Pattern Review: Paco Peralta’s Apron Skirt

What happens when the boss lady comes down with the galloping crud and goes to work hacking up a lung? Let me tell you. The elves get all “go home and rest, we can take care of everything here.” So I did. Alas, thanks to the miracle of modern cold meds, I wasn’t able to get any real sleep today, but this afternoon I did feel well enough to put on music and finish my Paco Peralta skirt, so here you go!

Pattern Description: (From Paco’s Etsy shop) Very easy APRON Skirt sewing pattern for regular sizes. Fitted, lined, slightly tapered skirt, below knee. Has raised slightly waistband with self facing. Back longitudinals princess seams, without side seams, and center back zipper. Back slit. Finished fack from waist length: 62 cm. (approx 24,5 inches).

Sizing: S-M-L. I made a slightly smallish medium

Fabric Used: Stretch Double Faced Wool Crepe, the same fabric that I used for my Marcy Tilton Vogue pattern. For the lining I used a (sold out) rose print silk crepe de chine from Gorgeous Fabrics.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 65/9 needle, Metrosene thread, invisible zipper, handsewing needle, beeswax.

Tips Used during Construction: Sew From Wide to Narrow, Press that Bad Mamma Jamma, Wonderful Woolens.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? There aren’t any, but this pattern is beautifully drafted, and it goes together without a hitch. Also, if you need help with it, Paco has lots of information and tutorials On His Blog.

Construction Notes: Because of the nature of the double cloth. I decided to do a few things differently. The fabric doesn’t ravel, so I thought it would be kind of fun to do some interesting seaming and let the fabric take the driver’s seat. I decided to use one color for the front apron/center back pieces and the other for the side and lower front pieces. I mocked up the skirt and put the front on Shelley to give me a feeling for how it would look on the body.

Blue with black surround/sides?

Or black with blue surround/sides… Much better!

After making the big decision, I decided to overlap the seamlines on the apron and the sides as well as on the back and back sides, and use a zigzag edge stitch to attach them. I did this for two reasons: one, it’s kind of a cool idea, and highlights the double-sided nature of the fabric. Second, the fabric is slightly stiff, and this eliminates bulk, especially in the rounded corners of the apron. I mirrored that method on the back/side-back pieces as well. To do it, I machine basted right along the seamline of all the pieces. I trimmed the seam allowance off the apron and the sides of the back pieces (not the CB seam). Then I carefully laid the apron over the side seams, matching up the seamlines, and I used a zigzag stitch all the way around. I did the same on the back.

Seam on the side/front piece

Hint: use a rotary cutter for best results. No jagged edges!

I made the side seams normally, and my ham and clapper got a good workout thanks to this fabric.
One mississippi, two mississippi....

The pattern calls for a self facing. Again, due to the inherent stiffness of the fabric I opted to cut down the facing and raise the waistline of the lining, eliminating bulk. I understitched the the waistline seam so it would roll nicely toward the lining. I also did a mitered hem at the vent opening. I slipstitched the zipper to the back side of the fabric, to keep it flat, then I finished the lining and hemmed the entire skirt, pressed it et voila! A Gorgeous (if I may say so) Paco Peralta design! I still want to put a hook and eye at the very top, but I’ll do that tomorrow. Here’s a picture of the front:
I'm a little wider than Shelley, so you see more of the blue on me.

And of the back:

Likes/Dislikes: This is a great pattern. It hugs the body beautifully, and the seaming details make it so flattering! I can’t wait to wear it. Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow and will be able to wear it to the office or out with DH.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes! I want to try this again in a “regular” fabric. It goes together beautifully and it looks fantastic on. Bravo, Paco!

Conclusion: This is about the only way you’ll ever see me in an apron. 😉
Here’s a picture styled on Shelley with my Marcy Tilton Jacket, my Kwik Sew Turtleneck and the fierce boots DH gave me for Christmas. I’m not posing for pictures until I get over this bug and no longer look like death warmed over.

Until then, happy sewing!

17 thoughts on “Pattern Review: Paco Peralta’s Apron Skirt”

  1. Andrea says:

    What a gorgeous outfit, can’t wait to see you model it!

  2. Mary Beth says:

    Wow! It is such a a great outfit! The skirt decision to make the apron black was the right one, too. Congrats, Ann. I hope you’re going to get some sleep and feel better

  3. Pam from South Australia says:

    Great skirt and I love the styling too. Get well soon!

  4. Nancy DaQ says:

    Love! You will look fierce in this ensemble.

  5. Great looking skirt and the whole outfit is very chic!

  6. What a great outfit, Ann. It looks great on Shelley so it will be stunning on you. I can’t wait to make the skirt too. Thanks for the tips and review. Very useful

  7. Mary says:

    Very good-looking outfit. And I am betting the elves were ‘happy’ to give you time off to make the skirt (and keep them germ-free), too. Feel better.

  8. Cennetta says:

    Great outfit. Love this design lines of Paco’s skirt. It’s a perfect match for your jacket.

  9. Karen Mulkey says:

    Love how you zig-zagged the apron/side panels together – such a great tip for knits and non-ravel type fabric!

  10. Patti says:

    Gorgeous (well, of course!)! I love how you used the double-faced fabric (and I know that cobalt blue is a smashing color for you!). Get well soon, and I look forward to seeing the outfit as you wear it!

  11. Rosie says:

    Yay baby – just gorgeous!! Happy New Year!

  12. RK says:

    Beautiful skirt – love that shade of blue! Hope you feel better soon.

  13. Pam Erny says:

    WOW! What a fab ensemble !

  14. Alethia says:

    I love this skirt, especially what you decided to do with your seams…looks great! The whole outfit is great!

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