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Monday, 28 April 2014

The Everyday Skirt


I recently found time to sneak a couple of things in for myself. I have bought a couple of the new Liesl + Co patterns and this is the first one I decided to make. Summer is approaching and I literally have nothing in my wardrobe this time around. You can't have too many skirts!

This pattern (the Everyday Skirt) is super simple to make up and depending on the fabric, this would look great in the day or in the evening. 

The pockets are fantastic!



I always feel more comfortable in blue so it should come as no surprise that I made two plain blue skirts. The first one I made was a size L (12 - 14), and while I really liked the fit and style, I felt I would wear it more if it fitted closer. So I made my second one, this darker blue, in size M (8 - 10) and felt much happier about the whole thing.


This is a twill that I have had forever. I am glad to see the last bits of it getting used up. It is a medium to heavy weight fabric so the gathers stand a bit proud at the front. In a lighter fabric, like the linen of my first version, they fall beautifully. Maybe in version 3.0 I will get the mix of size and fabric right!


Excuse the wrinkles, I was playing on the garden swing prior to the photo and ended up looking a bit crumpled. 

The length is as standard, no modifications. I may add about an inch and a half next time, purely a personal preference. If I were doing a winter version to be worn with tights, this length is just fine for me.


The lighter blue is the size L and the darker one the size M. There isn't much in it but I preferred the smaller one. See how nicely the linen gathers compared to the twill?


I played around and added five rows of topstitching onto the bottom of the skirt. It may be because this blue fabric has been in my stash for years and I am sick of seeing it, but I thought the plain blue was a bit boring. A subtle bit of topstitching gives it some texture.


I would recommend this pattern to anyone. It is a lovely thing to sew and comes together quickly. I don't feel too dressed up for the school run and it only uses 1 3/4 yards of fabric so making a few more is an easy click-and-buy away. A really good wardrobe staple.



10 comments:

  1. These both look like fab basics Katy - I really like the topstitching you used on the hem line.
    Size-wise, this pattern is a bit tricky, huh? I made the M for myself, but also recently made the XS for my SIL, which also fitted me!

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    1. Hooray for that! ;-)
      It is a great pattern to have and comes together very quickly. Good for when you need something new in a hurry. Thanks Justine!

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  2. Those look like such great wardrobe staples! Thanks for the notes on fabric and fit. And I love the rows of stitching you added to the bottom. Perfect!

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    1. Thank you! I have worn them both a lot recently.

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  3. Both look fabulous! I just love the wear my skirt, so pretty and comfy too.

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    1. Thanks Sharon. I have just made one for work too and the pockets will come in so useful (we have pens with legs in our shop and I am forever hunting one down. I can now hide one in my skirt!)

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  4. They look really good, and useful. Lovely top stitching on the bottom!

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    1. Thanks, I couldn't resist the topstitching!

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  5. They look great Katy. I came so close to copying your topstitching but it was late night sewing and I was ready for bed! I also think I had too much fabric with the size L and want to make another in the M. Should have listened to you!

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    1. Ha! Thanks Shelley. The M works so well for me. They are really comfy skirts aren't they?

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