The Tale of the Bookish Skirt

Meet Heidi. Heidi loves books. No, let me rephrase that…Heidi is obsessed with books. The girl read War and Peace (twice) when she was 16! Needless to say, when Heidi first saw the new Bookish fabrics, she was super excited. This is Heidi super excited. Note: the fabric bundle she is holding is blurred in the photo because she wouldn’t stop shaking it excitedly.

Even though Heidi is the art director for our sister company, Knit Picks, we still work together a lot. Knowing that she loved the Bookish collection, I wanted to make something for her that was just as unique as she is, while still showing off the beautiful fabric. I asked her what she would like and she instantly said “a dress!” without skipping a beat. Knowing my skill level is not ready for a dress, I countered with the option for a skirt. I had found a free pattern online that looked relatively simple and would work with quilting cotton.

After getting Heidi’s approval on the pattern, we ventured over to our fabric area and started perusing the Bookish collection to see which fabric would look the best. With so many great options, narrowing it down to one fabric proved to be difficult.

Her first choice was the “Quiet Please” focal:

Then the “Collected Works” in Creamcicle:

Followed by the “Collected Works” in Midnigt Blue:

Eventually, she decided to go with her gut reaction and ultimately chose the “Quiet Please” focal.

The skirt was a cinch to sew up and it was pretty fun to see it come together. I was pleased with my first attempt at a garment project. You can’t tell in the photo, but it has a really cute ruffle-top elastic waist. Heidi seemed pretty pleased, too. They look like happy skirted legs, right?

Edit: A few of you have been asking about the pattern that I used. I found a free pattern on the “My Growing Home” blog. The pattern can be found here:



  1. Jamie Lee - May 23, 2012

    Oh, I really really need this skirt!!! I just placed an order but it’s already shipped. I wish I had seen this first. I would have loved to make this!

  2. jenna - May 23, 2012

    I love this skirt! Looks great with a solid blue top like yours, great job ladies.

  3. Charity - May 23, 2012

    I think this fabric would make a beautiful/happy apron!

  4. Jenni Calo - May 23, 2012

    Such a cute post and project!!

  5. Catherine Zaring - May 23, 2012

    Great job on the skirt! As a bookophile (hey! We all make up words) and long time sewist (lol) I’ve now been inspired…I’m going to choose 3 or 4 fabrics and make a tiered maxi skirt to show off my love of books. Can’t show off my legs because they’re not as pretty as Heidi’s. 😉

  6. laurie tigner - May 23, 2012

    Awesome!!! love what you did, and love the fabric…..She and I must have been separated at birth, I feel the same way about books!!

  7. gkmac - May 23, 2012

    Lovely! What pattern did you use? I’m getting ready to try garments and was thinking a skirt as well.

  8. Kiera - May 23, 2012

    What a great skirt and story! I love how happy and excited she looks. Great job on the skirt too!!

  9. Robin - May 23, 2012

    Perfect gift for a librarian or a book cover too!

  10. Amy - May 23, 2012

    I love this collection! I am a huge book lover and my sister is a librarian….trying to decide what to make her for her birthday from this fabric collection! I love this skirt!! Also love the maxi skirt idea I saw in the comments 😉

  11. Carla - May 25, 2012

    I love these fabrics. I hope to maybe make a small lap quilt to share with my book club. Something we can pass to person whose turn it is to choose our next book.

  12. Patty Ryker - May 25, 2012

    Perfect for a Kindle cover as well. Love the fabrics. You guys are always amazing.

  13. Nancy Shea - May 30, 2012

    Been machine quilting the Nieces & Nephews kit that I purchased quite a while ago from you

  14. letty - June 6, 2012

    Great, fun fabric!