I’m very pleased to break the drought here on this blog, especially with this skirt that has become an instant favourite of mine. This is the Megan Skirt, and it is the latest design to be released by Designer Stitch.
The pattern is for a yoked skirt with panelled details. The panels can be further embellished with either an optional trim on the centre front, or optional pockets that can be included in the side front panels.
Of course, this pattern is extremely versatile and can be mixed up any number of ways, but it also comes with some very good instructions to guide you through finishing the garment with some special touches.
The skirt length hits just about on the knee – which is usually a flattering length on everybody, but one of the other testers shortened it to mini length, which was also very cute!
I used this black and pink plaid suiting from Lincraft as my main fabric, I had a small amount of plain black wool that I used for the side front panels, I’ve had that stashed for at least 15 years – it was a piece that was too big to throw away, but too small to make an entire garment out of it. So I guess that it was waiting around for a project that needed a smaller amount for an accent. This pattern is perfect for showcasing a special fabric, especially when you only have a small amount.
The Front Panel
A lot of the testers used some beautiful fabrics for their centre panels. I used my main fabric, but I cut it on the bias! I had to make a new pattern piece to do this, which was really quite easy.
The pattern piece for the panel is designed to be cut on the fold, so I traced the pattern piece using kitchen paper, cut out and flipped the traced section upside down, and attached it to my original pattern piece with sticky tape, matching the centre front lines. This created a new full size pattern piece, I spread my fabric out flat in a single layer (with the right side facing up – although this fabric has not right/wrong side) and I fussy-cut out my skirt front. It was easy to see where the pattern was underneath the transparent kitchen paper.
I took care when handling the front panel, as it is cut on the bias it is more prone to stretching out of shape! So I took all the necessary precautions with it, stay-stitching and taking the time to pin and baste it into position to make sure that it didn’t become misshapen at all.
The Side Panels and Pockets
The side front panels can be constructed either with or without pockets. Of course I had to have pockets – everything is better with pockets! These pockets are quite deep, very practical, you can see the outline of the pocket pieces pressed against the panels in my flat-lay shots.
I added some trim to my pockets, this is some vintage cotton lace that includes the ribbon insert already. I used this on a previous project, and only had a small piece left, the perfect amount for both of these pockets. The trim was attached to the front panel piece before joining it to the pocket. This helped to encase the edges of the trim, which are prone to unravelling, within the seams of the skirt itself, thereby making it more secure and should keep the trim looking nice and neat for a long time.
I chose to put it slightly below the pocket edge so that the trim won’t get damaged or worn over time as my hand goes in and out of the pocket.
Finishing, Back Zipper, and Incidental Pattern Matching
I finished my hem with a simple straight stitch on my machine. This fabric was quite easy to work with, but the plain black especially has a felty kind of grain, so it would have been a bit fiddly to try and hem it by hand.
This pattern also has a centre zipper at the back – not an invisible zipper – which was just slightly terrifying! However, the instructions are beautifully written and I ended up with a reasonably neat looking zipper, although the seams between my yoke and skirt panels don’t quite meet up…however, I did get some pretty well-matched horizontal stripes all the way down the back centre seam.
The zipper looks quite tidy on the inside too. You can see that I overlocked all my internal raw edges to keep them neat.
…and I also managed to get some pattern-matching at the side seams of my yoke! However, this was only because I cut the yoke panels incorrectly – I had the grain matching the side seam instead of the back seam – fortunately it did not affect the hang of the finished skirt and I was able to use them as they are.
Where to Buy?
The listing is for a pdf pattern with a huge range of sizes included: AU/UK 6-26, US 2-22, EU34-54.
The pattern is at a special introductory price for a short time only!
You can also join the Designer Stitch Pattern Support Group on Facebook where you can be inspired by all the wonderful sewists sharing their makes!
Thanks for reading!