Say hello (again) to Gypsum

Ashley wears a matching teal blue strata top and gypsum skirt and stands in front of a white backdrop draped in flowers. She is smiling with her eyes closed and face raised towards the sky and her hands in her hair.

We are delighted to share the updated Gypsum Skirt

This tried and true skirt has been expanded to our new size range, fitting up to a size 34. The instructions have been updated to clarify a few points, and the PDF pattern pieces now have layers and colored lines to make tracing easier, but no changes have been made to the fit of the existing size range. So if you already have the pattern and fall within the earlier size range, that version will continue to serve you well.

There is so much to love about the Gypsum Skirt

When I wear mine and look down at the flat-felled seams I feel a profound sense of pride and honor in how special it is to sew something. Gypsum has a timeless style that feels both modern and old fashioned. This is a skirt for coffee dates and movies and grocery shopping, but also for baking and foraging and gardening. It’s a skirt made for twirling, and it has the very best pockets. I mean THE BEST. The kind of pockets where I don’t need a purse, where I can pick up every interesting rock or leaf or blossom on my walk. Or can fit a knitting project in my pocket for a very convenient way to wall and knit. Or even a small pet.

Gypsum is a great pattern for beginners

View B forgoes the flat-felled panels, instead using inseam pockets, for a quick to make, easy to fit skirt, perfect for beginning your handmade wardrobe. View A is suited for adventurous beginners to advanced sewists, or anyone looking to grow their skills and learn new seaming techniques. Whichever view you choose you will end up with a skirt that slips easily into any closet, and can be styled with any number of pieces.

Meredith wears a striped tee and orange gypsum skirt in front of a black wooden wall
Meg wears a cropped black hinterland top and a black and white printed gypsum skirt in the woods
a close up from the hips down of Meredith's soft orange gypsum skirt

I added 4 inches to the hem of my Gypsum Skirt. I think it would also look lovely with a little embroidery on the pockets. I used a mid-weight linen, but the Gypsum works well in chambray, rayon and rayon blends, or silk noil. Try a wool crepe for a wintery version! 

We hope you love the Gypsum as much as we do. Follow our sew-along of View A here, and find all the details of the pattern here

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  1. I’m so happy to see View A in linen. The pattern calls for really drapey fabric but I wondered how it would look in a slightly stiffer material. I think it looks great, exactly what I’m interested in!