I have skirts on my mind at the moment, my aim is to stock up my wardrobe with a few staples before the warm weather hits.
I have admired this pattern for a while and it recently came back into my mind so I tracked it down and bought the PDF pattern. The original version was printed in a copy of Stitch magazine but I found it available on the Interweave site.
There is some handsewing involved but don't let that put you off. It gives the placket and waistband a lovely professional finish. Edgestitching instead of handsewing the placket down would also look great as an alternative.
The pattern is so easy to follow and was a pleasure to sew up. I love the pleats, they are deep and crisp and give the skirt such a lovely shape.
The waistband sits high up, higher than most and the belt ties add a nice touch. I would like them to be a bit longer so they don't sit so straight when worn.
Now while I enjoyed making this a lot, I am not sure it is very flattering on my figure. I have a curvy shape and the pleats make the skirt more voluminous than your typical a-line. That said I have used quite a heavy twill fabric and so it doesn't drape softly. I would try a lightweight cotton next time to see if it skimmed over my hips a bit better.
I don't like showing too much leg and it is a bit short for me. I could wear this length
with tights for the winter, my personal preference would be to have it a bit longer so I could use it as a summer skirt.