Summer has finally hit the East Coast! I have a great quick pattern for your summer-time enjoyment. Truth be told, these pictures were taken in April and even though it looks like I am basking in a warm sun, it was COLD! If you look closely, you can actually see the goosebumps on my legs! Brr!
This is the Rae Skirt pattern by Sewaholic patterns. The pattern company was started by Tasia St. Germaine in 2010, and she drafted for the pear shaped customer. Lucky for me, that is just what I am. I have a small chest, tiny waist but larger hips, hence the “pear” shape. Even though she drafts for my fellow junk-in-the-trunk people, I have seen numerous renditions of her patterns by non-pear people that look amazing, so fear not! Tasia sold the business a few years back, and quite honestly, we haven’t seen much new from them. There are some solid, fantastic patterns, so the line is still quite popular. You will see her Renfrew, Cambie, and Granville still popping up around the sewing blogs.
This pattern in particular was produced to help people learn how to sew. I am talking about giving confidence to someone that has not even sewn a pillowcase, let alone a skirt. The instructions are fantastic for new sewers, and she holds your hand with every turn. If you are not an in-person class taker, this is like having Tasia with you every step of the way. I am not a beginner, but I love sewing this skirt. It is one of those things that I find flattering (which is tough to say about an elastic-waisted skirt!), a quick sewing palate cleanser, and yields endless opportunities to use up fun fabric.
My initial thought was to do this in a Cotton + Steel gingham, but I decided that with the way the pattern pieces were shaped, it might be a bit of an eye-sore with the plaids blending into each other. It might have worked, but I will probably never find out. I found something else to do with said gingham, and instead used the Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Metallic linen in red with a golden tone for the Rae. It is super fun!
This is my third version of this skirt, and I almost have it perfect. This time I added belt loops, which are a must. I was in a time crunch to finish the skirt so even though pockets would make this the PERFECT skirt, it is sadly sans pockets. Next time though!
I sewed up a size two and it fit pretty much spot-on. I mean, it does have an elastic waist, so fitting is pretty much nonexistent, but the amount of fullness is just enough for my frame. I really want to do my next version in something with a bit more drape. And with pockets.
All Photos by Ashley Shea Photography
Working with the linen was not a problem. I was concerned it would fray like crazy, but I just zigzagged over the raw edges and all is still good. This linen is a dream to wear in hot weather. I recently wore this in Athens, which was standing-on-the-sun hot, and I was very comfortable. The composition is about half linen and half cotton with a little lurex, so you don’t get the crazy wrinkles, but it is still lovely and breathable.
This skirt took me two hours to make from tracing to attaching the last belt loop. What could be better than that?? I will need to block out a bit more time for pockets next time, but still a great and satisfying project.
Have you sewn any Sewaholic patterns? Are you a fellow pear-shape? What are you sewing for your summer wardrobe?!?!?!