For this month’s sewing challenge, I wanted to expand my wardrobe with an everyday skirt. Made by Rae must have been reading my mind and released the Cleo Skirt pattern. Since I have become a newly converted pocket lover, I wanted to explore the two pocket options in the pattern along with experiment with a gathered skirt on my plus size body. After making Rae’s toddler backpack pattern, I knew her instructions would be clear and well illustrated. Plus she put together a sewalong for the Cleo Skirt.
But am I the only one who buys a pattern, is comforted by the support of a sewalong, makes the pattern and completely forgets about the sewalong!?! It might just be me but that is exactly what happened when I made my muslin! I followed the hip measurements and made an one x. The skirt was huge! This is why we make muslins, right? Right! So I sized down to a large per Rae’s helpful hints in the sewalong.
My muslin also taught me that I wanted the length of view B (longer) but I wanted to experiment with the pockets in view A (right underneath the waistband). I had seen this version on my instagram friend’s feed, Pokeycan, and thought it might work for me.
As I expected, the instructions were very helpful. Rae includes tips on understitching and the construction of the dress is durable and professional. I found this fabric in the clearance section of Quilt in a Day but there was no information on the bolt or the selvedge.
I absolutely LOVE this skirt and with tights, I am hoping it will last me through the Winter. Since it’s a versatile pattern, I also want to explore using different substrates and making shorter ones for next summer. There are endless options!