Crafty Bloggers' Club - Cynthia's A Line Skirt in Viscose Linen

Posted by Kim Burley Jones
on September 07, 2021

This weeks Crafty Bloggers' Club post is from Cynthia.  You can find more of her makes on Instagram @cynthiakrafts

The "All The Cute Skirts" pattern is great for beginners and especially good if you can’t decide what style of skirt you want to make - or if you just fancy changing your style. I always like to have choices and have an opportunity to try different styles to see how well they suit my body shape.

All the Cute Skirts dressmaking pattern

I had already made the pleated and gathered skirts, so when I was invited to make the A Line skirt for this blog, I thought I would give it a try. I didn't have an A Line skirt in my wardrobe at the time, so this would be an opportunity to see how well this style would work for my body.

All the Cute Skirts dressmaking pattern

I was between sizes for this pattern and decided to go the the next size down because I find with MHW patterns the sizing is quite generous. I didn’t need to make any fitting adjustments and was happy with the final fit. I used the recommended 3.5 stitch length in the pattern for top stitching and it did give a very nice finish to the waistline and the hem.

All the Cute Skirts dressmaking pattern

The instructions of he MHW patterns are always well written and I would definitely say the instructions and the method to insert the zip were very clear and easy to follow.

All the Cute Skirts Dresmaking Pattern


I took up sewing because I love pockets, so this A line skirt had to have pockets. I chose to create slash pockets rather than patch pockets as they are quite discreet but they are still a great size to put bits in it.

All the Cute Skirts dressmaking pattern

I chose to use a medium weight viscose linen fabric. I liked it as it was not as stiff as some linens can be so it gave the skirt a nice drape. This fabric would be a good choice for a beginner as it sews well without shifting. It did fray a bit - as woven fabrics do - so I finished the edges using my overlocker. (this is the view of the inside - showing off my overlocking!)  

All the Cute Skirts dressmaking pattern

I like the finished skirt, but having used a plain fabric I feel perhaps it needs a bit of detail adding to it. I would recommend that you consider this when choosing a fabric for your A line skirt.  I chose this particular fabric because the colour goes well with some of the blouses and tops in my wardrobe.

Some other fabrics that would work really well in this pattern would be denims corduroy and twill - and if you fancied using a patterned fabric, a cotton canvas would work really well too!

To add some details I’ve considered the button option - but to be honest I am not quite convinced that this would create the look I am after. I am considering taking some hand embroidery lessons to create a design to give the skirt a bit of a unique character - so watch this space ;)

All the Cute Skirts dressmaking pattern


Happy Sewing!

Cynthia

Xx

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