I really like wearing skirts at this time of year. You can look a little bit dressed up and still keep warm at the same time. Makes a great change to wearing the same old jeans during the winter!
This gorgeous wool I chose to use for my next Sewalicious make is so lovely and thick, it's also super soft on the reverse and there's no way I'm going to get cold in this on a chilly winters day! The base colour is actually a really dark navy and it's got this bright orange plaid pattern all over it which really stands out against the navy background.
I decided to make the Ivy Skirt pattern by Sew Over It with this wool as I liked that it was a pencil skirt but one that didn't look to 'officey' in my eyes. It's fitted through the waist and hips but has a wrap front and an invisible zip closure at the back. There isn't a true waistband either and the skirt pieces are finished with a simple facing at the waist, making for a very sleek look. I could see me wearing this on a few occasions out in the evening with friends and wanted to try out a style that was a bit different from my usual. There's also options for a shorter or longer length skirt - I opted for the shorter style.
I graded the pattern from a 10 at the waist to an 8 at the hips because this fabric is quite thick, I thought it might add some bulk round the waist and I didn't want it to be too tight if I was wearing tights, a vest and a jumper all tucked in! Other than this I didn't make any alterations to the pattern.
I washed the fabric on a 30 degree, low spin wash and it came out pretty much looking exactly as it did when it went in which was brilliant! It's excellent quality and the reverse side of this fabric is so fleecey soft.
I spent quite a while pattern matching the simple plaid so all the horizontal lines matched which wasn't too difficult to do – I just made sure all the uppermost side seam notches matched up with a horizontal stripe. This fabric sewed beautifully, it was really stable to work with and I had no problems with it using a 100 size standard needle and some good quality thread.
The pattern came together really nicely too and it's a really good straightforward skirt pattern to try that's a little bit different from the standard.
I love the wrap front as it makes it very comfortable to walk in, it also means it doesn't get caught up if I'm wearing it with tights. Additionally, I like that it doesn't have a waistband, I find it a bit more comfortable this way. I'd recommend getting the length right before you cut your fabric though as it will affect the little triangle gap that's meant to be at the bottom front of the wrap part. You don't see the gap with the short version but you're meant to with the longer version. So if you think you might need to shorten or lengthen the pattern I would draw some lines in below the hip across the width of the pattern and use this as a guide to take out or add in any length.
Overall I'm really happy with this skirt, the fabric works perfectly for a warm winter make and this fabric would also look wonderful in a poncho or jacket. I love wearing this with my bright orange jumper but it would equally look nice with a navy or even a white top.
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