First off, I used this tutorial by Mali to swap the patch pockets for slash front pockets. Because I have made quite a few simple skirts before I didn’t really use the instructions provided with the pattern other than to skim through, and so I did change the construction order slightly. Unlike some indie patterns, the instructions here don’t seem to be the simplest to follow, and there are only a few illustrations which might make this a bit tricky for a new dressmaker, even though a simple skirt should be very manageable.
I used some linen from Fabric Godmother for my skirt which I bought at the same time as the challis from my Bridgetown Dress. Unfortunately it is now out of stock, but I love that the random pattern means no need to match seams! The linen was a little thick to gather smoothly especially where there were several layers of fabric around the pocket. I think really I might have been better off with something a bit thinner, but the linen is beautiful and will be fantastic as the weather warms up.
For such a simple garment this was not trouble free. I cut a size M based on my measurements, but think I should have stuck with my instinct and cut a small. I had to use the elastic in the back waistband to cinch it in to fit. That has made the back of the skirt a bit more gathered than it should be and I’m not sure how flattering it is. Perhaps after a few washings the linen will soften up.
I was also not very sure about the length! I have used the 5cm hem as directed in the pattern, but I think it might be making the skirt a little too short. I ended up wearing it just below my natural waist to take these pictures to get the length that I felt comfortable in, but I’m not sure that that flatters my figure either. Maybe I just need to lower the hem a bit!
I decided to add a contrast exposed zip to jazz the skirt up a little as it is such a simple shape. I think I might use the next Sew My Style project (the Briar top by Megan Nielson) to make a simple white t-shirt to wear with this. I already have some modal cotton jersey from Girl Charlee which should be really soft and lovely for this. Definitely looking forward to the summer sewing!