Friday, April 22, 2022

Tropical Print True Bias Mave Skirt

It's that time of year again, where I optimistically (desperately?) start sewing summer clothes and Vermont responds by bringing a snowstorm...!

While the snow has since melted, it's still pretty chilly out there, so I guess I'll just have to wear this tropical maxi skirt with long underwear underneath for the time being!

This unseasonal skirt is the True Bias Mave Skirt, a tiered, elastic waist skirt with multiple length options. I made one last year and got a lot of wear out of it, so I decided to make another.

The Mave pattern goes up to a 59.5 inch hip. Like my last Mave, I cut a size 20 in the maxi length with three tiers. 

I lengthened the middle tier by 2.5 inches to get it to full length. I'm about 5 foot 7.5 inches tall and the pattern is designed for a height of 5 foot 5 inches.

For fabric, I used this Oahu Textured Black Medium Weight Slub Rayon Woven from LA Finch Fabrics, which sells deadstock and surplus fabrics. I had no need for new fabric, but I loved the unusual color combo of this fabric- rusty orange, lavender, sage, citron yellow and a bit of chocolate brown. And I always love florals on a black background for some reason. 

I like the texture of this fabric - sort of a crosshatch slub weave thing going on. It makes it seem like it might have linen content even though it's all rayon. Construction-wise it feels less slippery than rayon challis, but still has lovely drape, which is great for the Mave skirt.

I did a self-fabric waist tie (shorter than the pattern calls for since I found it too long last time), and used grommets for the holes, which was a first for me. 

I didn't realize my bodkin for threading the tie through the waistband wouldn't fit through the grommets, thought, which was a bummer. I had to resort to a safety pin wrapped in tape (so it wouldn't open mid-threading); not my favorite!

Despite that snafu, I'm pretty delighted with this skirt and am hoping it warms up here soon so I can wear it! Paired here with my trusty Seamwork Bo top.


  1. Love it. The print screams exotic and tropical. I'm in Ohio and our weather is wishy washy too, But wear that skirt--even if you have wear it with long underwear!

  2. I love this skirt! You always inspire me. I have this pattern. I need to make one. Sew Happy!

  3. Super cute! I love the print and it's so versatile. Love that simple top too.