Pattern Review ~ It’s a Wrap

on May 14 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 9 Comments

From Beth: Tiffaney made several skirts with this Indygo Junction skirt pattern and she says they can easily be done in under an hour! Wow! After you take a moment to imagine the possibilities, make sure you check out Tiffaney’s introduction and her blog, Folded Gingham.

It’s a Wrap by Indygo Junction
A simple wrap skirt with tie closure.
For 44″fabric you will need 3 yards for the long or short skirt
For 54″fabric you will need 2 yards for the short skirt and 2 1/3 yards for the long skirt.
Optional materials include 9 yards of 1/2″wide double fold bias tape (I chose not to use this).
Short skirt front, by Tiffaney

Short skirt back, by Tiffaney

Overall Design 5 stars
The overall design is simple and classic. It’s a great skirt for the beginner sewer and a super easy project for the more advanced sewer. It can be worked up in under an hour (it took me about 30 minutes) so it’s great for those days when you need a last minute “something new” to wear. Plus, it could easily be jazzed up with ribbon and rick rack or a decorative machine stitch.
Written Instructions 4 stars
I gave the written instructions 4 stars because I felt they were lacking a little guidance if a beginner sewer were to use this pattern. I would have included a few extra sentences in the description of attaching the waist band, such as making sure you press the raw edge seam upwards into the waistband so that it will be encased in the finished waistband. Also, pressing the bottom of the waistband edge that extends beyond the skirt body (the part that will be the tie) upwards when you are pressing the raw edge. That way you will get a clean continuous line. I snapped the following pictures while making the skirt…

Top of skirt with waistband attached.

Press seam towards top of waistband.

Press ends of waistband that will form tie
towards the top of the waistband at the same time.
Diagrams / Images 5 stars
If a little more detail were in the written the instructions, the given diagrams would be adequate. They show three descriptive diagrams of how to lay out the patterns pieces on the fabric you have selected. They included 4 drawings for the finished skirts and a photograph of a finished long and short skirt.
Pattern Pieces 5 stars
You can’t get much better than only having to work with 2 patterns pieces to make a skirt. The skirt body piece is rather large, but I worked on the floor and managed just fine.
Overall Level of Difficulty Beginner/Easy
As with most sewing projects, don’t skip the pressing. Everything from the seams to the finished edges will come out better (and sew so much easier) if you take the time to press them correctly first. Also, don’t forget to prewash your fabrics to avoid shrinkage and colors running after you have made your project.
They give one way to finish the ends of the skirt ties. I prefer another way that seems a bit less bulky and encases the raw edges better. Here are pictures to show the way I finish the ties…
Both sides pressed towards the center.
Press end into a point.
Press down.

Fold and press down center then stitch.

Fabric Recommendations
Since I hate to iron clothes, I chose fabrics that tend to wrinkle less. The green and blue flower skirt is made out of a vintage sheet. Older sheets are great for skirts as the poly/cotton blend is pretty much wrinkle resistant and the fabric is cool and soft. I had purchased 3 different Alexander Henry fabrics prior to getting this pattern and planned to make skirts out of them, but they were only 2 yards a piece, not enough for this pattern. So again, the vintage sheets are a great alternative as you will have plenty of fabric to work with. I would avoid quilting cottons, unless you like to iron. And since you are sewing a rounded edge hem, a satin or silky rayon may be hard to work into a “flat” hem resulting in a puckered look. The pattern does not give any fabric recommendations other than letting you know what the short skirt on the pattern cover is made from.
Long skirt front, by Tiffaney
I loved this pattern and the finished result was a lovely skirt that can be dressed up or down. It’s easy to wear and easy to make. I have already made several and plan on making more. It’s also “figure friendly” (I’m 5’7″and a size 16)… Did I really just tell the world that?! Oh well, it will give you an idea of how the cut and fit is.
Long skirt back, by Tiffaney

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9 Responses to Pattern Review ~ It’s a Wrap

  1. Cici says:

    Hmnn…I think i just found another pattern I *need*.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for this review! I have wanted to try a wrap skirt pattern, but I have not worn a wrap skirt since I was in 3rd grade, so I did not know how hard/easy it would be to sew my own. I appreciated your guidance about finishing the tie ends—I think I will use this a LOT for all of the bias tape end finishing I am doing for girl clothes lately.

  3. Celeste says:

    Thanks very much for this review, Tiffaney. I like the vintage sheet idea to avoid ironing–those wrap ties can be a nightmare to keep un-wrinkled!

  4. Sarah says:

    Thank you for the tips! Your skirts are lovely.

  5. Oh happy DAY! Someone who is not a size 2 modeling a skirt! I am also in the double digits and am SO peeved by designers of styles/patterns that ignore a large portion (pun intended!) of their target audiance. I am always curious what styles that I like would look like in REAL sizes and have avoided buying patterns for this very reason. BRAVO for sharing with the world!!

  6. sharon k says:

    Awesome review.. Thanks so much.

  7. beki says:

    Thanks for the great review!

  8. Kathleen says:

    Wow, excellent review. I might need to get this pattern!

  9. Jill says:

    I’ve been considering a wrap skirt for some time now but have not been able to find pictures of anyone above a size 8 wearing one…THANK YOU TIFFANEY for sharing this with us!! I am definitely inspired now to find the perfect fabric and get busy on a wrap skirt of my own. Excellent review of the pattern, btw.

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