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Flowers and pleats and pockets…oh my! My latest project contains so many of my favorite things. If only I could squeeze in some polka dots…hahaha! It has been ages since I’ve made a skirt- my first instinct is almost always to make a dress. So, when the lovely folks over at Sinclair Patterns offered to send me a pattern for review, I jumped at the opportunity to fill the skirt-shaped void in my closet.
The pattern I selected is the Grace Box Pleated Skirt. This pattern is a great, classic style that was easy to sew up, and best of all – it has pockets!! I’m sure I’ve gushed about my love of pockets before, but seriously, I love a skirt with pockets. The Grace pattern has two hemlines from which to choose – knee-length or high-low. I went for the knee-length skirt, as I am not a huge fan of high-low hemlines.
For the fabric, I used a floral stretch cotton/cotton blend that I picked up at Lincraft. I checked their website, and I no longer see this fabric. However, any medium-weight cotton would work great for this skirt. When I purchased this fabric, I actually had a pleated skirt in mind. Something about the bright colors and large-scale flowers just screamed skirt to me. I also wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a dress in this print. That might have been too much of a bright print even for me. I do love it as a skirt, though. And the weight of this fabric holds the structure and the pleats very nicely.
The Grace pattern comes in a wide range of sizes, 0-22, and three height options – petite, regular and tall. I must say that it is one of the nicest PDF patterns I’ve ever used. I printed mine in black and white, but the PDF has blue lines to help you cut and tile the pattern. It also highlights your selected size in a thicker red outline, which makes for easy cutting or tracing. There are also a lot of indicators to make sure you are tiling the pages together in the correct order and lining them up properly.
When it comes to the instructions, I think this is where the pattern really shines. The PDF walks you through every step of making this skirt, from fitting tips and fabric suggestions, to how to tile the pattern pages together and prep your fabric. For the actual construction, there are color photos for each step. The pattern even includes a handy dandy pleat template to help make sure all the pleats are the same size.
The Grace pattern would be perfect for a beginning sewer. It takes you through the entire process in much more detail than most patterns I’ve seen. I think a more advanced sewer could quickly skim through many of these details. Either way, it goes together quickly. I sewed mine up in just a few hours.
I only made a couple alterations/design changes to my skirt. The first was the waistband. When I cut my waistband, it ended up being slightly smaller than the top of my skirt. To fix this, I redrafted the waistband adding the extra length. I also finished my waistband a bit differently than the pattern instructs. The pattern instructs you to serge the long edge of the waistband facing, and this will remain exposed when stitched down on the inside of the skirt. I personally like to have all my raw waistband edges tucked away, so I folded under the raw edge of the waistband facing before stitching it down. The hem was my other change. The pattern recommends a two-inch hem, but I used a one-inch hem. I wanted just a little more length (I made the regular height pattern).
I really enjoyed making this pattern, and I think I’ll get a lot of mileage out of this skirt. Not only is the style quite versatile, but I can see this floral print working for both cooler and warmer weather.
If you would like to make your own version of the Grace Box Pleated Skirt, Sinclair Patterns is offering my readers $3 off the cost of the pattern, now through Tuesday, February 6, 2017! Woohoo!!
Just enter the code SSGRACE at checkout.
I hope you enjoy making your Grace skirt as much as I did!
Until next time,