Quite a while ago I found an adorable diagonally pleated knit skirt on Pinterest. I promptly pinned it, quickly scanned the instructions online which I deemed it too complicated for my tiny head, and continued to pine for it from a distance.
The Jade Skirt pattern is available for a price that you determine, including free. It includes mini and midi lengths. I chose to sew the mini because I wanted to show a little leg. I’m just shy of 5 feet tall so even the mini length is still work appropriate for me. I love to support indie pattern companies so I was happy to pay for the pattern. I’m also happy to share the word, because I have a major crush on this skirt and can see this skirt looking amazing on many curvy ladies. It’s adorable, enviable, comfortable (knits = secret pajamas!), and did I mention – COMPLETELY ADORABLE.
I recently had a day off work that I planned to use ~SEWING~ all day long. A glorious day to look forward to! Since this is the initial release for Paprika Patterns, the pattern does not come in the full size range that it will be available for in the future. I was on the cusp of the size range:
Size Chart (Inches)
Good thing I’m a renegade seamstress, because I recklessly slashed and spread the pattern to add an even 4″ to accommodate my 38″ish waist and 45″ hips. Those numbers don’t quite add up, do they? I figured somewhere between the stretch of my fabric, the negative ease in the pattern, and the fitting step prompted in the pattern, things would just work themselves out along the way. Which they did! Sort of. As I was fitting the skirt on myself, I took out the same amount that I had added.
This skirt comes with a funny story. I finished the skirt within an afternoon, and had a haircut scheduled in the evening. It was so cute and adorable and comfortable that of course I wore my new me-made skirt to my appointment. I gushed to my stylist about how I spent all day sewing this adorable skirt and we fawned over how cute it is. It is also incredibly comfortable, and the pleats make it unique yet polished.
After my appointment my stylist and I were walking to the register. Suddenly I feel a sort of restriction around my ankles, as if I had left the bathroom forgetting my underwear around my ankles. Except instead of my undies, it was my skirt! We both got quite a laugh out of my wardrobe malfunction, luckily I was wearing some heavy duty tights due to our chilly Minnesota weather.
Obviously I need to take it in even more, and note this for my future makes. My knit has a fair amount of stretch which contributes to how the size feels. The construction of the skirt seems complicated, but there is a video on the Paprika Patterns website to assist. The pattern also includes a scaled down version to practice. After watching the video and using the practice sheet, it really isn’t that complicated. I used color coordinated pins to mark my folds. I put them in a rainbow order so I knew which pins matched where, and in what order. Notches numbered 1 were red pins, 2 were orange, etc. The skirt is fully lined, so all raw edges are neatly concealed and contained. The pattern prompts a mid-construction fitting to ensure a nice fit. If you plan on wearing tights with the skirt, you may want to also wear tights while fitting to avoid any similar wardrobe malfunctions. Learn from my mistakes.
I cannot say enough how adorable this skirt is. I felt so sassy and put together when I wore it. I can’t wait to wear the heck out of this skirt, as soon as I take in the waist a bit. I can see making this skirt in a few more colors too! Overall, this is a curve hugging, flattering skirt that can be worn year round. My best advise would be to make sure you fit the waist appropriately.
Curvy rating – 4 stars for unique style and versatility in wear, but docked for size limitation. However the pattern will be available in an extended size range in the future!