Sewaholic Crescent Skirt in Cotton + Steel Rayon

The second Crescent Skirt, made in Cotton + Steel Rayon.
The second Crescent Skirt, made in Cotton + Steel Rayon.

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!

Pattern:

Sewaholic Patterns Crescent Skirt

Pattern Description:

“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.”

Pattern Sizing:

0 – 16. I made one version in a size 8 and one in a size 6.

Review

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 Crescent Skirt has a pieced waistband, which is an ideal place for top-stitching.
The Crescent Skirt has a pieced waistband, which is an ideal place for top-stitching.

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 rayon drapes much better than the twill!
The rayon drapes much better than the twill! And who doesn’t love a pocket?
Detail of the yoke and gathers...and this amazing rayon!
Detail of the yoke and gathers…and of course the swishy-soft rayon!

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!

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