Classic Zinnia


I Have been lusting over the Zinnia Skirt Pattern from Colette for the longest time, I featured it in my ultimate pattern wishlist post, well I just so happened that March was Zinnia Month ! It was on sale for 20% off on their website so I decided it was the perfect time to snatch it up! I opted for the PDF download and ordered my fabric right away.

I knew that I wanted to make version 1 ,  below the knee, button front with patch pockets and gathers. I don’t usually like dealing with gathers but I loved this version so much I had to try it. It was also a no brainier that this skirt would be Black since I really wanted a classic and versatile staple in my wardrobe.  I feel like I should mention the fact that I have been sewing for over 4 years and I have never made an all black garment ! I am always attracted to colors or prints that are unique and interesting. But for this pattern I knew I had to keep it simple and let the details shine.

I made a size 6  based on my waist measurement, and no alterations to the pattern , the only thing I did differently from the instructions was that I flat felled my side seams for a really clean and durable seam.  I’m so glad I followed the tip of sewing three lines of basting to create the gathers, it really helped me have more control and resulted in neater gathers.



Kaufman Brussels washer linen from


so in love with the pockets!


The buttons are antique brass from M&J trimming. I love living in New York and having access to awesome shops!


I cannot recommend this pattern enough, It came together really well, the instructions are always excellent from Colette patterns. I ‘m not sure if I’ve ever loved a garment I’ve made this much. I can already see myself wearing it in the fall with tights and booties… Version 2 of this skirt is going to be In a Burgundy Georgette!!

As a bonus I thought I would mention that I also made the tank top I paired with this skirt. It was made a couple years ago using a basic bodice sloper that I drafted with the help of YouTube! Here are a few shots without the sweater.


As always thank you for reading!

xx – Tai


7 thoughts on “Classic Zinnia

  1. over on kings drive says:

    This is gooooorgeous and you look amazing! I bought Zinnia last month as well but haven’t got the right fabric for it yet and I’m not allowed to buy more for a while lol. As soon as I’ve de-stashed enough to earn some new fabric I’m definitely going to shamelessly copy yours 🙂. It’s fantastic!

    Love the tank top too!


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