My first sew from my #2018makenine is the Erin Skirt from Sew Over It. I have had this cut out and sat on my shelves since November so I guess this was the best place to start on my list. It’s my third make from the Sew Over It – My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break eBook. I’ve previously made the Molly top and Alex shirt which I have worn many times.
The fabric: I bought this beautiful soft denim from my local fabric shop – Sew Me Me in Ashby de la Zouch. It sat on my shelf in my stash and when I got it down, the sun had bleached the edge!!! Lesson learnt not to leave my fabric stash in direct sunlight so it’s now packed away into bags (No more longing stares at my stash anymore).
The pattern: I’ve made many Sew Over It patterns and I use the size 10 pattern but with a 1cm seam allowance instead of the given 1.5cm allowance. As always the instructions were easy to follow and the photos were clear. Helpful tips are added which help with any fitting issues and fabric weight. I didn’t need to adjust the darts as suggested. The instructions also tell you when to finish the seams and I used my overlocker for the finish.
The Sew Up: The sew up went well up until it came to the buttonholes which are my nemesis, more about that in a minute. The pockets go in the same way as the Bettine from Tilly and the Buttons and they are deep too (always an important feature, pockets that you can use). The top stitching on the pockets, waistband and button stand gives the skirt a professional look. I only added interfacing to the waistband and not the button stand. Back to the buttons…….My machine has a 4 step buttonhole function but I can’t seem to get a clean look to them. I also struggle to get the correct size. I added 6 buttons to the front, 1 more than the suggestions from the pattern as I wanted them to be a little closer. But after I had created the button holes I realised I only had 5 matching buttons in the correct size!! So I have replaced the top button with a different style with the plan to buy 6 matching buttons. After trying it on, I might leave it and don’t mind the mismatched feature!
The finished skirt: When trying on the skirt during the sew I was a little nervous about the final fit. The waistband fits directly on the waist, which is a look I like. But with the fabric having no stretch I was worried it will feel too tight. No need to worry it fits perfectly on my waist. The length too is a length I’m happy with and I feel that I will happily wear it without tights in the summer. The pockets stick out a little but I don’t think it’s noticeable to others.
Overall I’m very pleased with the Erin Skirt and I’m looking forward to the summer months as last year I was missing a casual denim skirt in my wardrobe.