Sewaholic Crescent Skirt in Cotton + Steel Rayon
The Sewaholic Crescent Skirt is one of the first Sewaholic patterns I made. I finished two skirts in two very different fabrics, made a few mistakes, and learned a few things along the way. But the overall verdict? Love!
“The Crescent Skirt is a gathered skirt with a fitted yoke. Your choice of a slightly gathered skirt, a fuller gathered skirt or a longer, knee-length skirt. Optional trim or contrast topstitching highlights the fitted waistband. A great addition to your wardrobe!
This skirt is designed with a pear-shaped figure in mind. The fitted yoke waistband highlights a narrow waistline, gathers at the hip create a flattering silhouette. Slash pockets are easy to sew, and anything you put in the pockets is disguised by the gathering. Sizing is proportioned for a pear-shaped figure: smaller waist, larger hips.”
0 – 16. I made one version in a size 8 and one in a size 6.
I first decided to make one in a Robert Kaufman Montauk Twill, to replace an old J. Crew skirt that finally wore out earlier this year. The fabric is soft, high-quality, and sturdy. It’s great for a skirt, but I have to admit it wasn’t the best choice for this pattern. I had a really hard time creating the gathers, because of the weight of the fabric, and I was afraid the lack of drape would create too much of a bell-shape effect. I ended up taking the side seams in quite a bit to tweak the fit and to make the skirt a little less tulip-y. Despite these issues, I like the finished result and wear it frequently!
The second version I made in an amazing Cotton + Steel rayon, and it was a breeze. Because the first version turned out a little bigger than I expected, I made a size 6 (although my measurements correspond more with a size 8) and it fit perfectly! The drapey fabric was a much better choice for this pattern and gathered nicely.
The instructions for the Crescent Skirt, as with all Sewaholic Patterns I’ve used, are clear and easy to follow. The zipper intimidated me a bit, but their method makes for a clean finish all the way around and doesn’t require any hand stitching. I loved the flattering fit of this skirt, with the yoke and the drape around the hips. Add the top-stitching detail and it’ll look extra professional!