Today I’m going to share with you a brand new pattern that has just been released. This is the Maple Skirt by Gracious Threads and I was lucky enough to be able to test it.
The Maple Skirt is an a-line skirt with button-up front, pockets, belt loops and optional adjustable waist! I love it so much that I actually made three of them:
This is the first one that I made, I used a piece of printed baby cord that I had left over from a dress that I made many years ago. This pattern is great at using up large scraps, because the individual pattern pieces are quite small.
And this is a really cute print!
The Maple skirt is a pattern for intermediate sewists, so there isn’t all the detail about how to finish raw edges etc. but there are some wonderful instructions for achieving some really beautiful finishes, such as this perfectly matched, flat hem:
And this adorable curved pocket with a button closure:
And a really neat finish to the waistband, includng belt loops:
I didn’t have any buttonhole elastic when I made this first version, so we got to test out those belt loops:
This is the size 3, and as you can see, the length is great, especially on this little plumpkin. Veronica doesn’t like clothes that are too “big” (reference the princess dress that I made her last year, that she won’t wear!)
But she really loved this, so I just had to make another!
This is also a printed baby cord. This time I used the adjustable elastic option – I’ve never done that before, and the instructions were so easy to follow, I’d practically finished it before I even realised that I was doing it!
Another cute pocket:
And another perfectly neat hem:
And a really happy little chick:
…but I had to make one more, afterall this is just such a great pattern.
This one is for big sister Mathilda. The fabric is a medium weight denim. Which, apart from the thickness when securing the belt loops, was surprisingly easy to sew.
I even managed another perfect hem – which really made me feel accomplished because this is a curved hem, and following the instructions that Jess provides with Maple Skirt pattern I was able to get a perfectly flat, even hem with matched up side seams:
Here is a peek inside the waistband at the adjustable elastic:
And another cute pocket:
I used Hello Kitty buttons for this, so we matched it with a Hello Kitty t-shirt to complete the outfit:
I made this in a size 6, according to Mathilda’s measurements, and it is perfect.
It even allows her to try out some of her karate moves:
This pattern goes all the way up to size 12! So I think I’ll be making a few more of these in the years to come.
How can you get a copy of the Maple Skirt pattern?
You can win a copy: Make sure the head on over to the Gracious Threads blog to read more about the Maple Skirt and comment on the post to win a copy of this skirt pattern for yourself.
Buy a copy: If you just can’t wait and need to have it now, you can go straight to the Gracious Threads online store and buy it now for the introductory price of only $5! But hurry, this introductory price ends on 30 Aug.
Thanks for reading!