I initially developed this skirt after getting a little too excited about a purple and green striped jersey that I found on an outrageous sale and bought kind of a ridiculous amount of it. I wanted to sew a maxi skirt since I love wearing skirts, I especially love wearing maxi skirts, and the idea of a maxi skirt from a comfy knit sounded like a dream. I wanted to play with the stripes, so I put giant shingles of fabric on the maxi skirt. The initial drafts of the skirt in the purple and green stripes have since gone the way of the thrift store (that’s why it’s pattern development – there have been definite improvements since that first draft!) but I found that I loved wearing the shingled maxi and that the base skirt that the shingles are layered on makes a great, simple skirt on its own.
Since the skirt is so simple at it’s most basic, as I was developing the pattern I had a hard timed deciding between all of the various possibilities – so I included them all! The skirt can be maxi or knee length – and many different lengths are marked on the pattern to make it easy-to-fit for women of all heights. The waistband can be yoga-style (very wide and folded over) so that it hides the elastic or it can be a plain narrow encased elastic band if you want to minimize bulk at the waist. No garment is complete without pockets (IMHO), so the Conifer Skirt has the option of including a waistband pocket just the right size for a cell phone. I like raw edges on my fabric, but I know that not everyone does and knits that roll a lot need hemming, so the skirt and its shingles can be hemmed or left raw (and there are cut lines marked separately in the pattern for both). Finally, the instructions are written for the cleanest inside finishing, but there’s also optional simplified instructions – the inside isn’t quite as clean but a beginner can follow them!
Since there are so many options for the Conifer Skirt, I put together a video talking through the different options and showing off a bunch of skirts that I have made for myself.
For the first time, SeamstressErin Designs patterns are available in print! I am so excited to offer a print version of the Conifer Skirt. In a beautiful 6″x9″ envelope (if I do say so myself), you’ll find a 12-page booklet of the instructions and the full size pattern on tissue paper.
I have a full sewalong for the skirt coming soon, and you can follow the progress of the sewalong by following my blog, or checking in at the Conifer Skirt web page where you will find a bunch more information about the pattern. There is also video sewalong available for purchase with the pattern that holds your hand through every step of the construction process – perfect for beginning sewists or for those of you that like learning by watching videos.