This skirt is from the Seamwork, skill building pattern collection.
Patsy: With subscriber’s bonus – pleats.
I have been working on this skirt since it came out; not sure if that was two or three months ago, and really not wanting to look. Let’s go with two! I can’t say I loved the farmgirl version, original Patsy, but this shorter pleated version definitely got my attention.
Perfectly timed, I had just seen a blogger I follow (Elisalex of By Hand London fame) make a similar tea length version without a pattern right before this pattern was released. For mine, I did a dark pink faux silk, fully lined version, with added inseam pockets. In full disclosure, I left it below the knee length and joked with my SIL that it looked like a religious oppression skirt. The length plus pleats was not a winning combination for me.
I shortened it and am pretty happy with the results. Unfortunately, my waist size changed during the long duration between muslin and skirt and now it’s a bit baggy, which I could do without. I’m kind of kicking myself for not trying it on during construction as I had to redo the zipper twice and I could’ve easily taken it in either of those times. Oh well. Worked pretty well with bike shorts underneath on Sunday.
And for a bit of bad news….whomp, whomp, whomp. I had planned to make the Astoria top to go with this skirt. Wouldn’t that have looked cute?! Then the long sleeve t-shirt Alice came out this month and I decided at the 11th hour to make that. Only my computer stopped talking to my printer and I was so frustrated I printed the pattern using Hubby’s computer.
Weeeellll, you know how there is the test square on the first sheet to make sure the pattern prints the correct size? I noticed it was a touch, a tad, an itty bitty bit small. Turns out that makes a BIG difference. After all my careful sewing and finishing. I can’t get my arms into the Alice top I made. Waaahhhh. Should’ve stuck to tried and true Astoria! A real bummer.