I fell for this skirt the second I laid eyes on it, then made a valiant attempt at talking myself out of buying it. I decided it was similar to the Gabriola skirt pattern, (which my sister bought me for my birthday last year, and I still haven't made...) and if I really wanted it, I could ask Santa for it. Then I saw Kerry's version, thought "who am I kidding?" and clicked on buy, and was glad I did when I saw Lizzie's version too.
I did a bit of mental stash-diving, and remembered some suiting fabric I'd bought on sale from My Fabrics. It was originally £7.95 per metre, but I got it for £3.65 per metre. I was initially not taken with it because I didn't really love the colour, but I'm glad I held on to it, because I've really come around to it.
I made Version B with pockets and a fly zip, and made two modifications. The first was to shorten it considerably as I am small. As has been mentioned by a few folks who have made this, there is no lengthen/shorten line on the pattern. I didn't want to lose any of the width in the hem, so drew a line at a right angle to the grainline on each skirt piece to act as a shorten line. It meant that I had to re-draw the seam lines a bit, but it all worked out. This meant that I could have still used the hem facing pieces as they are, but I didn't see the point of a hem facing, and just folded the hem under twice and stitched it. I didn't use the hem facings on any of my Belladone dresses either.
The second mod was to lower the waistband so it would sit at my natural waist. I hadn't considered this until I read Kerry's post, and it seemed like such a good idea that I thought I'd try it myself. I measured the waistband pieces, and the length is generous to allow for the elastic at the back, so I tapered the waistband side seams by 1/4" each, and it was grand.
I didn't really love how the waistband is sewn. The instructions say to attach the inner waistband first, then the outer waistband. I found it tricky to get a neat edge on the lower edge of the outer waistband, so would do it the other way around next time. Oh, and I used 3/4" elastic instead of 1" elastic as on the pattern, because that was what I had, and it was fine. I think I might have struggled to get 1" through the waistband.
I briefly considered matching the stripes on the fabric, but thankfully I caught myself on. I did match the stripes on the pockets though. I had planned to make this on my little Featherweight, but the fabric shifted everywhere when I was sewing the pockets; and after much unpicking, I used my own machine and walking foot.
I love this skirt! It's so swishy, and the elastic in the waistband makes it comfy to wear. And doesn't love to twirl around pretending that they're Stevie Nicks?
Have a great week,