This year’s Build a Wardrobe program has allowed us to expand the options in each of our closets. So far, we have introduced three new garment patterns—the DIY Maggie Dress, DIY Alabama Sweater, and DIY Walking Cape—and offered several of our own variations on each piece. Build a Wardrobe provides hundreds of options for how to make these garments, based upon the number of fabric colorways, stencil designs, and embellishments, in addition to garment length, sleeve, and pocket options. In this final quarter, we introduce the DIY Full Wrap Skirt, which will round out wardrobe options.
Our Full Wrap Skirt pattern, designed to be used in tandem with our Alabama Studio Book Series, is a versatile pattern, with three different skirt variations possible: the Full Wrap Skirt, Pull-On Skirt, and Apron Skirt. This single pattern includes four lengths, making customization easy. The Full Wrap Skirt creates volume similar to that of a circle skirt and is made using nine panels. The Pull-On Skirt is an essential, everyday skirt made with six panels and an elastic waistband. And finally, the Apron Skirt is made using five panels and can be used to add variety to your wardrobe with just one piece—you may choose to wear two of these pieces together in a combination of ways or layer one Apron on top of your favorite dress or skirt.
As with all of our previous Build a Wardrobe garments, the pattern (with instructions for selecting fabric, cutting, and constructing) can be purchased for $18 on online. The pattern is meant to be used alongside our Studio Book Series and can be printed on wide-format or desktop printers. Build a Wardrobe subscribers will receive both printed and digital versions of the pattern, plus fabric yardage in their color(s) of choice and all thread needed to complete the garment.
Look for our interpretations of the DIY Full Wrap Skirt on the Journal soon. And—as always—follow along with the project and share your work using the hashtags #buildawardrobe2016 and #theschoolofmaking
Find our current Build a Wardrobe collection here.
hmmm….getting in now sounds like a great opportunity! but my one concern is the low stock of fabric colors!!!! when do you think your supply situation will be resolved? thanks!
hoping for a pants pattern for next year’s build a wardrobe……
Thank you for your interest in Build a Wardrobe. We’re working with our new dye house daily to get our fabric stock replenished. We’ll have a fabric update in the coming weeks—watch our Journal for the latest news.
We appreciate your suggestion as well, and our team will keep that in mind for future projects. We’re currently developing Build a Wardrobe for 2017 and will launch the new programming in the coming months.
I would like to see a princess seamed dress next year. Also curious about new fabrics — will the new dye shop recreate your existing colors or will there be all new options?
We appreciate your suggestions. Our team will keep that in mind for future programming. We are currently in development for 2017 Build a Wardrobe programming and updating our Host a Party offerings. Check back on the Journal in the coming months for the latest news on both.
As for our fabric, we will be sharing another update in the coming weeks.
thanks for the reply! cant wait til you are replenished!
i second Peggy’s comment re: a princess seamed dress! love what you all do! thanks!
I’m so happy to see this pattern released! It’s going to be a great base garment in my wardrobe.
Thank you for your response to my earlier question. Can you tell us when our Build a Wardrobe full wrap skirt kits might ship?
Ignore my recent question. I just received my shipping notice. Thank you. Cannot wait.
For the 2017 Build a Wardrobe, I am hoping for a jacket that has sleeves that are not so slim fitting. I would like a riding jacket or the new Donovan style.
I have enjoyed the program this year and am anxious for you to resolve the lack of availability of fabric.
I am stitching the stencil pattern my last panel of the nine panels for the wrap skirt. Pondering how great it would be to have pockets for this skirt. Has anyone done with interior pockets? And if so in between which panels of the skirt? Thanks.
We haven’t heard of anyone making this skirt with pockets, but that sounds like a great idea. We’d recommend putting the pockets between the third and fourth panels and sixth and seventh panels. These are the same panels your ties will line up with, so that should place the pockets on the side seams of your skirt.
Let us know if you have any other questions, and please don’t hesitate to share your finished project with us using #theschoolofmaking and #buildawardrobe2016 on Instagram.