January and February are the two months devoted to our beloved #smyly2018. This is a challenge hosted by me, Hattie and Lisa (you can read all about it here). One of the tasks was to sew something that makes us feel beautiful! I thought hard about what to make and I ended up making the Sew Over It Erin skirt.
I am a huge lover of skirts, whether they are mini or maxi, flared or fitted! In my everyday life you’ll usually see me in a skirt or a dress and these are the types of clothes I enjoy making! So this was an easy choice for me. I decided to also make a top and create an whole outfit! My choice was the Paola top by Named Patterns, made in a jersey from Girl Charlee.
This pattern is part of Lisa Comfort’s e-book, called My Capsule Wardrobe:City Break. The Erin skirt has 2 versions, a mini skirt and a midi skirt. It is tight fitted and meant to sit right on your natural waist. This skirt has been on my to-make list since last year and I really wanted to make it! I won’t lie, I was a little bit intimidating by the buttons, as you have to be really precise to prevent your skirt from looking wonky. I went for the midi length version, which is a little more formal!
For this skirt I used a faux suede fabric in purple color. I have used it in the past for a shift dress, if you remember and I had some left! This fabric, as unusual as it looks, has absolutely no give at all! So it’s not ideal for a fitted skirt. If you eat too much or sit down for a while it starts getting uncomfortable! Oh, and it sticks to tights, which bothers me A LOT! Other than that, it was easy to work with!
The Sew Over It Erin Skirt is actually an easy make. I whipped it up in an evening (I had it cut out months ago, though). It has big pockets, darts in the back and closes in the front with buttons. You’ll have to be a bit comfortable in making buttonholes, so keep that in mind. The midi version has 8 buttons. There is also some top-stitching, but nothing difficult!
As I said above, this skirt is meant to be fitted. It sits right in your natural waist (not higher, as it states in the instructions) and hugs the body. I went for my usual size 10 and didn’t make any alterations, although now that I’ve worn it a few times, I think I’ll have to take it in a bit at the hips. The most important think is the fabric, in my opinion. In the book it says you don’t have to pick a fabric with stretch, but I disagree. Having a little bit of stretch will make the skirt ideal for everyday wear and certainly more comfortable!
I really like the Sew Over It Erin skirt and already bought fabric to make 2 more. To be completely honest, I already cut them out, haha! This time though, I got a stretch gabardine and I’m curious to see how they’ll end up! I certainly recommend this pattern to adventurous beginners! Other that the buttonholes, it’s a pretty straightforward project!
I hope you like my skirt as my #smyly2018 entry. You can see it on me and hear my sewing story in my video here.