The Runway Skirt

Oh, it was so warm when I took these photos!  As I’m sitting here in my frigid office looking at the even more frigid parking lot, I am, as is my habit in the wintertime, pining away for summer.

But back to the matter at hand!  I pre-tested the Runway Skirt for Audrey of Skirt Fixation and Savvy Patterns, and I am just now getting around to showing off my skirt!

Creative Counselor: Runway Skirt

The Runway Skirt is Audrey’s very first sewing pattern, and even in the pretesting phase, I was really impressed with how polished this pattern was.  I’ve tested a lot of patterns for a lot of different designers by now, and believe me, that isn’t always the case!

The Runway Skirt has a “business in the front, party in the back” vibe with its flouncy godets.  I opted to make the knee-length skirt since maxi skirts, while nice when I want something easy on a lazy summer day, aren’t typically my jam.

Creative Counselor: Runway SkirtMy skirt is a tad different than the final pattern.  Based on feedback, Audrey removed the two outside godets from the knee-length skirt, which I think makes the final skirt hang a lot better than mine does.

Even with the extra godets, the cut on this skirt is incredibly flattering.  I made zero fit modifications to this pattern, and I love how flattering it is through the hip and belly.  I made mine from a heavy black rayon ponte, so it’s really comfy in addition to being flattering!

Creative Counselor: Runway SkirtThe Runway Skirt really is a statement or dress-up piece for me.  As a result, I haven’t worn it very much since I made it.  Even though I love how it fits, a flouncy backed skirt isn’t usually what I reach for when I’m getting dressed for the office, and I don’t attend a lot of dress up events in my spare time.

BUT, with the holidays approaching, I thought I’d do my write up since this would make a perfect holiday skirt!  The godets in the back make this skirt particularly great for events.  Any drapey fabric would work back there and you don’t need very much.  So grab some pretty chiffon, or some fun sequins or lush velvet and go to town!

Creative Counselor: Runway SkirtPattern: Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns.

Price: $10.00.

Size: 8

Difficulty: Intermediate

Techniques Required: Working with knits, working with drapey/fiddly fabrics, installing an invisible zipper, installing a faced waistband.

Options/Features:

  • Multiple lengths
  • Back godets.

Supplies Needed:

  • Heavy knit main fabric
  • Lightweight woven contrast fabric with lots of drape
  • Invisible zipper
  • Hook and eye
  • Matching thread

Similar Patterns: This is one of the rare, unique indie patterns out there!  While there are a number of pencil skirt patterns on the market, the godets on the back of this pattern make it unique.  However, if you’re looking for a basic pencil skirt, you could check out the Selene Skirt by Colette Patterns, the Pleated Pencil Skirt by Delia Creates, and the Charlotte Skirt by By Hand London.  Each of those are woven pencils that have a zip closure, like the Runway Skirt.

Fabric: I used a heavy black rayon ponte from SR Harris.  The godets are rayon gauze from Stylish Fabrics.

Fit: Amazingly good!  This was the pretest version (and pretests are frequently a little rough).  Despite that, the fit was great from the beginning.

Modifications: None.

Pattern format: PDF. Considering the length of the skirt, the file was very manageable.

Pros:

  • Unique style that is different from most of what you’ll find on the indie market these days.  The market is so saturated with indie patterns anymore that a unique pattern is quite refreshing!
  • Great fit.  With the darts and back seaming, this skirt has a really flattering fit at the waist and hips.
  • Great way to use small amounts of a precious fabric.

Cons:

  • This is a pretty fancy skirt, which really does make it more of a special occasion make.  I don’t know that it’s really a “con” per say, but if you’re used to spending your time making garments for everyday wear, this one won’t get nearly as much wear as other patterns.

Overall Grade: B+.  Audrey did a great job with her very first pattern.  The fit is really nice and the style is unique.

 

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