From Beth: This fantastic pattern review by Megan kicks off a month’s worth of skirt pattern reviews. Megan makes a good case for immediately starting your own Cute Skirt. For more on Megan don’t miss her introduction and, if you haven’t already, you’ll want to become a regular reader of her blog, The Scent of Water.

Pattern
Cute Skirts by Favorite Things
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Description
A simple skirt with 8 panels, and options to add gores or a flounce.
Materials
1¾ yards fabric (44 inch wide)
¾ yard fusible interfacing
1 pkg. 1” waistband elastic
thread
Additional fabric for flounces or gores listed on the pattern.
Overall Design 5 stars
It’s not often that sophisticated style meets easy construction, but it does here. The 8 panels combined with the elasticized back waistband make for an individualized, flattering fit, and the flounce and gore options mean you can achieve a multitude of looks with the same pattern.
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Written Instructions 5 stars
The written instructions are clear, easy to follow, and a little less formal than most, which was an appealing touch. My first read through of a sewing pattern usually leaves me a little bewildered on the details but this time I was quite confident on how the skirt went together before I started sewing. It is constructed differently than I would have imagined if I had just seen the cut out pattern pieces, however, and so it really is important to read through the instructions before you start.
Diagrams / Images 5 stars
I loved the hand-drawn look of these. They were also quite clear, and I found them very easy to follow.
Pattern Pieces 5 stars
The basic skirt has three exceptionally simple pattern pieces to cut out. Though there are 8 panels, it is so quick and easy to cut them out, particularly if you double the fabric and cut 2 at a time, that I found myself not minding at all. This is the part of garment making I like least, so it was a pleasant surprise to have it be such a simple process.
The pattern itself is standard flimsy tissue, and as this skirt looks so good, has so many possible variations, and is easy to make, it would seem wise to take the time to trace the pattern on to better paper so that it will stand up to being used many times.
Overall Level of Difficulty Very Easy
The great thing about this skirt, aside from its sophisticated look, is how amazingly easy it is to put together. I started mine mid-morning and had it finished well before lunch, and I am not a quick sewer. I made the basic skirt, and am sure that a beginner would have little trouble with it, even if they wished to add in the flounce or gores. More advanced sewers will find the speed of making the skirt quite satisfying and any adaptations they wish to make, such as in length, quite easy and obvious.
Modifications + Tips
I didn’t modify the skirt at all, but when I make it again (as I surely will), I will be lengthening it considerably. I am average height and the finished skirt was about knee length on me, which I personally find too short. Nobody needs to see these knees. However, it is clearly marked on the panels exactly where to lengthen and shorten them, so changing the length either way is a very simple process. This also means, of course, that if you are very much taller or shorter than average, making the skirt to fit your proportions will not be a problem.
I would advise taking the time to hand sew the waistband as per the pattern instructions. Though you can machine sew it (and I did for speed), hand sewing will give a totally professional look, and this skirt is worth it.

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Fabric Recommendations
I used a lightweight cotton from my stash, as I usually do on a first run through of a new pattern. It worked fine, and will make a nice summer weight skirt, but I think the skirt would fall even better with a heavier weight fabric, and that is what I will be using for it in the future. However, one of the many great things about this pattern is that it is so adaptable to many different styles and fabrics, and you could make the same thing in 3 different types of fabric, from denim through to satin, and have three different, equally successful, looks. The additional weight of the flounce or gores would probably make a lighter cotton work well.
As a small aside, it’s important to use fusible interfacing. I used sewn-in interfacing and the waistband bunched just a little bit because of it.
Conclusion
I had been keen to review this pattern because I had already heard good things about it from other sewers, and I was not disappointed. As with all simple things, the secret of its success lies in the detail. Take the time to finish the seams nicely, sew the waistband properly, and make sure the seams are all laying the same way, and you will have a very cute, extremely wearable, and professional looking skirt. I thoroughly enjoyed making it and I am already planning in my mind how I am going to make a little mini-wardrobe of these skirts: the possible variations on the one basic pattern are huge.
This pattern ranges from a size 4 to a size 22, and will easily fit the specific dimensions of most women. Cut out the size nearest to your hip measurements (details on the pattern) as the waist and length are easy to adjust, as previously mentioned, making for a tailored just-for-you fit.

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I think it’s a genius little pattern, will be using it often, and not only recommend it but will be looking to buy more Favorite Things patterns in the future myself based on the simplicity, great design, and ease of this one.

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