Modern Bustle Skirt

This was my entry last week into the SYTYC contest. Once again I was totally upstaged by my friend Dana over at Made who also did a skirt. She is WAY too talented. My entry was the Ruffle Bustle Skirt. I’m thinking of making this one of my new patterns after the holidays. It would be really cute with some different knit fabrics.

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I used pieces of old t-shirts to create a modern Victorian bustle underneath the back of this knit skirt. The result is a ruffled, flirty full skirt that every little girl would love to wear!

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If you are wondering……the theme last week was “Turkey.” The colors (maroon, red, purple, brown, charcoal/white stripes) and angles of the ruffled t-shirt pieces were inspired by a plume of turkey feathers.

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Sienna tested the skirt at our local playground and it was a huge hit…..

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…..especially when it was discovered that the full bustle creates a padded “seat” for the swings and slides!

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The SYTYC Contest is on a break this week. I’ve survived last week so I’ll let you know when the new entries are up this next week!


  1. The Studes says

    Are you able to do a tutorial for this even though you didn't win last week? is there a rule about that?

  2. Tara says

    I would love a tutorial too! But if you can't because of rules, can you sell a pattern for this. Too Cute! Love it.

  3. dana says

    Thank you for the sweet shoutout. :)
    and I can't wait to see it in other colors too! Sienna is such a doll. You can tell she loves wearing it!

    Hey, did you make that shirt she's wearing? And if not…where's it from? Love it.

  4. Zura says

    Ashley, the skirt is so cute! The ruffled bustle is great to use up knit scraps from other refashion projects! and Sienna looks real pretty & happy! :)

  5. Charity says

    OH my goodness. I have 2 little girls who NEED that skirt! Adorable! If a tutorial could be posted or sold, that would be great! Love your blog. You are one talented lady!