Steely Seamstress

Sewing for life

Skirt Experiments


You may recall the True Blue Skirt from earlier in the year which is quite a simple self-drafted skirt I made. After I made that skirt, I experimented with a couple more variations.

I introduced some in-seam pockets and lots of top-stitching for the blue denim version. I think this version has a seventies vibe about it. I love the little tricolore buttons I found too.

Denim Viale 2

Denim Viale 1

The black and white version has some piped details and the pockets too. To my mind, this is definitely a sixties mini skirt.

Black-White Viale 3

Black-White Viale 4


Black-White Viale 2

Of the three skirts, the back and white version is my absolute favourite. I wore this quite a few times during Me-Made-May and it makes a perfect work skirt worn with tights as it isn’t too tight getting on and off trains! I’m not so sure about the denim version. For some reason the yoke doesn’t sit as flat as on the other versions – it bubbles a bit. In fact, now I’m looking at the photos even the hem doesn’t sit flat. Perhaps the fabric was too stiff. It is, what I would call, a medium-weight denim so I thought it would work. Perhaps I should put this down as a bad fabric choice on my part. On top of this, I’m not that smitten with the colour of denim. It really is very similar in colour to the first blue skirt I made and I was really after a darker indigo type of denim. Still perhaps it will grow on me as a skirt. I’m debating whether some applique or embroidery on it might give it a lift.

So much for my skirt experiments! I also thought I’d share something with you that I’ve been working on for the last few months. I’ve been dabbling with pattern drafting….well, all the cool kids are doing it! I’ve drafted a digital pattern for this skirt. It’s called The Viale Skirt.

I hadn’t realised quite how much work this was until I started and I’m really in awe of those who manage to produce more than about one pattern a year. But, I’ve had to do a lot of learning and I’ve been using a rather badly installed version of the freeware program Inkscape, which might explain my woes. So, because this is an experiment and I’m unsure of my abilities in this area, I’m offering the pattern for free!

Click here to download the Viale Skirt PDF pattern.

Click here for the Viale Skirt Instruction booklet.

Any feedback is very welcome. However, there are some things that I know I will definitely include or spend more time on. I’ve only tested this pattern on myself, for instance and there isn’t a cutting layout in my instructions. I simply ran out of time and I really wanted to post this during the monthly stitch’s indie pattern month. Enjoy and tell me what you think!


Author: steelyseamstress

Sewing a new wardrobe

9 thoughts on “Skirt Experiments

  1. Pingback: Take Two in the Skate Park | The Monthly Stitch

  2. Very cool circle pockets ?

  3. wow! How generous! this skirt would be perfect for golf so I will share it with my 2 sewing golfing buddies too who don’t blog. I’ll let you know if and when any of us make it – I’ve just got rather a long to do list at the moment!
    Just a thought though. I’m 41 inch hips so could get away with the largest size, but am 34inch waist. Shall I just grade it out a bit? It looks to sit a bit below the natural waist. thanks again! 🙂

    • Thanks for the feedback. It’s really rather interesting that you mention the whole sizing issue. I had a little bit of a dilemma with this. I started out, as people normally do, with making the garment just for me. But I am very rectangular in shape and given that this was the first time I’d graded a pattern, I decided to go with some common sizes and grade those to make it easier. It does mean that the size in the pattern doesn’t even fit me! I had been thinking about writing a tutorial on grading out the waist, but now I’m thinking, why not just feature making the pattern for those with a smaller hip to waist ratio – more like a 5 in difference between waist and hip, rather than a 10 inch difference. After all there are patterns for pear shapes and apple shapes out there.

      I think the skirt sits a little below the natural waist – I’ll add that to the description. For guidance I placed the notch on the skirt at my hip level when I was drafting it, it was a handy measure as I went along.

      • I’ve definitely more of a 5 inch difference, I’ll keep a look out on your blog. It’s a really cool style and could be individualised in do many different ways. I’m sure it’s going to prove popular.

  4. Pingback: Tips on Piping | Steely Seamstress

  5. Pingback: Tips for Accurate Top-stitching | Steely Seamstress

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s