Recently I have been trying my hand at some indie patterns, some that you can download for free and others that I have purchased.
It is amazing what people have been able to create and share, and inspiring that so many fellow sewers have been able to turn their talents and hobbies into a business.
Well, a while back I came across a post by the lovely Amy from Sews N Bows. She was posting about an indie pattern designer she had found and was reviewing one of their patterns. It was a gorgeous and unusual pencil skirt pattern that she had adapted slightly and shortened to make it perfect for summer wear. Check out her post HERE.
The creator of this wonderful pattern is Parnuuna from Be My Goth. You really should check out her website and her shop. As well as some amazing patterns you can purchase, she also has some that you can download for free and a range of tutorials. What more could you want!?!
Amy introduced the two of us through our blogs and we got chatting. It wasn’t long before I went ahead and purchased the Lucinda Skirt pattern.
What is great about this particular pattern is that, although Parnnuna’s style is very alternative, hence the title of her blog, which isn’t my particular style, there are so many opportunities and ways to adapt this particular pattern to make it your own. Simply through a change of fabric this skirt quickly goes from alternative to vintage – almost pin-up I would say!
Using this pattern introduced me to the use of piping. I had dabbled with it before but this was the first time when I made it from scratch myself , and now I am addicted to the stuff. And it is so easy to do, I will get a tutorial together soon
There are two key features to this skirt. The first is the corset-style waist band. It is made up of several pieces and can be pieced together either using piping or without. The piping helps to emphasise the effect of the paneling.
The second feature this the adorable pleated pockets. Again I think the use of piping really adds to the cuteness of these pockets. The skirt works equally well both with and without the pockets, They are completely optional.
I chose to make my version in a grey suiting material with contrasting coral pink piping. Rather than line the skirt I used bias tape to seal the seams on the inside of the skirt and it looks really nifty (I forgot to take a photo, sorry)
I think that the Lucinda skirt made in a suiting material makes it perfect for work, don’t you think?!
It is important to remember when using this pattern that seam allowances are not included. I may have forgotten this the first time I made it, I think I was too excited and rushed into it without paying full attention, Naughty me! This was completely my fault, it clearly states in the very detailed and easy to follow instructions, that seam allowance needs to be included, and each pattern piece tells you how much you should add.
The only thing I would say about this pattern is that I did have to cut out the largest size available. Now I know I am not exactly stick thin, and I am in the process of trying to drop some weight, but a pattern that is so perfect for curvy ladies would certainly be well received in some larger sizes – you know curvy lady sizes!
Having said this, I have been experimenting with drafting some of my own patterns and attempting to grade them to different sizes and I know this can be very difficult. I only suggest this idea because when selling patterns, the more people that have the option of purchasing it the better!
So in conclusion I really do love this pattern. It is versatile, adaptable and is drafted perfectly with the pieces fitting together very smoothly.
I have already made a second version of this skirt which I will share with you soon. It is such a versatile pattern that I know I am going to get a LOT of use out of. I might even try a version without the pockets. I am also wondering if it would be possible to adapt it to make a dress by adding a floaty bodice section. I am getting ahead of myself now!
I would love to hear if you have tried this pattern!
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NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post, I simply wanted to let you know about an amazing sewing pattern that I found.