Sewing double for Curvy Colette

I seem to be making all my knits in April for the twin challenge rather than waiting for May – I guess it says how comfortable knits are that I want to make a second version as soon as I finish the first.

This time it’s two Mabel Skirts, one of the two new patterns from Colette. Not only has Colette Patterns branched out into knitwear, they’ve also increased their size range up to a 3XL. My first version was traced at an L in the waist and XL in the hips, and lengthened by 2cm.


For my second version I lengthened it further (to a total of 12cm extra length) and traced another front-side panel at 2XL (I think it ended up having XL at the waist for that piece) so that I got a slightly bigger size, and I wanted the princess seams to sit a bit closer to the middle. By the looks of the photos I’ll probably have to narrow the bottom of the skirt a bit to keep the pencil shape.

Both skirts are soo comfortable. A bit revealing from the stretch fabric, as you can imagine, but I’m of the “don’t care, it’s comfortable” camp and I still think I look good in both of them. For more photos and information, see my blog post at

This was also part of the Curvy Colette blog tour by the Curvy Sewing Collective – myself and six other plus-sized bloggers are setting up a platform website promoting and celebrating plus sized sewing, which will be launching in June.

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