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The Honeydew Skirt by Seamster Patterns
The Honeydew Skirt by Seamster Patterns

I have finally found a use for this fabric!  This was what I thought I could use for the Snowball, but the pattern repeat was just too big.  I had just about 2m, but in two separate pieces!  The fabric was not symmetrical down the centre, so to get anything that lined up I had to move the fold so that 30cm was a single layer.  This meant lining patterns and finding suitable patterns was a bit tricky.

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Thank goodness this skirt pattern doesn’t have big pieces to lay on the fabric.  I sort of decided not to line up the pattern properly, I couldn’t have, even if I’d tried, so I tried to make the best of it by picking areas to stand out.

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The fabric is a printed cotton canvas that has a pretty good drape, no stiffness and hangs rather well.  I decided as it was to be a quick make to overlock as much of the skirt as I could.  I also kept the same size and waistband options as the test pattern Daughter No1 made for herself.  As she had a problem with the length, I figured that Daughter No2’s shape and the insertion of a zip in the side would keep the skirt sitting higher and therefore make it shorter.  Actually, it’s quite interesting to see the difference in where the waistband sits on this skirt compared to Daughter No1’s make.

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Funnily enough, it doesn’t seem to be that much shorter – but it is a length Daughter No2 is perfectly happy to wear.  She likes swirling in it too!  The zip in the left side seam meant I sacrificed a pocket.  One will do though, it’s one better than none!  I can see this skirt being worn loads, both as a properly casual weekend item, and to school with a neat jackets & heels.

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This is my second entry for Sewing Indie Month, this time an entry for the Everyday Casual category.  Thank you so much to everyone who commented on the Snowball dress, I’ve been pretty blown away by the love for that dress – and the fabric! 🙂  There have been quite a few HBL Anna dresses submitted in the Dress to the Nines category, so I hope my Summer Snowball doesn’t get lost in the crowd!  I’ve enjoyed browsing all the entries for the overall contest, so many new blogs to read!

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Pattern Testing – The Honeydew Skirt

Honeydew Skirt from Seamster Patterns
Honeydew Skirt from Seamster Patterns

About a month ago, Mari from Seamster Patterns was looking for beginner sewists in small sizes to test her new skirt pattern.  I immediately offered up Daughters 1 & 2 for the job.  The size Mari needed to be tested was perfect for Daughter No1, so she got the job over the Easter holidays.  We rumaged through the stash and found a piece I’d bought about 3 years or so ago – perfect.

DSC07987-1The skirt has an A-Line shape, consisting of a single front panel cut on the fold & 3 panels in the back, fuller and longer than the front.  It also has in-seam pockets.  I love fullness in the back of a skirt, it’s really feminine.  There are a choice of 3 waistbands, and the skirt can be worn on the hip or the natural waist, depending on which waistband you choose.  Daughter No1 likes to wear things low, so she chose option C with the overlapping font waistband.

DSC07986-1The pattern was easy to trace out, and the instructions great for a beginner to follow.  I hovered over her shoulder to help out where needed, but Daughter No1 did ok. We made no changes to the patern, apart from the hem.  With this crisp fabric and the width of the hem, it was not going to be a neat finish, so I suggested cutting off all but 1cm and attaching a wide bias binding.  We turned the binding to the inside and I hemmed it with herringbone stitch.  This means that with the slight drop at the back that you get a glimpse now and then of the dark blue bias, which we rather like.

I like the finished skirt, it looks fantastic & I also like seeing her in a slightly longer skirt than she normally wears!  However, she would have prefered it to have been about 15 to 20cm shorter.  Not that she won’t ever wear it like this, it just makes her feel “too mature”.  I think that means – old.  Ha!  She’s in her 20s now, she’d better get used to that feeling!  🙂

I love the fullness in the back panels.
I love the fullness in the back panels.

She has said it would be perfect for going out with Boyfriend & his family, or for a summer barbeque where most of the attendees would be older than her.  Daughter No2 of course, loves it and would happily have grabbed it for herself – but it doesn’t fit!  Now one thing about fabric choice with this skirt.  You must choose something with stretch.  This stretch cotton was fine, but for Daughter No2 to steal it we’d have had to put a zip in the side seam, it just will not go over her hips.  Another factor to consider is the drape of the fabric.  The cotton we dug out of the stash was rather crisp and didn’t drape as well as it could have in the back.

DSC07995-1So would I recommend this pattern?  YES!  It is called the Honeydew Skirt & is available as a PDF in a large scale format so you don’t need to paste together all those pesky A4s, or, if you’re a sucker for punishment, that option is still available.  There is also a paper pattern in the works, see Seamster Pattern‘s website for more details.  Thanks Mari, for letting us test another of your patterns,

I’d like to make this pattern myself, one for Daughter No2 and another for Daughter No1, but shorter, and see if she’s happier with it.  Now, I wonder if I can claim this as an entry for #SewingIndieMonth??