Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website, “Up to the minute styling gives you a fashionable skirt which is a wardrobe staple for this season. Make it all in one fabric or contrast the side panels as seen in all the latest fashion magazines.”
Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10
Fabric Used: Designer Rayon SCUBA Knit Fabric in Rose Smoke from Gorgeous Fabrics
Machines and Tools Used: Juki MO654DE home serger, Pfaff sewing machine.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, 1 ½ inch elastic from
Pamela’s Patterns, thread.
Tips Used during Construction: And Now, a Word from The Pressinatrix
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They were fine. If you have any sewing experience, you really don’t need them. This is a super easy, really fast pattern to make. It’s just 5 seams and a hem. The trickiest part, if you can consider it so, is attaching the elastic to the inside waistband. And even that is super easy. The SA instructions have you stitch it at the sides to prevent rolling. I opted instead to use a three-stitch zigzag along the top of the elastic. Both will do the trick; my way keeps the elastic in place a little better. But it’s really a minor preference.
Construction Notes: I serged the seams, and I used a narrow (.5mm) zigzag stitch set to 3.0mm for the hem. I got some skipped stitches. I tried a different brand of needle from my usual Schmetz, and I don’t think it works quite as well.
Likes/Dislikes: Super, super easy skirt. From start to finish this takes about an hour. I could see making an entire wardrobe of these, if you wear skirts a lot.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. Great pattern, beautifully drafted. It goes together in a flash and gives great results. It’s a great wardrobe builder.
Here are a couple of ways to style it:
Interesting – IRL, the pinks in the skirt and jacket match perfectly, but the jacket looks more yellow in the picture. Oh well (shrugs)