Self Drafted Polly Skirt Pattern
- Denim Fabric
- Cotton lawn scraps from stash
- Jeans Zip
- Black thread
- Top stitching thread
I washed the denim twice and pressed it with lots of steam before cutting out the pattern pieces. I’m hoping this will stop the skirt from shrinking when I was it.
I put it together in pretty much the same way as I did with my first version. It’s a very sturdy denim so sometimes the weight of it made it difficult to sew, especially bits where there was some fiddling to do, like the zip and the pockets. I’m glad I used a jeans zip because I don’t think that a regular invisible or dress zip would hold up quite as well.
Changes I made this time
- Cut the waistband facing from lawn to reduce bulk at the waistline
- Didn’t interface waistband
What I Like
- I really like the lawn I used for the pockets and waistband facing
- Zip is just long enough so that I can ‘step into’ the skirt and wiggle a bit to put it on
- Pockets of course!
- Top stitching is a bit wonky in places
- The seams are a bit bulky in places
Changes for next time
- Use a lighter weight denim
- Make a pattern adjust for the fit through the hips, perhaps take a tiny sliver out of the side seams at the waist and blend to nothing at the centre back and centre front
The cost of this skirt has been kept down by a couple of things. I was able to get the materials at a bit of a discount and it didn’t take me nearly as long as it usually does for me to make something; for two reasons – I’ve made this pattern before, and an unlined skirt doesn’t have nearly as many seams as say a fit and flare dress with sleeves (like the Crazy Polka Dots Dress for example)
Pop over to my blog to find out how much this skirt cost in the end…
As I said before, I am probably going to wear the heck out of this skirt. My original Polly Skirt is a wardrobe workhorse, I wear it at least once a week, so this skirt should take some of the load off of it. It was really great to sew with a different fabric and to try out top stitching in a contrast top stitching thread. This skirt makes me so happy I feel like jumping…
Thanks for reading, until next time,