I recently got an email from the lovely Liesl of Oliver + S, asking if I would like to try out some patterns from her new women’s line– and of course I jumped at the chance! I have always admired her patterns for kids and couldn’t wait to see what she had come up with for the grown ups. I chose the Everyday Skirt right away, an easy-to-sew skirt with front pockets, smooth side panels, flat front waistband and an elastic back to eliminate zippers and buttons. These are digital, PDF patterns- not my favorite format, I prefer printed patterns in all of their pretty packaging 🙂 But these were totally painless, and I was able to get them printed and put together quickly.This skirt is soooo easy to make, but I love the results- a little more detailed than just a simple gathered skirt. The smooth side panels eliminate any extra bulk at the hips, and you can adjust the elastic at the back at the very end to make sure the fit is exactly right.
I chose a size small based on my lower waist measurement, where this skirt is designed to rest. However, at the end I decided to make it sit at my natural waist, so I would size down to an x-small on the next one.
I was able to sew the entire skirt in one evening- practically unheard of for me, I am not a fast sewist! 😉 These patterns are geared towards beginners, and the instructions are very clear with great diagrams for visual learners like me.
Details….I love the pockets- the top is sewn into the waist band so they don’t flop around and get bunched up in there.The fabric is from the Robert Kaufman Chambray Union line, currently sold out most places but available here. I made the pocket lining in a light blue shot cotton because I didn’t have enough of the main fabric, and because I like how it looks…I was able to (barely) squeak by with less than a yard of fabric for this skirt, because it is 57″ wide. This little t-shirt I am wearing is a cropped Briar that I made a while back.