"A wardrobe staple, Annika A-Line skirt is a quick to make pattern especially geared towards beginners. It has a center back seam for zipper installation and beautiful waist finish using petersham ribbon. Not only is this skirt comfortable to wear, it has endless design opportunities. The skirt is designed to sit 2-3 inches below your natural waist. Not a fan of lower waist? Simply go down a size and it will fit just fine.
Detailed instructions are included on how to install an invisible zipper as well as Petersham waist finishing." Pattern Sizing:
34 - 44 I made 38 size. Here's a link to my blog post. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did and this skirt sews up very quickly - on one night. Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes they were.
There were 7 of us who tested this pattern from around the world so the instructions have had a workout. I tested the pattern only so I was amazed at the detail put into the instructions. If you're new to sewing, you would appreciate the step by step details.
I've never used Petersham tape before so I found these instructions very helpful to me too. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like how this pattern is simple to make and sits nicely on me.
I wasn't certain about the waistline when I tested the pattern but then realised it sits below your natural waistline.
Having the waistline sit below your real waistline makes this a very comfortable work skirt. There's no waistband to cut into you if your job is desk based.
Now I need to make some new tops to go with it... Fabric Used:
My test version was made with a quilt cotton panel and I used 5/8" cotton tape at the waistline.
The work version uses a medium weight houndstooth wool and is lined. I have a habit of lining most things (tops, dresses and trousers) so they don't cling to me. This is a great winter weight version for our mild winters. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Once I realised it sits below the waistline, I kept the skirt length to above the knee.
I didn't need to do a sway back adjustment but I did lower the centre back hem by 1.5cm.
As it's such an easy skirt to make I will use it to add pockets and bunch of other details to make each new skirt look individual.
My new work version skirt fits nicely into my existing work wardrobe. I made my work version after dinner the other night. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I can see this skirt being versatile for summer or winter conditions and casual or evening events.