I have drafted this skirt so many times that I should know it by heart by now but I don't. The first few times was okay but not perfect. So worked on it some more, I eventually got a draft that I was pretty pleased with that I made it a few times but still not perfect. So then I turned to Building Patterns and drafted the skirt sloper and was a bit more pleased with the fit after the first draft. So I decided to mix the two drafts and went from there. It was actually quite easy to do. I use DIY Clothes for the basic outline and Building Patterns for the waist and hip fit this also gave the back a center back seam for a better fit. I only needed to make two muslins and I was done. And let me tell you this is best fitting skirt I have ever had, I can't wait to fill my closet with a bunch of these. I just need to trace off a working copy and put the original away for safe keeping.
I did change a little bit from the book little, the book gives you directions for a rectangular shaped waistband for the basic skirt if you want that option but it doesn't show the skirt with it. Also the basic skirt has front patch pockets which I did not like so I went with back welt pockets instead. To find the best placement for me, I just cut out a a rectangle of paper added tape and when I was finish fitting the muslin I just stuck and restuck the paper on the muslin until I was pleased with its placement and then just transfer onto the paper pattern.
- Self drafted pattern using both Design-It-Yourself Clothes and Building Patterns
- Fabric is a lightweight cotton
- 3 pattern pieces (front, back and waistband)
- A-line skirt with a non-shaped waistband
- Has a side lapped zipper and hook and eye closing
- Double turned hem
Until next time, happy sewing...