B5285 – The Dino Skirt

In this outfit I’m wearing dinosaurs, a bird and some teddy bears. More on the bears later…Β Allow me to introduce you to the Dino Skirt.

I used my Butterick B5285 pattern, another version of which you can see here. It’s pretty much identical to Gertie’s free gathered skirt pattern, except this one has pockets. I added my own touches. I’ve long been a fan of Scruffy Badger‘s use of ric rac. What that woman can’t do with ric rac ain’t worth doing! Finally, I’ve managed to steal her idea on the hem of this skirt.

I was going to go for cream ric rac, but that would have involved a trip to the shops. So I pulled out this bright orange ric rac that was in my stash. How could I ever have seriously considered using anything other than bright orange?

I also added an animal-theme trim to tidy up the inside of the skirt waistband:

Dinos meet teddy bears – I regress to the age of a toddler.

Big philosophical question of the 21st century: why is there always the perfect button just waiting to be used in your jar of buttons.

The cardigan is a vintage Hong Kong lambswool cardigan I bought years ago off Etsy. It’s soooo sweet. I haven’t worn it in ages, so I’m really pleased to have an opportunity to get it out again. I recently bought the bag for Β£5 from Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch.

To celebrate this make, I’m giving away three metres of the bright orange ric rac I used. All you need to do to win it is leave a comment by midnight 11 March 2012. Good luck!

Thanks for all your encouragement regarding this eccentric fabric purchase. What do you think? Have I managed to turn the dinosaur cotton into a wearable outfit? Roobeedoo, I’m looking at you!

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66 Responses to B5285 – The Dino Skirt

  1. ooobop! says:

    Yes… yes… a thousand times yes! Spot on. I’m so glad you made it into a skirt. I love it and the trim is perfect and please count me in to win some… my favourite colour! x

  2. Tina says:

    It’s fab! Would love to know what sort fo reaction you get from people if they actually look at the fabric. My skirt made from Liberty ‘crayon’ corduroy (google that one!) gets a lot of second looks!

  3. amberelayne says:

    My lord woman but you crack me up! This is freaking awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!

  4. GirlSpazdog says:

    You totally pulled it off. πŸ™‚

  5. redsilvia says:

    You have managed to rock it! I wonder how may people will look closely at the print and see it’s dinos? Perhaps you’ll shift the bohemian fashion trend to the prehistoric fashion look? Very cute and love the maryjanes.

  6. Zoe says:

    Lovely!!! You really suit those 50’s style skirts. Love the little cheeky details xxx

  7. Lotte says:

    Wonderful, I love it! Much better than pyjamas too! I often ponder that button jar question – a friend told me it was God helping me to choose buttons, but I prefer to think that it is the ghost of my partner’s grandmother in the jar. It’s always the buttons from her that make themselves known…

  8. MrsC says:

    I love it!! So subversive!

  9. leahfranqui says:

    I love this skirt. I absolutely love it. I’m having a bit of trouble containing myself here at work because I love it that much.
    And I would cut someone for that ric rack.

  10. LinB says:

    Bee-you-tee-ful. Love that strong orange against the brown and green. Love the bears. Good use of a “I can’t decide if this is ugly or not” fabric.

  11. Ah, that’s awesome. Deliciously fun.

  12. Sigrid says:

    hee hee, I can’t believe how great you make that fabric look.

  13. I love this skirt so much I want to take it out on a date and buy it a fancy dinner and champagne.

    In other words: GOOD WORK. I especially love the dancing bears!!

  14. Elisalex says:

    Dino-oooo!!!! It’s amazing. Maybe it’s because I have a dino obsessed boy, but I think we should pretty much only wear ridiculous/infantile prints. Funnily enough, yesterday I made a pleated skirt in a surfer print cotton and I love it. Maybe we should have some sort of a novelty-whimsical print me-made style-off?

    • Yes, I have been very much admiring your cotton. It may even inspire me to visit Goldhawk Road and buy some for myself! I also want some of that lobster print that I failed to win on Dibs and the Machine’s giveaway.

  15. CGCouture says:

    So fun! Love it!

  16. Roobeedoo says:

    It’s all about the scale of the thing isn’t it? I imagined they were great big HUGE dinosaurs but these could almost be described as… err… subtle dinosaurs?!
    Truly a conversational print!
    Love the ric rac!
    Ok, I give in – you win! They work!

  17. symondezyn says:


    Way to show the world it CAN work!!! I love it, you look absolutely awesome, and that orange is DIVINE…. *drools*

  18. Zoe says:

    That skirt is magnificent. I love the orange ricrac, and where oh where did the wee bears come from?

  19. Pearl says:

    Your skirt looks great Karen, well done!

    Now I want a dino skirt…


  20. Leith says:

    You pull off the dinosaur skirt extremely well! Love it.

  21. You did it! And it looks fantastic! Excellent job πŸ™‚

  22. PDX Gretchen says:

    From afar, it looks like a print of cherry blossoms and branches on a muted green background. I love it! Especially the little details like the rickrack and bear lining.

  23. Anne W says:

    Definitely a wearable outfit, well done!

  24. Clio says:

    ohmygoshyourskirtisawesome!! I love it! Please count me in if you are willing to mail the rick rack (in my very favorite color in the whole world btw) to the US. πŸ˜‰

  25. Marie says:

    Only you can get away with this which such class Karen…it really looks fab! I love all the unique little touches, especially the orange ric rac!

  26. salma says:

    “Big philosophical question of the 21st century: why is there always the perfect button just waiting to be used in your jar of buttons.” – Oh that gave me such a laugh!

  27. liza jane says:

    Awesome. So awesome. I’m searching on the internet for “teddy bear trim” now.

  28. gMarie says:

    I love it! I think you managed to turn it into a totally wearable skirt for an adult! g

  29. Amy says:

    Hooray for a skirt full of dinosaurs. The rick rack and teddy bears are a nice touch as well. You made my day. Dinos and cardigans and bears, oh my!

  30. KristenMakes says:

    Karen you are so ON-TREND! Sophie Hulme just did an Autumn-Winter collection all around dinosaurs, with a laser-cut dinosaur motif skirt! I think she nicked the idea from you! Hope I win the ric rac!!

  31. KristenMakes says:

    Linked the wrong pic, sorry! Try this one!

  32. That’s brilliant. I love the way it looks like camo at first and then you notice the print.

  33. That’s pretty good going – it looks great. But the details- you really went to town to cram in all sorts of fun! And ric rac?!! Woo hoo!! Amazing what can turn dino fabric into- there’s a street girl vibe with an undercurrent of ” I dare you to take this seriously” going on….you are a star!

  34. Felicity from Down Under says:

    If I didn’t know it was dino fabric, I’d just think it was a pretty pattern. And then, if I had the opportunity to check it out at close quarters and discovered it was dino fabric, I think I’d be enchanted at how silly the world had become. Wonderfully silly. (Have I said before that we take ourselves far too seriously?) It looks fantastic!

  35. Joanne says:

    It’s fabulouraurus-REX! Very cute – love the rick rack too – want to get my hands on it πŸ™‚

  36. Bea says:

    Love, the skirt! I want one too. The fabric is wonderful. I actually went straight to ebay to order some when I first saw it in your blog….unfortunatelly I couldn’t register and buy since I don’t have a UK adress and it will not accept my foreign one…I just have to look longingly on what you’ve made. I really love your blog, its so inspirational and a real joy to read.

  37. javede says:

    Yes, atleast I would certainly wear a skirt like that! Has anybody commented on it yet when you wore it?

  38. That is ace. From a distance it looks like ‘normal’ camouflage fabric, but it’s only when you get closer you see the awesome dino detail. I bought some dino print fabric with a secret desire to make it into a skirt, but I thought it would be inappropriate at my advanced age (38), but you have inspired me to give it a go.

  39. shivani says:

    that’s fantastic!!

    (might have double-posted – or the internet ate my first comment!)

  40. Looks like a military print from far…so I think you managed to disguise it :o) I also turn to skirt when I have some funky print to use. Love the ric rac!

  41. sewforward says:

    Very inspiring! I’m always looking at these trendy prints and wondering what could I do with that? You showed (or should I say. sewed) how a trendy print can be used in a garment that is up to date and stylish and perfect for the office, a date or just any time! The juxtapostion of color is an eye catching and really pulls the whole garment together. Love it. Now when I peruse those trendy prints I will know what to make out of them.

  42. Janice says:

    Super cute! I love the ric-rac constrast at the them.

  43. Catherine says:

    I love that fabric… and it is all your fault that I just purchased 3m of it (well I DO have 3 boys….) The orange bear trim is fantastic too – where did you get it? I don’t have much call for ric rac when sewing for the boys, but you have inspired me to think about using it for myself!!

    Love the skirt!!

  44. Lynne says:

    Oh my goodness, your skirt is FANTASTIC!!!! And the teddy bears at the waist are utter genius! πŸ™‚

  45. Carolyn says:

    Love the skirt. I too am drawn to whimsical prints and jewelry. Some times I try to fight it and dress more classically but the fun items usually win. You inspire me by seeing how you combine clothes and accessories to pull together such remarkable outfits.

  46. Alessa says:

    Hah, what a fun skirt! I love the pop of colour from the ricrac!

  47. Kat H says:

    Oh yes, that skirt is indeed a wearable make! I love it! Very cute, and the ric-rac at the bottom is brilliant, great splash of colour. πŸ™‚

  48. Nikki says:

    Awesome.it looks fab on you! I love prints that are probably aimed at kids and sometimes I wonder whether I’m too old to get away with it (39), but my love of the print usually outweighs the doubt.

  49. Tasha says:

    I just love, love, love this. The ric rac is a genius touch!

  50. Paola says:

    Your dinosaur skirt makes me πŸ™‚ I do enjoy the eccentric print. A week or two ago, Annabel Crabb, a well known political commentator down here fronted a talk show on Australian politics “The Drum” in a dress printed with fungi – toadstools or mushrooms, I’m not sure which. I don’t know what they were talking about. All I could think of was “I wonder where she got that dress from – and more importantly, the fabric!”

  51. oonaballoona says:

    i’m sure someone has said this already… but it’s like the dinosaur teeth are poking happily out of the bottom of the skirt. brilliant.

  52. Elle C says:

    You have got to love a woman in a camouflage dinosaur print skirt. You make it work.

  53. I really love this skirt and I love the way you styled it — completely fun. But….wherefore is that perfect button (I’m a button fanatic….)?

  54. gingermakes says:

    Too cute. I love this! Rawr!! Dinos!!

  55. The fabric is superb, and the finishin touches – to die for. Job well done! πŸ™‚

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