I have a new skirt .
The pattern is the Everyday skirt by Oliver+s made with a lovely wool fabric.
When I thought about making a skirt for fall/winter I knew I wanted a wool skirt, knee length with pockets. Searching for the right pattern I considered several possibilities and finely found this pattern. An everyday skirt with many advantages: the design is suitable for many fabric types from wool and denim and other heavier fabrics for colder days to light cottons for summer, it has pockets with a lot of room to warm my hands, and the elastic band in the back is a promise for a very comfortable and practical garment. On the other hand it has gatherings on the front panel and usually this is not very good for me…….m….uncertain. In the end what made me decide in favor of this skirt were the many beautiful pictures of it, made by other people all around the web. I really liked it, and especially the smooth side panels that help to reduce the volume (so the skirt is not puffy at all).
I enjoyed very much sewing the skirt, the instructions are very clear and good.
But unfortunately for me, while working, I figured out too late that the waist band of the skirt is to wide for my size. I still try to understand why because I took the measurements and followed the size charts in the instruction booklet. I tried to use (my very good friend) the seam ripper but the unpicking was very unpretty , and I didn’t have more fabric. So I tried to fix the problem by reducing most of the side panels.
Pity. this was my favorite detail of the design. But never mind, I learn and I will need some more skirts. Next time (and there will be a next time) I will go down one or even two sizes, or narrow the front and back panels by a few centimeters.
I’m quite satisfied with my new skirt, although my attempt to fix the sides is not perfect at all. The bright sides: the fabric is lovely, warm and cozy and it doesn’t itch. The skirt is as comfortable as I’d expected and the pockets are deep and wonderful. It might become a staple for the colder days upcoming.
When I started to learn how to sew I was looking for patterns suitable for beginners, but didn’t really find anything I liked. Until I found this lovely blog and site. Tilly walnes from Tilly and the buttons introduces herself as designing “step-by-step guides to sewing your own clothes for the new wave of DIY dressmakers”.
Miette skirt is the first garment I ever made a few years ago. The title that caught my eyes was “the perfect sewing project for beginners!”. Well. I didn’t believe. It looks complicated…..but the detailed tutorials and the friendly attitude were very convincing. So I bought some denim fabric and jumped in to the cold water. And what can I say? Like a magic I made a skirt. A comfortable, flared wraparound skirt with detail like a bow at the front and patch pockets.
It’s not made perfect, true, but still …a skirt. And not just a skirt, but one of my favorites. I wear it at least once a week. Love.
In one of the next posts I’ll write about some other cool sewing patterns for beginners.
Now the top. I wanted to sew Agnes top since it was published in June, but didn’t have the time. It’s a close-fitting jersey top with a few neckline and sleeve options. It’s very versatile and suitable for wearing with anything. Tilly’s instructions are always very clear and friendly, even for beginners, and if you are new to sewing with knits you can also sign up to an online video workshop that will accompany you step by step through the process of sewing your agnes top.
Sewing with knits is a bit trickier then sewing with woven fabrics because of the stretch. This pattern is skill level is for “improvers”, but don’t lose confidence because if you don’t have any experience the coco top and dress pattern is a good way to start. I made a few Coco’s (I’ll write about it in another post).
Anyway, you don’t need a special machine for sewing with knits. A regular machine with zigzag stich is OK.
I made my Agnes with a ruched neckline. The fabric is a light viscose (a bit slippery but no big deal). Big LIKE. A few more knit fabrics are waiting now to become Agnes.