|Top: Mission maxi tank, Necklace: Elk, Shoes: opshop|
So apparently I've been on a mission to make all the pink things. Although I did actually finish this skirt as a pattern tester for Megan way back in January. I signed up (along with most of Melbourne it seems!) with the intention of making it in denim but somewhere along the way decided that a midi in this vibrant viscose would be the way to go.
- Pattern: Megan Nielsen Brumby skirt
- Size: my measurements fell between the XS and the S, and talking to other testers and finding out that the test version ran a little large, I cut the XS and did a smaller (1cm) seam allowance. This sizing may have been adjusted slightly in the final version though. For reference my waist is 27 inches.
- Version: 2, midi length with pockets. There is also a shorter version with less gathering for thicker fabrics (like denim) and a knee length version with no pockets.
- Fabric: Viscose from Darn Cheap fabrics from the $2m table
- As I was testing I didn't make any changes apart from the sewing the waistband with a slightly smaller SA and due to the slippery nature of my fabric I elected to use an invisible zip instead of an exposed zip.
- I also chose to hand-stitch the waistband facing down rather than top stitching.
- This was a nice easy sew, especially as I decided not to do the exposed zip due to the light fabric. I did recently use the instructions for the exposed zip in a top and they worked perfectly. I've tried (and failed) to get this type of zip insertion before so it was great to have some clear instructions. I'll definitely be using them again!
- Because my fabric was quite thin I gathered using the basting method but it was good to have details of an alternative method (using string) if using thicker fabric. Dental floss would have worked too.
- The waistband 'walked' bit when I put in the zip - my fault for forgetting to stabilise this area (which the instructions do tell you to do!).
- The waistband is a little bit wrinkly- the soft fabric doesn't have quite enough structure- so I probably should have used slightly stiffer interfacing.
- The pockets on the test version were a little shallow but I think this may have been rectified in the final version. In this softer fabric they hang out a little which I actually rather like the look of.
I thought that this skirt might feel a bit 90's but it got a lot of wear over the summer with a white tank and I've also worn it a few times with boots and a long sleeved top. Got to love a trans-seasonal garment! The wide, curved waistband is really comfy and with the lighter fabric if feels like there is just about the right amount of gathering - floaty and full without being pouffy.
The pattern is now available in print and PDF format.