Pattern Review ~ Belle Skirts

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Belle Skirts Jennifer from Jennifer Ladd (and our board) reviewed this Favorite Things pattern for us. We think new skirts are the perfect Spring Sewing project!

Pattern
Belle Skirts from Favorite Things

Description
The Belle Skirt is great for Spring! I love its relaxed style that is perfect for a walk in the park or a picnic under the sun. It’s as easy to make as it is to wear, so you won’t spend hours laboring over your sewing machine… You can go out into the beautiful weather and show off your new look!

The skirt features a wide waistband with elastic which you can adjust so that the skirt sits on your waist or on your hips. The gathers underneath the waist add some extra body to the skirt. The main panels of the skirt flare out to the contrast band at the bottom edge. There is also a pattern included for an optional belt.

Sizes 4-22 are all included in the pattern.

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Contrasting band at the bottom edge.

Materials
The skirt can be made with one, two, or three different fabrics. I chose to use a different print for the waistband, the body of the skirt, and the contrast band, but you could use fewer fabrics if you would like a more simple looking skirt.

– for the waistband: 2/3 yard fabric for sizes 4-12, or 1 yard fabric for sizes 14-22
– for the main panels: 1 yard fabric
– for the contrast band: ½ yard fabric
– 1 ½ yards of 3/8” elastic
– thread

for the optional belt:
– 1/6 yard fabric
– 3” velcro (5/8” or 3/4”) or 3 small buttons

Fabric Recommendations
Since this skirt is a bit flared, rather full, and quite bouncy, I recommend using lightweight fabrics. Heavier fabrics probably would not look right with both the elastic and the gathers. Cottons with pretty prints work great. I could also see this working beautifully with linen or even silk.

For my own skirt, I used beautiful Anna Maria Horner prints from the new Good Folks line from Sew,Mama,Sew! (Cathedral Royal, Fortune Sea, and Buttoned Up Sea). After such a long, cold, dreary winter, I was so excited to use bright and bold prints for a pretty Spring skirt!

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Overall Design 4 stars
I love the look of my finished skirt! I must admit that I was hesitant, at first, because I usually lean away from skirts with elastic and gathers – I usually look or a more fitted or tailored look. But I was so surprised that the skirt actually looks great when I wear it! It is cute, it is fun, and the elastic actually adds to the overall sweet look of the design, rather than making it look dowdy or ill-fitted. I think the design is trendy and modern, and I can’t wait to wear it out and show it off!

I was also very pleasantly surprised with how well the skirt fit. I actually couldn’t believe it the first time I tried it on. I have been making skirts for myself since I was a teenager, and this is the first time … ever! … that I have not had to alter a pattern to fit me. I think the design of the skirt is very accommodating to different body types – I was able to adjust the elastic so that it fit just the way I like without having to take in the sides like I normally would with other skirt patterns. I also loved how the skirt could sit at the waist or at the hips (my preference), so that I got the finished look that I want and so that it is comfortable for me to wear.

As much as I love my new skirt, I was a little deceived by the pictures on the package. The waistbands on the women in the pictures appear to be about an inch wide. Now that I have my own skirt finished, I can see that the women on the package just have their shirts pulled down over quite a bit of the waistband, and the waistband is actually 5 inches wide. I do like the thick waistband because I can pull my shirt down and yet still show off the cute contrasting print (if the waistband was thinner, we wouldn’t be able to see it under a shirt). It was a surprise to me, though, and I actually ready through the directions quite a few times wondering if I was doing something wrong since my waistband was so much wider than I expected.

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Contrasting waistband is 5 inches wide.

The only part of the design that I was not fully happy with is that there is a seam down the middle of the front and the back panels. In my own skirt, this didn’t affect the finished look too much, but I could see that if you were to use a larger-scale print, a seam down the middle could disrupt the pattern quite a bit.

 

Written Instructions 4 stars
The instructions to the pattern were very clear. I followed what they told me to do, and I never got lost, never got confused and, even better, I never had to rip out a seam!

I do feel, however, that the instructions would not have been completely adequate if someone was using this pattern for a beginning project. Since I have been sewing for so long, terms like “topstitch” or “basting stitch” are a part of my daily vocabulary. But specialized sewing terms like these are used in the pattern with no explanation of what they mean, and a beginning sewer might need a little more help with some of these concepts. Luckily, none of the terms were difficult, and they would be very easy to learn with just some basic research. (A good site for some of the basic terms is http://thesewingdictionary.com)


Diagrams / Images 5 stars
The pattern used a picture to go along with each written direction. They were all clearly labeled and helped me see exactly what to sew and how to sew it. The pattern did not include a cutting layout which you will see in some patterns, but there were so few pieces that it really was not necessary.

Pattern Pieces 5 stars
Here is a little secret about me: I love to sew, but I actually HATE to cut out patterns. I was very pleased to see that this skirt had only three pieces, plus one for the belt. I might have actually let out a little squeal of joy when I saw this! The pieces were very basic, clearly labeled, and not at all tricky to cut.

Overall Level of Difficulty Beginner
This pattern is definitely easy enough for a beginner. There are only 9 steps, and most of the steps are sewing two straight pieces together. It was a very quick project – it only took me about 2.5 hours (and that was with a very distracting two-year-old at my feet most of that time!). Of course, as I mentioned earlier, if you are using this as a first project, you will have to look up some terms that are not difficult to do, but just not fully explained in the pattern.

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Modifications + Tips
I was, overall, very pleased with how the skirt turned out, and I plan on making many more of these skirts all throughout Spring and Summer. I love that the skirt can be easily modified for a different look. Here are a few ideas I have already thought of:
– Use only one print instead of three separate prints for a more simple design.
– Use solid-colored fabrics for the skirt, and use colorful prints as applique designs (I already have an idea for a natural-colored skirt with a bright pink and orange bird in the bottom corner).
– Sew different trims on the bottom instead of adding the contrast band (wouldn’t some vintage lace or ruffle look so cute?!).
– Take off the contrast band all together for a shorter, bouncy little skirt.

There is one design modification I may consider:
– If I use a larger-scale print, the seam down the center front and center back may disrupt the pattern. Instead, I will take off ½” off the vertical side of the skirt panel pattern piece and then cut it from the fabric on the fold. I will end up with two larger pieces instead of four smaller pieces that I need to stitch together. I will have the same size front panel and back panel as the pattern wants me to have, but I do not have the center seam.

Although the skirt was very easy to make and all the steps were quite simple, there were two parts that jumped out at me as perhaps a bit daunting to a beginning sewer who might not know what the terms mean:

– One step has you run a basting stitch and make gathers. This step is actually very easy, and my grandma taught me a way to do this that is sure to work every time: set your stitch length on your machine to as long as you can make it. Keep your threads fairly long and sew a straight stitch across the top of your fabric (I use my presser foot as a guide to make sure this stitch is fairly straight). Do not clip your threads when you are finished – leave them a few inches long. Then, sew a second line just under this first line.

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This will give you more strength and help prevent your threads from breaking and ruining your gather. Take hold of one of the top sets of two threads (just leave the bottom threads alone) and pull them gently while pushing the fabric in the opposite direction. You will see immediate gathers! Just work from both sides so that it is easier to keep your gathers even.

– Another step has you pulling elastic through a casing all the way around the top of your skirt. An easy way to do this is to attach a large safety pin to the top of your elastic and insert the pin into the opening of the casing.

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Slowly push the pin through the fabric by gathering more and more fabric onto the pin. After a few inches, pinch the top of the pin and pull the gathers of fabric straight behind it. The process moves pretty quickly, and before you know it, the pin will be coming out the other side with the elastic attached.

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Conclusion
This skirt was fun to make, super easy, and so quick. I love the finished look – it is fun and flirty and perfect for Spring. I love the skirt so much, in fact, that I quickly decided that I needed to make a matching purse.

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Blue Garden Wooden Handle Purse, Jennifer Ladd

Luckily, I had enough fabric left over to make two purses: one for my shop (Note from Beth: Sold Out already– But there are lots of other beautiful choices!)… and one for me! I just couldn’t resist!

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167 Responses to Pattern Review ~ Belle Skirts

  1. queenD says:

    This blog is realy good. I learned a lot here.

  2. Ashford says:

    Several ladies asked about how it would look on wider hips or waist. I’ve been reading a lot of how to’s lately on what I call clothing camouflage.

    In the close up photo, the gathers at the waist do not look real full. It should not bulk unless you use a too stiff or a heavy fabric.

    The body of the skirt has only a slight flare, very much like an A-line, so the fullness there should not be a problem. Women with shape look best in clothes that skim the body -not too tight and definitely not big and baggy.

    If the seam at the hip line hits at your widest hip point, use 2 fabrics that blend well for the top and middle sections. Make that seam the least noticable.

    Diagonal lines will visually slim you. Play with your fabric to see if your fabric pattern could work in a diagonal flow or v shape from the center.

    If you are short, use one of the main colors up by your face to draw the eye upwards. You could use…earrings, headband, hat, necklace, scarf, decorative pin, or applique.

  3. Melanie says:

    Great fabric choices, and very nice review! Thanks for looking out for us beginning sewers.

  4. Heather says:

    I can not WAIT to make this skirt. I just ordered the pattern and the fabric to make two for my birthday. I’m doing one in Village Brite Good Earth with Poppies Pool Good Earth contrast and waist, and the other with Poppies Pool Good Earth with Lotus Teal Gabrielle for the contrast and waist. I am SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!

  5. Tiffany Griffin says:

    I love this skirt!!

  6. Margaret A says:

    I am a beginner sewer and always appreciate good reviews/tutorials that truly mean beginner when they say beginner. I have made this skirt twice. The first time I was a little off with the choice of fabric patterns (but I still wear it) and the second has gotten rave reviews. It is a really easy skirt but doesn’t look “easy ” when on. Thanks for the review as it helped boost my confidence and allowed me to go on to some more advanced beginner projects!

  7. Lindy says:

    Love this pattern. Made 2 (one for daughter and one for me) on a recent visit to her in FL. One question though, is the waist panel meant to be cut on the bias? It seemed to be from the layout and wondered if this would cause it to stretch out of shape some. They turned out very cute but we had to allow for a little more elastic on hers since there is a baby on the way :)

  8. Gina says:

    Great review! Is there a pattern for the purse also?
    Gina

  9. Robin says:

    Ordered the pattern, purchased fabric Monday, cut 2 skirts out Thursday, just finished 1st skirt starting the 2nd, love it!

  10. Angela C. says:

    Love the skirt and the review. Thanks for the giveaways.

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  11. Tammi S. says:

    love the skirt and pattern. thanks for sharing

  12. andrea says:

    It’s so nice to be able to go through these reviews before buying the pattern :)

  13. Kristin Q says:

    This skirt looks quick and simple. Just the thing when life is so busy! It looks very comfortable, and the fabric choices really make the skirt!

  14. Keli Dean says:

    that is soooooooo cute!!!!

  15. pam says:

    Another great skirt. I think I need to get shoping for some fabric.

  16. Dot says:

    I really like the skirt pattern. I’m not big on the print choices but I’m probably too old school. (I’m too young to be old school!) Anyway. I love elastic waists but to find ones that are flattering is hard. This looks like a good one. Thanks for the review.

  17. Isabel says:

    Appropiate colours for the summer approaching :)

  18. Amber says:

    Absolutely love the skirt!

  19. annie says:

    Great, great post! I’m inspired to make this for myself! Thanks for the tip on gathering.

  20. Kate Dixon says:

    So sweet – love the fabric! Going into an Australian Winter but will make it for next Spring!

  21. Vicki Terpstra says:

    Great job on both the skirt and purse. Love the fabric choices.

  22. Beth G. says:

    Very cute skirt! I usually don’t sew clothing, but I might try this!

  23. Ginger says:

    Very pretty skirt- last pic has it looking straightm, though!

  24. Mandy says:

    This is such a cute skirt and it looks so comfy. I’ll have to make one for myself and daughter now. Thanks!!

  25. Elena says:

    What a lovely skirt!!! I’m going to make my own. Thanks for sharing!

  26. fiona says:

    oh yes yes yes
    I must make them, my DH even says beautiful

  27. Martha says:

    This is a skirt I can make…and I think I’m going to try to modify it and make one for each of my girls too!!! So cute!

  28. Deb says:

    Absolutely perfect spring project. Thanks for the great review with all of the tips!

  29. wendy says:

    That’s a gorgeous skirt!

  30. ~Heather says:

    Very nice skirt – spring is in the air! ~Heather

  31. Morgan says:

    Good Review! Thanks!

  32. Clara says:

    This is an awesome skirt. Great review too.

  33. Laura F says:

    I really love this skirt! Beautiful fabrics too..Thanks for the review. :)

  34. Alissa says:

    Ooh I’m excited that it has larger sizes included. Just the kind of skirt I love!

  35. Diane says:

    Love the bright spring colors! With 4 girls this might be up my alley.

  36. Sarah D says:

    Cute! I may have to get the pattern and make myself a (half dozen) skirt(s).

  37. Terriaw says:

    What a cute design for a skirt! I love the fabrics you used, and the idea of making a matching bag! (I still love to match things too.) I’m in the skirt-making mood these days, so thanks so much for the fabulous review.

  38. Robin says:

    Gee….I came by looking forward to what new news you would have posted for us today. :-/

    Hope your day has been beautiful.

  39. Amy D. says:

    The skirt is really cute, but I really appreciate the gathering tutorial!

  40. anne says:

    I’ll have to check out that pattern!

  41. Linda J. says:

    What a terrific skirt! I’ve got some fabric that is PERFECT for this pattern. Looks like I need to pull it out of the “I’m-saving-this-for-something-but-haven’t-figured-out-what” pile and make up this pattern.

    Thanks for the terrific pictures and concise review. (My DD thanks you, also ;-D)

  42. ellen says:

    I can’t wait for skirt weather and this one looks great!

  43. kristine hanson says:

    I love how many different sizes this pattern has

  44. Elizabeth says:

    I love the skirt design, and the fabrics. I really like all of there patterns they are really easy to follow.

  45. Anna Maschke says:

    I’m digging this skirt as well…and the modification options are endless!!

  46. Katherine says:

    I am a beginner sewer and have only sewn dresses for my daughter. I’ve been wanting to tackle something for myself and this looks perfect! I’m going to order it right now!! Thanks for a great review!

  47. Krista says:

    I just bought a huge hunk of linen and this would be the perfect project. Thanks for the tips re: front and back centre seam – i agree this looks a bit awkward and would prefer to eliminate those seams. One thing I was looking for in your comments…does the fabric need to be cut on the bias for a nice drape and if so, are the requiremente enough to accomodate a bias cut? thanks!

  48. Julia in MI says:

    Thanks

    Thanks for the pattern review. I was looking to make some skirts for myself, and now I know I need to get this pattern.

  49. Karen H says:

    That is such a cute pattern!

  50. Shannon says:

    That skirt is so cute. Excellent fabric choices!

  51. CHARLIE says:

    super cute.

  52. Carrie P. says:

    What a cute way to use big print fabrics. Very spring like.

  53. Kerri says:

    Very well done! How do you take such great photos as you go? It is so helpful!

  54. nalani says:

    Thanks for the highly informative review. Appreciate your photos and your tips. Now, I’ll have to get the pattern because it is one simple and satisfying skirt pattern!

  55. rebe says:

    very cute!

  56. Caroline says:

    Beautiful spring skirt!

  57. Limor says:

    Great review. It’s always nice to have a detailed review before purchasing a pattern.

  58. Stacy says:

    That skirt is really cute! Thanks for the tip on the center front and back seams. I really do not like seams down the middle of my garments.

  59. Such a cute pattern and love the fabric!!

  60. Angela says:

    Great review! The skirt is adorable and I love the fabrics you chose!

  61. Bethany says:

    What a beautiful skirt! And a matching handbag? too fabulous! I love the cut of this skirt. I think I will add it to my “To Do” list.

  62. 2hippos says:

    That looks great. I’ve always been scared of patterns, but this one looks easy to follow.

  63. lynn whelan says:

    I love this review. I had always been one to start a project and not finish. Since I started sewing again, i have been taking on making small. simple items and actually finish. After reading this review, I think I am ready for my next challenge. A wearble item that I feel certain I would finish and wear!!!

    thank you
    lynn

  64. water works says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome walk through the pattern. Love the AM fabrics, too. I like the idea of the hip fit versus waist fit. I bet I can make it into a maternity skirt for the summer! I also hate to cut the pieces. It’s tedious, time consuming and way too exacting for me. I laughed at your squeal of joy.

  65. Jenna says:

    I love the shape but have a larger frame and prefer to have a flat waist panel and a zipper.

  66. Amy says:

    What an inspiration! Thanks so much for posting this. The finished skirt is gorgeous. If only I had today off….

  67. Pat says:

    Those prints are awesome!

  68. Nichole says:

    Thanks for the great review. Looks like a great pattern…I’ll have to pick it up for some summer skirts!

  69. Cheryl says:

    Very cute! Great choice of fabrics, and I love her Etsy shop!

  70. Kerneknop says:

    How goregous is it with matching skirt and purse. Love them both…

  71. Hazel says:

    Great review! This skirt pattern reminds me of one of my favorite skirts that I have always wished to duplicate and now I can!

  72. Renee says:

    Beautiful!!

  73. Stephanie says:

    That is a cute skirt! Thanks for the wonderful review.

  74. Claudia S. says:

    I love that skirt and the pattern seems pretty doable for a beginner´s seamstress, thanks for this wonderful review!!

  75. Joan says:

    LUV the skirt!!! LUV the purse too!!! Awesome fabric choices.

  76. Kriszta says:

    If you use this fabric, you can use any pattern, it will look stunning:-) Anyway I am not mad about the pattern itself.

  77. Liz says:

    cute cute! i’m always on the lookout for a good skirt pattern. wish i could afford the fabric too!

  78. Laura says:

    Does look like a cute skirt. I’d like to find a pattern that looks good on me. Maybe this would be a good one to try.

  79. Amanda says:

    That pattern just may get me back into skirts this spring! (maybe)

  80. Erin says:

    Thanks for the review. Normally I’d steer clear of a skirt with gathers and an elastic waist, but this skirt looks great! I think I need to make one or two of these!

  81. Tricia says:

    I love your purses! I actually think they show off the fabrics even better than the skirt.

  82. Lisa says:

    Love the Skirt and the purse great fabric choices…

  83. Anna says:

    Such a thorough review! Thank you!

  84. Katie says:

    Cute. I love the prints you used. And it’s quite stylish for an elastic waisted skirt.

  85. Jess says:

    I love the skirt too!

  86. Kris says:

    How pretty! I need to make one…or two.

  87. Mindy says:

    Adorable skirt and I love the matching purse. I wonder how if it would be flattering in a much larger size? Great fabric choices too.

  88. hayley says:

    I LOVE the look of this skirt! The reviews were helpful as well! I usually try to steer away from making clothes for myself because they tend to not work out, but I might have to try this one!

  89. Kara says:

    I’m with Kate in wondering if it could be modified for maternity…or is it possible to wear it under my belly? If anyone has any thoughts on this, I’d love to hear them.

  90. Caitlin says:

    That is so cute, and looks fairly simple to make!

  91. Michelle says:

    Really great review, thanks. Especially for the modification tips. I think a seam down the front would bug me a little…

  92. craftytammie says:

    Excellent review! The skirt is very cute, it looks like something I would live in all summer! Thanks!

  93. Brooke says:

    A very neat skirt – quite inspiring…

  94. Alex says:

    the shirt is SO cute!!! but i must say the review was even better! i’m new to Sew Mama Sew and also a beginner sewer therefore i’m always not sure if i can make certain things without runining my fabrics this review was very well written and answered all the questions I had about this pattern! Thank You So Much!!!!

  95. Leigh says:

    Super cute! I’ll have to try this one out!

  96. Beth says:

    Thanks for the detailed review. Maybe I need to make this skirt!

  97. Shawna says:

    Thanks for the great review! This looks like a fun and simple one to make:)

  98. Christine Bolin says:

    Cute skirt. And the fabric is outstanding.

  99. Libby says:

    Love the simplicity of the skirt with the unusual pairing of material.

  100. KZ says:

    really cute skirt

  101. Emily S says:

    What a great looking, simple skirt! And the matching handbag is awesome!

  102. Oh my goodness – What fabulous color choices

  103. Tabitha says:

    I’m excited to try the pattern. Thanks for all the tips!

  104. Robin says:

    Cute skirt!….cute purse!…..cute fabric!

  105. naomig says:

    That skirt is adorable, and actually I’ve got some fabric I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with… a skirt of that design is what I was kind of thinking. Hmmm…

  106. Michelle says:

    Wow, thanks for all the details in this review, how helpful! I love the style of this skirt and I’m looking forward to trying it!

  107. katie says:

    Darling skirt! and purse! and you! Thanks for a great review.

  108. Meg says:

    What a fabulously written, thorough review! Thank you!

  109. Barb says:

    Wow, that is a beautiful skirt. I’d love to make one myself!

  110. Lynnette says:

    This skirt would look great with a simple color combination and embroidery. Very cute. Thanks for the review.

  111. Jen V says:

    Thanks for the detailed review. It is s nice to know more about the pattern before purchasing it. Your skirt turned out just lovely!

  112. Shiela says:

    I need to buy this pattern!! Super cute skirt.

  113. LFinn says:

    I love the fabric selections–I keep wanting purchase some Anna Maria Horner fabric, and this skirt pattern has inspired me for how to use the fabric. Great skirt AND review! Thanks for sharing.

  114. Sara says:

    I have somehow never made skirt for myself. I may just have to try it. I love the fabric chooses, Jennifer and the matching handbag, of course! Thanks for the review!

  115. Jodieth says:

    This is a really cute skirt! I love the fabric and pattern. Thank you for all the information on it.

  116. MamaBee says:

    Ooh, thanks for the great skirt inspiration!

  117. Deb V says:

    What a cute skirt and purse. So spring like.

  118. Kendall says:

    This is a great review. Now I’m itching to make myself a skirt!

  119. Kate says:

    I’m wondering if I can further modify it to make it maternity friendly. This is such a simple, pulled together looking skirt for hot summer days!

  120. Barbara Sindlinger says:

    Your review was very helpful and detailed. thanks for taking the time to do this review.

  121. Robyn says:

    cute fabric choices… love it!

  122. Esther says:

    Thanks for the pattern review! The skirt looks great, and has inspired me to consider putting aside dresses to do some easy skirts for my next few projects!

  123. jessica m says:

    I’m curious as to why you couldn’t just turn the panels so the seams are on the sides instead of front and back? I love this skirt, and I like the idea of the solid colors with patterned trims.

  124. Corvus says:

    I have great fabric for a skirt like this- I brought it all the way home from Tanzania and have not been able to touch it since I got back to the US last August.

  125. Josiane says:

    Wow, that was a very thorough review! Lovely skirt, and the matching purses are cute too!

  126. Ellen says:

    Wow . . . I love that skirt! You picked great colors!

  127. Erin says:

    That does look like a really fun and easy skirt to make! Thanks for doing the pattern review. And the matching purse is a great idea. :)

  128. Lauranie says:

    Great skirt and love the pictures. I hate front seams also, let us know how the skirt without it comes out!

  129. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the review… I do wonder how it would fit on a “hippier” woman though. Would the gathers of the skirt just accentuate what I want to hide?

  130. Roseanne says:

    This seems like the skirt I’ve been searching for! I’m not looking forward to wearing shorts all summer, and this skirt looks like a great alternative!

  131. Heidi says:

    That skirt is wonderous! Very awesome!!
    Thanks for the review, I’m always less hesitant to buy a pattern if I read a review first. And this is a well trusted review!

  132. Sarah says:

    Lovely skirt, and the fabric is beautiful.

  133. Ellen Ban says:

    I’ve been eyeing this pattern for weeks….now I’ll have to try it. Thanks for thr review, the skirt is gorgeous in the Good Folks.

  134. Kris says:

    I was wanting to see a review on this pattern! The colors look great together!

  135. Monica Gee says:

    Such a cute skirt, I’ll definitely need to check it out. Thanks!

  136. Casey says:

    love the skirt!

  137. Marissa says:

    I love the fabric combination, its beautiful.

  138. Annette W says:

    You look adorable in the skirt…I wish I could carry a skirt that well!

  139. Christene says:

    What an adorable skirt – really makes me think spring!

  140. qsogirl says:

    I like your idea to eliminate the front seam. I hope that you’ll update us on how that works out!

  141. Holly says:

    Love how it turned out! Makes me want to try one when I get much better at sewing. :)

  142. jackie says:

    what a pretty skirt. i have been dying for some good folks fabric and now i know what to do with it! great review and great skirt!

  143. Becca B says:

    This pattern review makes me want to attempt wearing skirts again. I have no ankles and chubby knees, but maybe with a skirt this cute, no one will notice the legs. :)

  144. Lorene says:

    That is a great looking skirt! And a handsome bag to match. :-)

  145. Debbie KL says:

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been thinking of making a skirt for summer.

  146. Nichole says:

    mmmm… this looks like a fun skirt to have!

  147. Jamie H says:

    Lovely skirt! AND purse! The picture with your daughter walking is so cute!

  148. Jane says:

    It is very nice Lovely fabrics.

  149. This is such an awesome pattern review, I *almost* bought the pattern a few nights ago from the sewmamasew shop, but I kept thinking I wasn’t sure how flattering it would be plus difficulty level! Thanks so so much for providing such a detailed review, this is my next pattern to buy for sure!!!!

  150. adrienne says:

    Awesome review, Jennifer. I love, love your fabric choices. Perfect for the warm months. And the matching purse is fabulous! =]

  151. Missy says:

    Your review just about convinced me to make this…well written!

  152. monica says:

    great review, very helpful info, esp the gathering tute. appreciated, and now it seems i need to make one for myself!

  153. MaryAnn says:

    What a great spring & summer skirt!

  154. BethieB says:

    Okay, confession: I don’t buy or use patterns because I don’t sew clothes very often. They are just too far over my head. The few clothes I have made in the past, I made up my own pattern, and they turned out exactly the way I’d planned, but it was still a long process and gave me a headache. So before I even read this post I clicked on the link to the shop to see how much the pattern cost. When I saw it was $14, I was thinking, I don’t need it, I won’t be able to use it anyway and that’s half a tank of gas down the drain…lol.

    Then I read the review and looked closely at the pictures and I have to say, I think even I could make this pattern successfully! I love the wide waistband and the contrast at the bottom, just think of all the different fabrics you could use to make this to match shirts and shoes you already own. I am seriously considering buying the pattern thanks to this review.

    And PS – your pictures are really clear and neat. I especially like the one where the elastic is being inserted, that part of the process has confused me in the past and looking at your pic made it really make sense.

  155. MegVS says:

    Beautiful! Lovely choice of fabrics, and you look really adorable!

  156. Kristin says:

    I think it is a great skirt! A good alternative pattern for anyone intimidated by zippers. Despite being an elastic waist, it looks very tailored. Cute, cute fabric choices.

  157. britt says:

    not sure if I love the gathering for myself, but it looks absolutely fabulous jennifer!

  158. Valerie says:

    I love the fabric, so pretty.

  159. Lynn says:

    Very very cute! I have the main fabric too, so I think I need to make it! Looks very cute and very easy!

  160. Jennifer says:

    oooh, beautiful spring skirt!

  161. Kara says:

    Cute skirt – thanks for the pattern review. I love the fabric choices, and the matching purse of course!

  162. knitteresq says:

    Thanks for the review. The fabrics in your skirt look amazing together! And I love the matching purse.

  163. lesley says:

    gorgeous! i love the fresh fabric choices. i have yet to buy any good folks, but i’ve got my eye on several prints. this is making me want to buy them asap! thanks for the review, i may try this skirt :)

  164. jm says:

    Beautiful skirt!

  165. Shannon says:

    How pretty!!! I just got Favorite Thngs Cute Skirts in the mail and can’t wait to try it!!

  166. Debra says:

    I love the combination of fabrics and colors. The handbag is great too!

  167. Rachel says:

    Love this skirt! And the fabric choices!

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