Making a Skirt for Everyday

Making a Skirt for Everyday

The instagram sewing community is incredibly supportive nurturing and inspiring and it never ceases to amaze me! I happened to mention to fellow instagrammer  Suzy Roberts that I adored the fabric of her latest make. A couple of weeks later, she messaged me to say that she had some left and would I like it!! It was so kind and thoughtful, I was utterly overwhelmed!!

The parcel came in the post and was beautifully wrapped in a vintage ribbon and even more bright and beautiful in real life!!

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It is the most beautiful drapey and soft brushed twill with a border print. It felt like such a massive responsibility to make something perfect for the fabric, something I would wear a lot and something that would fit me well and not end up on the reject pile!

I scoured the internet for skirt patterns as I decided that the border on the edge of the fabric would look perfect as the hem and the darker border for the waste band. I have always admired Karyn Valino owner of  The Workroom, a sewing studio and community space in Toronto. I saw her version of the everyday skirt and knew that I had found the pattern.

The everyday skirt is by Liesl & Co, a pattern designer from New York. Their mantra is ‘Everyday style that is easy to sew’ and they have a fantastic range of dresses, shirts and skirts. The PDF is a bit different to the usual in that it uses every spare corner and you have to slice some pieces in half and fit them to the corresponding numbers. It was a great use of the paper with absolutely no waste!!

The pattern had very clear instructions with easy to follow diagrams and step by step guidance. I made it in a couple of evenings and didn’t have to make any adjustments, the fit was perfect. As the pattern uses elastic on the waistband with no zips or fastenings that also cuts down on the make time. Im really pleased how the bordered fabric works with the skirt and i love the pockets…obviously!!

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It’s a really fab skirt which could be dressed up or down and I’m already planning my second using some Liberty lawn from my stash!!

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