We had a long weekend away booked at a local beach holiday park and the weather forecast was hot so I bought some very floaty lightweight rayon for a lightweight summer skirt that would protect my legs.
I made a straight size 4 and I would say the waist measurement comes up generous. I printed sizes 4 and 6 on the pattern layers just in case but the 4 fitted with room and sits about 2.5" above the start of my hip bones. It's an easy style to work out your size as the low waist is the only fitted area and it's easy to print of a few waistbands and make them up in scraps to test before you start cutting the good stuff! The fabric I chose is prone to creasing but it is such a cool breezy skirt to wear in some very hot weather for the UK so I can happily overlook that!
The construction, as with all Seamwork projects, is based on a quick result so I did depart from the instructions and used slightly different methods for the waistband and pockets based on personal preference and a neater finish but all the basics are in the original pattern. I especially liked the shaped waistband as it's such a comfortable fit on me an waist yoke is very forgiving and more flattering than a narrow, crosscut waistband. The patch pockets are a good size and I liked the placement. It also works really well as a simple short skirt, just omit the bottom section. I'd plan to lengthen the main piece by 2-3" so it's on the knee rather than above.
Because the fabric was so light weight I did do a few extra things to compensate:
- Used Perfect Fuse sheer fusible interfacing on the waist band and doubled it up to create more body but without being too heavy for the outer waistband.
- Used a heavier chambray fabric for the waistband facing.
- Added 1" sheer fusible interfacing on the back seams to just beyond the end of the zipper placement.
- Used a lightweight concealed zip- the zipper teeth are attached to a mesh fabric rather than twill tape, less weight and stress on lightweight fabric.
- Used ¼" twill tape at the top waistband seam (see the Soho skirt pattern for this technique).
- Interlined the pocket with Liberty lawn so they didn't distort with use.
Pattern: Seamwork Patsy