A cold front has made its way down to us here in Texas, and I must say that it’s pretty fantastic. Finally, it’s boot-wearin’ weather! I’m more of a summer girl myself, but I can certainly appreciate a few months of chilly weather. It’s worth noting that it makes my 12-mile daily bike rides that much more enjoyable!
I chose this pattern because I loved the design (hello, big skirt!) and because I knew I would get a lot of use out of it. I had to start with some basic colors because I was filling a need in my closet, but this skirt is begging to be made in bright colors and prints. It’s gorgeous. I have a lovely Christmas-y floral twill that I think I will make next.
I made the olive green skirt first. The waistband is quite wide and cut on the fold. I never sew waistbands this way–I always cut my self fabric and lining as individual pieces so that I can understitch on the lining, and my waistbands are always 1.5″ wide. I liked the wider waistband though, it was a nice change of pace. (I think I may actually like the olive skirt a bit better than the khaki one.) For the khaki skirt I narrowed the waistband and cut the self fabric and lining separately. I also lined both skirts, because you know it’s hard for me not to line things–but it’s not necessary to do this. In fact, when I make this skirt again, I probably won’t line it. If you want to line the skirt, you can cut the pattern pieces in the lining of your choice. You can also draft a quarter or half circle pattern to save fabric. I had a limited amount of khaki lining fabric, so I drafted a half circle skirt pattern and adjusted it to match the side seams.
The waistband from the pattern and my 1.5″ waistband:
I also found that I was in between sizes in this pattern, so I cut out my usual size and took off about 3/8″ from the center back seam. Did the trick.
The pleats are easy to sew, and you could always topstitch them which would be a nice detail.
Side seam pockets.
Notes about the pattern:
#1. It’s easy and fun to sew. It can be a great basic skirt as I’ve done here, or it could be really spectacular in a bright print or brocade. I will make it again.
I got lucky with materials because the fabrics I used were left over from my business. I even had zippers and lining. I used cotton sateen for both skirts, which can be purchased inexpensively from most suppliers.
Lots of new tutorials, style posts, and sparkly garments coming up in the next few weeks! Have a great week!
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