It’s been a while since I last made a skirt, and since this Sewaholic pattern is on my #2017makenine list and the warmer weather is coming, I thought it was about time that I made it.
It is the first time I have made a Sewaholic pattern. I purchased this several months ago from The Crafty Sew and So in Leicester, with the intention of making it up in a lovely corduroy for Winter, but just didn’t get around to it. I love that it is a design that you can make using Summer or Winter appropriate fabric. The fabric, by the way, was from Barry’s Fabrics in Birmingham, purchased on a recent sewing get-together (#fmbham). It’s a cotton chambray with a slight stretch. I can’t find a link to this particular one but if you like this style of fabric may I suggest you head over to Minerva crafts where they have a great selection of patterned and plain chambrays.
I enjoyed the pattern. The instructions were easy to understand and accompanied by black and white illustrations. There are 3 different choices – a slightly gathered skirt, a fuller gathered skirt or a slightly longer knee length version.
I can’t see anywhere if Sewaholic have a skill description on this pattern, but I would guess as advanced beginner/intermediate. You might notice that the waistband is made from several pieces and optional top stitching, slash pockets, gathering and zip insertion are part of this skirt’s construction.
Having said all that, the instructions are very good and take you through the whole process stage by stage as you would expect.
I love that is has pockets, (hooray for pockets)! and that they lay nice and flat. They are strengthened with a little twill tape and are edge finished with a line of top stitching.
I chose to make version A, which has fewer gathers as I didn’t want to add bulk to my hips. This worked out great. I have since learned that Sewaholic patterns are designed for curvy shapes (Yay)! and so I don’t think this would have been an issue even with more gathers!
The centre back of the skirt has a regular 9″ zip. I have sewn so many invisible zips just lately it was a nice change to use a regular zip this time.
Finally, this skirt is a top stitchers dream! If top stitching is your thing then you need to seriously consider this skirt! The top stitching is optional, and could be done in a contrasting thread if you like that look. I initially was going to leave it, but I couldn’t resist as I really like that challenge of neatly topstitched seam. I’m glad I did as I think it looks great when you are looking at the skirt in detail, especially as some of the waistband seams are curved.
All in all a great project. I made no alterations to the size I cut, and it fits like a glove. Happy days. Needless to say I am now keen to sew more Sewaholic patterns. I particularly like the look of the Cambie dress, the Renfrew top and the Rae skirt. Oh dear- more additions to my very long ‘to make’ list!
Have you made this skirt or any other Sewaholic patterns? I would love to hear your thoughts. How are you getting on with your #2017makenine list? This is my fourth item now sewn.
Take care, and I’ll be back soon.