fall wardrobe: vogue 8882

A cold front has made its way down to us here in Texas, and I must say that it’s pretty fantastic. Finally, it’s boot-wearin’ weather! I’m more of a summer girl myself, but I can certainly appreciate a few months of chilly weather. It’s worth noting that it makes my 12-mile daily bike rides that much more enjoyable!

In August, I posted my list of skirt sewing projects for the season. I have four finished, and I’m quite pleased with how well they’ve turned out. First up is Vogue 8882 in khaki and olive.


I chose this pattern because I loved the design (hello, big skirt!) and because I knew I would get a lot of use out of it. I had to start with some basic colors because I was filling a need in my closet, but this skirt is begging to be made in bright colors and prints. It’s gorgeous. I have a lovely Christmas-y floral twill that I think I will make next.


I made the olive green skirt first. The waistband is quite wide and cut on the fold. I never sew waistbands this way–I always cut my self fabric and lining as individual pieces so that I can understitch on the lining, and my waistbands are always 1.5″ wide. I liked the wider waistband though, it was a nice change of pace. (I think I may actually like the olive skirt a bit better than the khaki one.) For the khaki skirt I narrowed the waistband and cut the self fabric and lining separately. I also lined both skirts, because you know it’s hard for me not to line things–but it’s not necessary to do this. In fact, when I make this skirt again, I probably won’t line it. If you want to line the skirt, you can cut the pattern pieces in the lining of your choice. You can also draft a quarter or half circle pattern to save fabric. I had a limited amount of khaki lining fabric, so I drafted a half circle skirt pattern and adjusted it to match the side seams.

The waistband from the pattern and my 1.5″ waistband:


I also found that I was in between sizes in this pattern, so I cut out my usual size and took off about 3/8″ from the center back seam. Did the trick.

Vogue 8882

The pleats are easy to sew, and you could always topstitch them which would be a nice detail.

Vogue 8882

Narrow hems.


Side seam pockets.

Vogue 8882

Notes about the pattern:

#1. It’s easy and fun to sew. It can be a great basic skirt as I’ve done here, or it could be really spectacular in a bright print or brocade. I will make it again.

I got lucky with materials because the fabrics I used were left over from my business. I even had zippers and lining. I used cotton sateen for both skirts, which can be purchased inexpensively from most suppliers.

 Lots of new tutorials, style posts, and sparkly garments coming up in the next few weeks! Have a great week!


  1. Vicki | 21st Nov 16

    Hi emily.I love you’re sewing wish I had the knowledge to cut the linings and the facings the way you do…in one of you’re blogs there is an awesome black n white striped dress. ..what pattern did you use please? It has a full skirt and short sleeves I think would love to make it…

    • Emily | 21st Nov 16

      Hi Vicki, I’m so glad you’re here! I get a lot of questions about linings and facings, so I will be posting more information about those soon. The striped dress is my own design from a few years ago. McCall’s has a similar skirt pattern (6706), and you could always adjust it to match a bodice. In my design, each stripe is its own pattern piece, which is also easy to do. You just split a pattern piece to the desired width. After the first of the year, I will dedicate a post to this as well. If you have any questions in the meantime, please let me know. Thanks again, and have a great week! 🙂

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