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Project Runway – Leanne’s ‘Petals”

Guebante | Posted in General Discussion on

I loved Leanne’s petal skirt on Project Runway last night. Does anyone know how to make this petal skirt? I would love to make one for myself but am not sure of how to do it.


  1. Ralphetta | | #1

    She did similar treatments in previous episodes. I think she was doing it even in the very first ones. If you ran through the episodes on Bravo or Youtube you might be able to pick up enough info to figure it out.

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    I thought this was the best 3 finalists they've had.  I loved her petals, she said she looks at design like archictecture.  The petals look like curved pieces cut on the fold, that are set in like pleats.  You might try practicing with doll sized skirts.  Mary

    1. Guebante | | #3

      great idea - thank you!!I loved it too - I am really glad she won

      1. MaryinColorado | | #4

        She also had such a thorough wardrobe, the short outfit was so cute and all was so feminine.  I loved that long gown!  They had so much flow and movement.  love em.  good luck on trying to replicate that look.  please let us know

  3. Teaf5 | | #5

    I just typed in a long explanation and then lost it when I looked at the photo again! Maybe I can make a shorter explanation this time:

    This looks like a pencil skirt with many attached "pages," each of which is shaped like a cursive "D." The flat edge is attached to the base skirt in parallel rows about 3" apart, and each petal "page" is double-faced (same fabric on both sides).

    The skirt in the photo has 11 petals in the front, so it probably has that many or more in the back, too. For a short skirt, it would require a LOT of fabric--perhaps as much as 10 or 12 yards. Thus, you'd want to use a light weight fabric that had enough body to hold the D shape, but not so heavy that it weighs a ton.

    I didn't see that show, but I can imagine that this skirt flows very beautifully as the petals fan out back and forth. Good luck on your adventure!

    1. Guebante | | #6

      Thank you! :)

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    genevieve | | #7

    I have a McCalls pattern (dated 2005) #4876, which has something similar, with the petals a bit further spaced.  The skirt is dividided into  8 panels which are crescent shaped, and on the lower 2/3 a wide bib-shaped 'petal' which is already edged, is spread and sewn onto the inner curve of the crescent.  The way I read it (have not made it ) the other side of fabric would show, as each petal is single.  Howevwer, I also have a Madame Vionnet pattern, 1921, which does something similar, but the petals are doubled, (sewn RS totether and turned).  Happy to supply the diagrams from the pattern if you want. I could scan in.  happy sewing. Genevieve.

    1. Guebante | | #8

      Wow - that would be wonderful if you could scan them. How kind of you to offer!

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        genevieve | | #9

        Hello again, I have sent them - the scans took ages to upload, so let me know if they don't come thru.

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