New Look Maudella 6186 - the packet describes it as a straight skirt, which I disagree with - it has small gathers in front and back and is a bit flared.
Reason for pattern choice
This is from my stash of beloved New Look Maudella patterns and I chose it because of the classic shape and the yoke and button detail.
The fabric came from Fabworks Millshop last year (still available here - see above. Amused to see the design is described as having 'vaguely Aztec vibes.' They are indeed vague Aztec vibes, unless we know for sure that the Aztecs loved Discos and graffiti). It's a chambray, but when it arrived I was unhappy with how rough it felt and it's a bit see through too. I was disappointed and put it to the side, thinking I might pass it on at a fabric swap. In the end, I decided to try matching it with the pattern, figuring that if it was awful it wasn't too much of a loss - the opposite of those projects where you are too scared to cut into the fabric because it's too precious. I used the wrong side as the right side, as the pattern was more subdued that way.
Pattern alterations or any design changes
I added side seam pockets - of course. I thought I might have taken the length up but decided to leave it below the knee. I normally prefer skirts just above the knee as I prefer this length on me since I pretty much always wear flat shoes. However I think the style works well at this length and I liked how it looked in any case.
How was it to sew?
Pretty easy, adding snaps was easier than making buttonholes (or would have been if I hadn't messed it up).
I'd definitely sew it again, I like the shape a lot.
Would you recommend it to others?
Of course, if you can get a copy! It's a pretty classic shape
Pattern - £2 probably
Fabric - £12
Press studs - £12 (Roughly, since I needed to buy an extra packet!)
Total: £26 - the cost of press studs really pushed up the total cost
This was one of those pleasantly surprising projects, where expectations are low and so a good result feels even better. The skirt will be good for summer but also wearable for spring and autumn with tights. I'm glad I used the wrong side of the fabric as the lighter design adds a bit of interest but isn't too full on, so it still easily be paired with patterned tops.