I was in desperate need of a really casual skirt so I had a look through my pattern stash and found the New Look 6030 pattern which fitted the bill perfectly. I ordered some denim on eBay but had half a metre of some leftover denim in my fabric stash so attempted to make a toile of view D of this skirt (without the tie belt or pockets as there wasn’t enough fabric for all of the pieces).
I’m have a 29″ waist and 35″ hips so going by the pattern sizing on the envelope I should have cut a 14/16 at the waist grading to a 10 at the hip but I cut a straight size 10 as from measuring the pattern pieces there seemed to be a lot of ease at the waist. After basting the front and back pieces together and trying it on for fit the skirt was huge! So I took in 1.5″ at each side seam and it fitted a lot better. Hurrah! Until I got to the the part where the yoke was to be added and then I realised I had made a mistake. Silly me measured the front and back pattern pieces instead of the yoke ones (which sit on the waist) and also hadn’t added the yoke before I tried on the basted together skirt pieces. So what I thought was the waist of my skirt wasn’t. Argh.
I continued anyway as I thought it would be good to complete this as a practice for my next version with my new fabric when it arrives. I really like the pattern and it was easy and fairly quick to make and perfect for what I need in my wardrobe. I also I think it will look even better with the pockets and waist tie belt.
So what about the sizing? Well it fits, just. The finished waist is 28″ so is a little tight. I could wear it but I think it would get uncomfortable after a short while!
Luckily my denim arrived really quickly so I could get going with skirt no.2 and this time I sewed a straight size 12. It came up a little big again so I took in the back seam by about 1.5″. I added the pockets and made the tie belt which I really like and also did some extra topstitching around the yoke/skirt seams to hold the seam allowances down. All in all I really like this, it is just what I was looking for. Next time though i’ll sew a size 10 which should be the perfect fit.
I wore this skirt while out with the Mr on Saturday and it was SO comfortable! I think I can wear this in so many combinations with different tops and shoes that this will get a lot of wear I’m sure. If I make another it will probably be in a different coloured denim, maybe black or a patterned denim, because I do like the versatility of a denim skirt, everyone needs one!
So here’s the finished pic of my new skirt…