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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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 ;)
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