We wanted to showcase our gorgeous 2-sided wool/rayon blend, and decided The Sewing Workshop 8th Avenue Skirt would be the perfect vehicle. I was super excited about the fabric, so Bonnie made the skirt for me. Yessss!
Fitted, slightly flared, below-waist skirt has a narrow bias waistline binding, darts, a bias side panel with shaped hem and a left side seam zipper. View A is knee length. View B is above ankle.
US 6 to 22. We made it in size 20, which I thought (hoped) would be way too big because The Sewing Workshop patterns for the upper half of the body tend to be roomy. My hip measures 44”, most of which is tummy, and the size 20 (which calls for a 45 ½” hip measurement) was little snug. You may want to size up with this pattern.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the instructions were easy to follow. Bonnie decided to make the side hems from the “wrong,” or contrasting, side of the fabric, so she drafted her own pattern pieces for the side hems, which was the only confusing bit.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Linda Lee, the owner of The Sewing Workshop, is a stellar hemmer. This skirt has straight hems, mitered corners, and a curved hem. Linda includes detailed instructions for all of them – If you’ve never sewn a curved hem or an asymmetrical miter, this is a great pattern to start with!
Bonnie used our Reversible Jacquard in Black and Gray. The fabric is half wool, half rayon, and I pre-washed it in my machine on delicate, which worked just fine. From now on, I’ll be able to wash it the same way and save on dry-cleaning costs! Bonnie enjoyed sewing with the fabric. It pressed easily, and wasn’t slippery.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Bonnie only changed the side hems so they would contrast with the rest of the skirt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and Yes. I love the flowy-ness of the bias-cut panel. I want to make the shorter version for summer!
The Sewing Workshop patterns are all amazingly well-drafted, and this skirt is no exception. I love the design lines, and this skirt will look great in so many fabrics – rayons, I’m looking at you for summer!