Pattern Test: Haute Skinny Skirt
I got to test a pattern! And I loved the experience! I plan to make another to get the skirt just right.
The pattern is called the Haute Skinny Skirt and was created by Christina Albeck of Wardrobe by Me. This makes a skin tight pencil skirt. The thing I love about it is the panels..they are really flattering. Some of the skirts made by the other pattern testers are amazing. Go look at them. Really. I got so many ideas after seeing what they created with the same pattern.
The skirt has an invisible zipper in the back with a hook and eye at the top. The pattern calls for woven with stretch and I’m telling you, make sure you get good stretch in your fabric. It makes a huge difference in the fit and comfort of the skirt! It is meant to hug your figure and needs that stretch to be comfortable while still maintaining that sleek sophisticated look. So please, do yourself a favor and get enough stretch in your fabric!
My apologies for the inside pictures. Mr. Jiggs didn’t get home until night and we didn’t have enough light to get good outside pictures. Then he got artistic and said he thought the stair rails added interest and outside pictures distracted from the skirt…I’m just grateful he took pictures for me. But you get my heavy shadows, gray walls, stair rails, and gray siding in the pictures. *sigh*
The gray and green/teal skirt was my first go at the pattern and didn’t have enough stretch. It was really tight. I made the slit in the side a little shorter to match my personal preference.
This second skirt was made out of some sort of knit my MIL gave me. I have no idea what it is, but it didn’t like to be ironed so it’s probably polyester. It was thick. The two colors are just wrong and right sides of the same textile. I left out the zipper and just pull it on carefully (so I don’t break any seams). If it gets stretched out I can cut down the back panel and put the invisible zipper in. Again, I made the slit shorter so I show less leg.
The skirt comes together really quickly. However, Christina does not write the pattern for beginners and does not really explain how to sew in the pattern. If you are new to sewing it may take you a while to figure out how to do what the pattern says. She does include some helpful illustrations, but her instructions assume you are familiar with the techniques she is talking about. Experienced seamstresses should have no problem whipping this up in an afternoon. Or even a nap time if you’re good and can make quick decisions. (Not me! Fabric choices are always so hard for me! And confession…it was only my second time putting in an invisible zipper…but I got it in pretty smoothly despite my inexperience)
All opinions are my own even though I did get a different pattern in return for testing this pattern. Can’t wait to try that one too!