April 1, 2022

Cashmerette Club: Meet the Gilmore Skirt, the Club pattern for April!

Say hello to the Gilmore Skirt, a retro-inspired woven circle skirt sewing pattern and this month’s Cashmerette Club pattern! The Gilmore makes for a beautiful standalone skirt, or pair it with the Upton bodice for a dress that’s uniquely yours. Join Cashmerette Club today to get this pattern.

Circle skirts are the ultimate in twirly retro-inspired fun, and they’re easy to sew and wear. And thanks to the ultra-full style, you won’t need to grade between sizes if your hips are a bigger size than your waist! The Gilmore Skirt sewing pattern is a 3-paneled circle skirt with a contoured waistband and back zip, or mix and match it with the Upton Dress to instantly transform it into an evening-worthy outfit. This pattern comes in sizes 0-32 and is available to Cashmerette Club members only.


(Club members: remember to first log in to your Cashmerette account to access to the link above.)

Special offer this month: Get 30% off the Upton Dress and Upton Expansion patterns!

The Gilmore Skirt is fabulous all on its own, but it is also designed to pair beautifully with the bodice of the Upton Dress! If you don’t yet have the Upton (available in sizes 0-32 and cup sizes C-H), you can save 30% on the Upton Dress or the Upton Dress & Skirt plus Mix & Match Expansion Pack during the entire month of April! Club members, you will be getting the coupon code in your inbox today, or log in to your member dashboard to see it right away. (Offer available to active Cashmerette Club members only; excludes wholesale orders and pattern bundles.)


Jenny is wearing a Gilmore Skirt in a size 20. Her measurements are waist 41″ and hip 47″, and she is 5′ 6″.
Brittany is wearing an Upton bodice and Gilmore Skirt in a size 6 E/F. Her measurements are high bust 34″, full bust 36″, waist 28″ and hip 40″. She is 5′ 6″.

Meet the Gilmore Skirt

Swoosh through your day with the Gilmore Skirt, which features:

  • A 3-panel design that works with a variety of fabric widths for all sizes (0-32)
  • Contoured waistband with interfacing for added structure
  • Full skirt means no grading necessary! (Although you can if you want to, of course.) Simply select your size based on your waist measurement.
  • Invisible zipper closure in the back

The Gilmore is ideal for beginner sewists who want to practice inserting an invisible zipper (our illustrated instructions walk you through every step of the process)—or for advanced sewists looking for a quick project!

What’s even better? The Gilmore Skirt is completely compatible with the Upton Dress, which means you can add it to any Upton bodice for a totally new look. Use the classic sleeveless darted bodice included in the Upton Dress pattern, or go with a princess seamed bodice in the Upton Mix & Match Expansion—with or without sleeves. Oh, and let’s not forget the gloriously roomy Upton pockets!

Here’s another great thing about circle skirts: they work in a variety of fabrics! You can use woven fabrics such as such as cotton, linen, rayon or upholstery fabric. Heavier fabrics will give a structured look.

For Jenny’s Gilmore Skirt, we used a green and gold brocade from Mood. Brittany’s Gilmore/Upton Dress is made from a jacquard from Misan Textiles.

Fabric Requirements and Finished Garment Measurements for the Gilmore

Here are the fabric requirements for the Gilmore:

Here are the finished garment measurements for the Gilmore:

15% Off at Emma One Sock

Our friends at Emma One Sock want to help you create your dream Gilmore with 15% off a single order in April, exclusively for Cashmerette Club members!

Emma One Sock is an online fabric shop that carries tons of incredible pieces that are all high-quality designer fabrics. They’re based in Pennsylvania, but ship anywhere in the world.

Members—you can head to the Club dashboard to get the discount code. Not a member? Sign up today!

Also New in the Club this Month

Club members in the Plus and All Access tiers get a new fitting masterclass! This month, Jenny’s diving into grading between sizes. This simple (usually!) technique of crafting your unique size is a game changer for sewing clothes that fit. After all, very few of us have measurements that fit neatly into a single size. From the straightforward connect-the-dots approach to more complex grading on princess seams and pants, this class has you covered. (But don’t worry, you won’t be graded after!)

Plus and All Access members also get access to this month’s live event! Join us on Wednesday, April 27th at 3pm EST to talk body confidence with curvy sewists from around the world. What does body confidence mean to you? How can sewing your own clothes help—or hinder—feeling great about your body? Is body neutrality a better place to aim for? There’s so much to discuss!


We can’t wait to see what you make with this pattern! Join Cashmerette Club today to download the Gilmore Skirt and get started sewing instantly.



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