Monday, January 04, 2010
Cindy from Sew Blessed Designs has created this wonderful skort pattern for girls, and I was honored to be one of the pattern testers. Let me tell you, I really like this pattern! It's oh-so-practical for little girls who aren't always modest, but yet it's adorable and classic in style as well.
The options to create varied styles with this pattern are many: full elastic waistband or flat front waistband with elastic only in the back, pleated or gathered skirt, shorts or no shorts underneath, and any combination of design elements.
The directions are well-written, and the illustrations are well-drawn and very helpful. The line drawings remind me of some of the heirloom sewing patterns that I've used in the past. I found that the pattern runs true to size according to my daughter's measurements. As a personal preference, I did lengthen the skirt by 2 inches. The only change that I made to the pattern was to add interfacing to the waistband.
The skirt can be made with assorted fabrics for totally different looks. I chose to use a solid pink twill from my stash so that Emily could wear the skort with her Pink Stuff tops that I made a few months ago. However, I can't wait to make up the pattern again in a cotton print. Oh, and just think how this would look in denim with contrast topstitching.... So many possibilities!
Cindy's pattern can be found at her Etsy shop or at Farmhouse Fabrics. I'm not getting commission or anything for writing this, I just love the pattern that much. :)
Okay, pictures of Emily wearing the skort-- Cloudy skies, chilling temperatures, and a cold little girl do not make for good pictures, but here you go.