Posted 21 July, 09on:
Here is another Ottobre Woman winner. This would have been an extremely fast skirt if I had followed the directions. The pattern calls for a knit, but I wanted to use a woven. This required adding a zipper to be able to get it on. Adding a zipper meant adding a waist band instead of the elastic casing. I used bias tape to give the waist a smooth, comfortable finish.
Let me back up. If you go with the Ottobre plan, this is a fantastically easy pattern. First, there is only one pattern piece to trace. You cut out ten gores, then just start sewing them together. With a knit on the serger, this skirt could be finished in minutes. Zip through those seams on the serger, add elastic on the serger, stitch down on the regular sewing machine, then add a hem. What could be easier?
Using a woven required slightly more time and a few more steps. Because I was a little worried about this fabric shredding along the seam lines, I pressed the seams to one side and topstitched. Then there was the zipper and bias tape for the waistband. (If I had added another gore, it would have slipped over my hips and I could have done the elastic waist.)
Because I am several inches shorter than standard Ottobre uses, the pattern had to be shortened. The pattern is drafted to about mid calf. When you are short, mid calf is a tricky look to pull off. Simply whacking off the top are bottom would have changed the silhouette of the skirt. I shortened the pattern in three different places, top, middle and bottom.
The end result is a fabulously comfortable skirt that looks cute with a tank. I can also dress it up with a nicer top and/or jacket.
Oh, the nitty gritty details. The pattern is design #11 from the 02/09 issue of Ottobre Woman. The fabric is woven I found in New York a few months ago. It is not as shiny as it looks in the photo. If you want to skip adding a zipper, make sure you use a knit with some stretch. It is a close fit.