skip to Main Content
+64 (0)3 539 1355


MADCAT skirts come in two shapes – Flared or Straight.

MADCAT STRAIGHT SKIRTS are cut smaller on the hip and are more suitable for those of us that enjoy wearing long tops. As your figure matures, waists seem to expand and if this is the case for you then consider a straight skirt. Review the body shapes below that are suited to a straight skirt. The skirts are cut with 2 darts on the front and 4 darts on the back. They also have a deep 9 cm hem. The straight skirt is worn by Inge the model on the left in both photographs below.

MADCAT  FLARED SKIRTS are for those of us with a much fuller hip to waist ratio. You probably look great when you wear your skirt with a short fitted top. Examples of body shapes suited to a flared shape – see below. They are cut with just 2 darts on the back and have 2cm side seams from waist to hem. They are cut with a generous 5 cm hem. The flared skirt is worn by Sarah the model on the right in both photographs below.

Body shapes that suit different skirt shapes

Please take your body measurements

Waist – this is the smallest horizontal measurement about half way between your bust and your hips. If you are not sure where this is, tie a ribbon tightly around your waist and it will work its way to the correct place. Your skirt will be made to this measurement so do not make it too tight – just comfortable.

Hip – this is another horizontal measurement about 20 cm /8 ” below your waist. It covers the fullness of your bottom. If you are above or below average height of 5’6” (168 cm) then your hip line will be fractionally higher or lower than this. All skirts are cut 1-2 cm larger than your hipline measurement so the fabric does not cling to your bottom.

Length – this is taken from your waist down your outside leg to the length you require your skirt to finish.

Once you have taken your measurements and decided on a straight or flared skirt. Please select from one of the MADCAT stock sizes. The chart gives exact measurements. All the skirt fabrics contain Lycra so they do stretch but the waist band is a fixed non stretch measurement.

MADCAT skirts come in four NZ/UK sizes:

Small usual size 8-10  (USA 6-8); side seam length 58cm

Medium usual size 12-14  (USA 10-12); side seam length 60cm

Large usual size 16  (USA14); side seam length 62-63cm

X Large previously called Reubens size 18 (USA 16); side seam length 62-63cm


If you want your MADCAT skirt LONGER or SHORTER, SMALLER or LARGER on the WAIST and even an IN BETWEEN SIZE this is possible, but you will need to contact me to make this specific order. This then becomes a made to measure or altered to fit skirt and cannot be exchanged if you change your mind about the colour, design or shape. I can make changes to your skirt until you are happy with it but I cannot replace your skirt or refund your money, as it has been made especially for you.

Please read the made to measure page and  contact me with any requests to variations to the standard stock size  MADCAT skirts.


Most MADCAT skirts in the online store are available as a made-to-measure size. There is an additional one-off fee of $30 for a pattern to be drafted to your measurements, as opposed to a stock size skirt that is altered to fit you for $18.

If I already have your measurements on file from a previous order then this fee does not apply.

Allow 7-10 days for Made to Measure skirts

Please go to the  Made to Measure page for more details. You will need to contact me as I will need to check I have sufficient fabric to print and make your order.


Courses for Winter 2022

Pattern cutting course for winter 2022

FACE MASK – new product

Face masks designed to be stylish, assuming this is possible. But above all comfortable and practical. Made in cotton, double thickness and washable as advised by the experts. After listening to nurses and those wearing masks I have designed a mask that does not rely on your ears to secure them. I have kept the…

Taking a break

I am looking forward to a month in Hawkes Bay visiting friends. The boutique and workshop will be closed while I am away. On line orders if I have the garments in stock will be sent out as usual, I have a friend calling into the workshop to assist me. Garments that need to be…


Flower Painting exhibition now on

I am proud to present my many flower paintings as an exhibition, a room full of flowers from my garden. One painting has sold to a buyer in Wellington, there are many more to choose from. I have selected 13 paintings and had them printed as limited edition Giglee prints. They make perfect gifts for…

The Nelson Art Expo 2019

This is a preview of my new flower paintings, oil on to canvas for this years Nelson Art Expo

Winter is back

Just as I was starting to enjoy the warmer weather it has all changed. At time like this when I look across to the snow covered mountains I am so glad I am not a farmer, the lambs must be arriving soon. Dressing to keep warm is the topic of this post. The MADCAT skirts…

Finally a new wonderfully clear Website

I am so pleased to announce the launch of my new website. It has taken a while. It has been a steep learning curve for me this last year. Now with all my new skills I can continuously update this site and let you know about all my new textile designs and colour ways. Web…

Back To Top