I’ve been looking for a simple A-line skirt pattern, primarily because I need a new denim skirt, and I had 2 metres of a medium weight chambray/denim which I bought from my local fabric shop for about £5/m. So when I found this envelope in my pattern stash I thought it would do the job!
I decided to make view B, which is the knee length option – and it only takes a metre of fabric. Result! Unfortunately, when I opened the packed I discovered that someone had got here before me. I think it must have been a hand me down pattern as it had already been cut out in a size 10 and some of the pieces were missing – including the facings.
After measuring myself, I decided I needed a size 16, which would fit my hips, and slightly grade out the waist. So I took the existing pattern and using the size 16 lines which had remained – for example at the waist and the hem, and looking at the patterns for view E, I graded it up.
I also drafted some new facing pattern pieces based on the skirt pattern.
It all went together easily, good clear instructions. I decided to face it with some crafting cotton as I thought the denim would be too heavy, and used lightweight fusible interfacing. I pressed the seams and finished them on the overlocker for neatness.. I didn’t have a 7″ zip so I shortened an existing one.
Once the zip was in I decided to be good and machine baste the side seams to check the fit. Good job I did – it was huge, especially near the hem. So from my regraded pattern, I took off half an inch at the bottom on each side, up to 1/4″ at the waist on each side. Need to remember to alter my pattern accordingly!
After that it all went together easily, the facing went on neatly and I hemmed it using red ribbon as a hemming tape. Next time I might bind the seams to make it super neat. And it could be made slightly longer.
Main points and adjustments:
- only needs 1m of wide fabric, 7″ zip, possible bias/hem tape, fusible interfacing and hook and eye.
- Graded up to size 16
- Too big so took half on inch off the top – 1/4″ each side, down to 1″ at bottom – 1/2″ each side.
- Slightly longer?
I’d like to do something similar with a front buttoned faux placket – I’ve got enough fabric left.
I’ve also seen similar ones in tan real suede – and faux suede – at M&S and I think this pattern would be perfect for that. The M&S ones have front splits that seem to gape a bit and I’d prefer to do away with the split and have a placket instead.