This skirt is actually the first item of clothing I have sewn for myself (and worn in public). I must have been outwardly nervous about wearing it, because yesterday we walked into the school and a teacher said, “I love your skirt!” My 3 year old said, “Mama, see, I told you it was beautiful!” Now I just need to learn how to pose…
- 1 Master Skirt Pattern, 17 skirt variations
- Sizes 0-20
- The first 1/3 of the book teaches technique: how to orient & cut out a pattern, get the right fit, skirt making basics, and finishing techniques
- The last 2/3 of the book teaches how to make variations of the basic A-line skirt–adding pockets, pleats, belt loops, patchwork, ruffles, etc.
- $26.95 list price, selling on Amazon today for $19.05
Space for Notes: Most of the sections include a space for you to take notes–what worked, what didn’t, any variations you made, space to doodle, etc. I hate when my notes get lost–this solves that problem. My notes for this skirt would be: work on putting in an invisible zipper.
Audience: The book seems geared towards the beginning garment sewer; I think more experienced garment sewers would also be inspired to try something new, whether it is edgestitching instead of topstitching, making a skirt with contrast pleats, lining a skirt instead of just making a facing, etc.
Sizing: My hips and waist measurements dictated that I should make two different sizes. I went with the bigger one. I should have gone with the smaller one. This is why you make a muslin, right?
I Wish The Book Included: I realize that often things like this are left out by the publisher due to space issues, but I wish the book had included a section on fabric choice. For example, how would using cotton, voile, denim, velveteen, rayon, knit, etc. change the shape, drape, and construction methods for a basic skirt.
Just Like Sewing With My Mom: This is a compliment–the book teaches many of the same techniques that my mom taught me a few years ago, but that I couldn’t *quite* remember. It is nice to have the book to refer back to; it is written in a very approachable style.
Available on Amazon: The Essential A-line: Make 17 Flirty Skirts from 1 Basic Pattern