Tangerine Tango Mullet Dress

Pattern: self-drafted
Fabric: 2 yds silk for skirt, 1/3 yd crepe for bodice, 1 yd cotton for lining
Cost: $40

I love the word mullet. It simultaneously inspires both amusement and disgust. The look on my mom's face alone when I told her I was going to make a mullet dress was enough to push me to do it. But I couldn't help but be inspired my the soft silhouettes, the glimpse of legs, and the creativity of this cleverly-named frock. And so, I gave myself a new 'do for the new year. Mullet it is!

Lanvin S/S 11

Believe it or not, there's nothing even resembling a mullet pattern from the big three or Burda, and I had left all my bodice patterns at home for the holidays. So, I drafted the entire pattern (gulp!) myself. Some tablecloth later, I now have a perfectly fitting bodice pattern. The skirt, after some cutting and draping and a lot of standing in front of the mirror, is a modified 1/2 circle skirt that looks about like this when folded in half. -->

In terms of color, the fabric store was all out of the garish yellow I wanted to completely scare off the regular folk. So, thankfully, I went with this gorgeous deep orange/red color, also known Tangerine Tango, the bright, encouraging color of 2012! It's gonna be a great year.

Posted on PatternReview.com.

Edit: McCall's now carries a pattern for maxi and mullet skirts, including one similar to this shape. You can find it here.


  1. Wow, you drafted this yourself? Good job. I love the color and the skirt really looks great on you.

  2. Awesome!
    Can I have the measurement,please?

  3. Hi Nau!

    If you're looking to make a mullet skirt, the best I can do is give you some resources. Mahaila has good circle skirt instructions (http://ficklesense.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-to-make-circle-skirt-full-34-12-14.html), which you can use to make a full-length 1/2 circle skirt. Then, I cut it as in the picture above to make the front part shorter.

    Also, since I wrote this post, a number of good mullet tutorials and patterns have popped up. I came across this one just yesterday: http://apair-andaspare.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-fishtail-skirt-free-people.html. And here is another one I found this morning: http://www.tashadelrae.com/2011/11/mullet-skirt-diy-x2.html.

    Burda has also since come out with a pattern that you might try: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/jersey-dress-032012.

    Good luck and I'd love to see what you make!

  4. Nau: check out this patter, too! http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6567-products-22758.php


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