This pattern is a “must have” in your suitcase if you are traveling. It is a half-circle gored skirt with wrap closure and fabric ties. It features three length options and needs to be sewn in a fabric with lots of drape. It is extraordinarily comfortable and, in my opinion, very flattering and feminine. It is amazing the way you feel when you’re wearing it. Every time I use it I want to twirl as my daughter does with her favorite dress!
I sewed a size S and choose to sew it up with Tencel. Tencel or Lyocell is a new sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is similar to rayon or bamboo but Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics. Its fiber is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms, and it has several certifications that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests. It is soft, absorbent, very strong when wet or dry, resistant to wrinkles and drapes well. I have some RTW garments that are in rotation in my closet so I wanted to try to work with this amazing new fabric. I found it in a local store here, in Barcelona. They have several solid colors and it was really hard to chose only one, but I finally bought the lavender fabric.
This is a pattern with only a few steps, but it takes longer than it seems at first read. The skirt panels have bias seams so you need to sew slowly, carefully and press a lot or the seams will end up looking wavy. To set the bias drape you will have to hang the fabric overnight. Don’t worry, Melisa includes some easy to follow tips for sewing bias seams; read them and everything will go smoothly. I sewed my hem with a 6 mm wide edge presser foot and then topstitched the waistband with an overcast foot for a professional finish.
I love, love, love my new skirt. It goes well with many of my tanks and tops, it is really pretty, comfortable, resistant to wrinkles… Can you ask for more?
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