bicycle shorts! I didn’t comment on the yellow rain pants, but I think the color was a nice choice. So much better than plain old black or navy.

  5. That skirt is perfect for going over cycling shorts. I can’t believe you made it in an hour. Woooh, I can’t wait to hear all about your trip.

  6. I love bubble skirts…although I’ve only made one to date, I wear it lots in the summer with a pair of leggings. They’re incredible versatile pattern-wise. You could do a mesh or stretch lace on the outside and a contrast jersey on the inside. That would just be the cutest thing ever.

  7. The skirt looked so cute with the pink jacket. I have never really thought about bubble skirts before but you make them sound so practical! 🙂

  8. OMG, first I thought, this skirt is too short, then I kept reading, Honey you are going to be styling. I’ve never seen such a great wardrobe for cycling. Hope you have a great time.

  9. So cute! You and the Slapdash Sewist have inspired me to sew many items for my upcoming vacation. Thanks!

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