This skirt! It's so cool. Here's the description of the pattern from her site:
the alder is a retro inspired a-line skirt with generous pockets and an easy-going style. the pleated front and back darts make for a flattering silhouette, while the elastic back means no finicky closures and a comfortable fit. for a less pronounced a-line shape, flat front and pocket options are also included. the alder skirt is perfect for everyday wear, and includes options that are simple enough for a beginner sewist.
I chose to sew up version A with the bowed-out pockets and front pleat.
The skirt is designed to sit pretty low, which is clear from looking at the tester photos. I tried to wear mine on my natural waist -- that's why the elastic looks especially bunched up below. If I wear it lower the elastic stretches out enough to see the two back darts. If I drop it, it also hits closer to my knees.
The side seams wrap around the back a little, which allows for the bowed-out pockets. Pockets = Awesome.
I added piping to the top pocket seam and to the front seams. If I'd had enough, I considered adding it to the bottom of the waistband seam.
Pattern: Alder Skirt (for women) from Imagine Gnats
Fabric: Cotton twill bought at Textile Fabrics in Nashville during our Girls' Day Out. I bought this fabric to make the Jedediah Shorts for Ryan, but. Well.
Modifications: Added piping.
- I like the pockets and unique design.
- It's the perfect length for my preferences.
- The medium weight twill I used was the heaviest fabric I'd recommend for this project. I'd like to use a very lightweight denim or quilting cotton for my next version.
- There are lots of opportunities for variation: cutting different fabrics for the pockets and lining, cutting side panels on the bias, adding piping or other seam embellishments, eliminating pleat and elastic back, making pockets flat, etc.
- Next time I'd like to eliminate the elastic altogether and add a side zipper instead. Rachael is planning a tutorial for that variation.
- Next time I'll also sew a size smaller and fit it to my natural waist. Because I want it to ride on my natural waist, I'll eliminate the pleat and perhaps make the pockets flat (variation B).
I was grateful for the opportunity to test this skirt. (I may have stalked her IG account a *tiny* bit and JUMPED when she recruited size 4s.) Rachael's enthusiasm and kindness made it fun, which I think is reflected in the pattern.