creative dabblings: my kasia skirt

burdastyle's kasia skirt

burdastyle's kasia skirt close up

inspired by my own recent post about the great patterns on offer over at burdastyle, i decided to sew up my own version of their kasia skirt pattern.

i’ve been lusting over high-waisted skirts in general for a while now…really, since way, WAY before my daughter was born (and she’s six months today!!). needless to say, i had to wait a while…whilst my waist expanded and then contracted to the point where i could finally wear such a thing. that time recently arrived (yay, post-partum weight loss!) and i’m eager to make the most of my newly recovered shape!

it was worth the wait to wear this style…i love this skirt pattern, and the results! i worked on it over several evenings, after the baby girl was put to bed, and for a couple hours over a recent weekend.

i’m happy to say my version fits me like a glove, without any alterations to the pattern or the garment (except length, because i’m a shorty). yay for that! *phew*

the deets: it’s made from some medium weight black cotton canvas-like fabric i thrifted so long ago…that i cannot even remember when or where i got it. i’m guessing i thrifted it somewhere in florida, before i moved to new york city (in 2004). i made this skirt with it, and that shot is from 2005. oh well, who knows. similarly, the buttons are so old, i have had them for ages, don’t even know where i got them from or when. i didn’t have 6 of one kind of button so i mixed and matched the buttons on the front of the skirt to make it look interesting/intentional.

the pattern was free, the fabric and buttons were recycled/dirt cheap…i feel like this skirt is a prime example of “making something out of nothing”…my favorite kind of something to make.

sewing it was pretty darn easy, the pattern is probably intermediate level…has some tricky bits that might trip up newbie sewists, like the interior zipper, the gathered hip yokes, and so forth. those slightly challenging details are what makes this skirt particularly stylish, however, and worth the effort to sew. i totally want to make another (or maybe a FEW more!?), maybe one in denim with big wooden buttons? or another one with totally mismatched colorful buttons of different sizes on the front? this skirt pattern could be really fun to play around with, i’m thinking.

best of all, i can totally see myself wearing this cute number with all sorts of things, if not everything, it’s so perfect and versatile: with a buttoned up blouse or tank tucked in to it, over leggings, with my equestrian boots, cowboy boots, with a little shrunken blazer or any one of my ubiquitous denim jackets over top (HA!)…or maybe all of those or combo of select members of that list at once?


  1. Nichola

    Nice job! I love this pattern. I’m about to make a green one, i’ve worn by denim one to death, it cost me the price of the zip, everything else was free! bargain 🙂

  2. Casey

    I love how this turned out!! Now I’ve definitely got to dig out the print-off I did of the pattern months ago and cut out one to sew up! I’m seeing it in a bright, summery red-orange maybe… Fun!

  3. Alli

    Gorgeous! I love the Kasia – it’s one of my favorite Burdastyle designs. I have been too intimidated to try it, but your version is so nice that I might just have to dive in and see how it goes. Really beautiful work.

  4. Amber

    This turned out great! I have always wondered how a high-waisted skirt would look on me. Would you think this style would work for a pear shape at all?

  5. *emy

    Long time reader, first time commenter ;)!

    I have never wanted to rip out my hair while sewing until I tried to make the Kasia! I LOVE the pattern but I wanted to throw my sewing machine out the window when I came upon the gathered hip yokes! Anyhoo just wanted to say that yours looks awesome!

  6. laura

    i really like this skirt and i’ve been wanting to make it for ages, too. maybe i will get to it some day. i like your version very much!