Today I am reviewing the Snapdragon skirt from Tenterhook patterns. The pattern is a knee-length pencil skirt with three views: a faux wrap skirt with asymmetrical hem, faux wrap skirt with a curved hem, and a classic pencil skirt. Tenterhook patterns is a pattern company geared toward plus sized woman. The size range is for 33 inch waist / 43 inch hip to 46 inch waist / 56 inch hip.
My measurements are 46 inch waist and 56 inch hip so I made the largest in the size range. I made my first version of this skirt about a year ago and absolutely loved it. I made the faux wrap skirt with the curved hem in pink denim fabric. My fabric has a bit of a stretch in it so I had to take the sides in a bit. There is some ease in the skirt that will allow for room when sitting down. However, in a stretch denim, it doesn’t need as much.
I spent the year wanted to make a ton more, but didn’t get around to it until recently. For my next two versions, I made the classic pencil skirt version with one in a heavy wool perfect for a winter skirt and the other in a medium weight suiting fabric. Neither of my fabrics had any amount of stretch and I didn’t have to make any adjustments for these versions. It’s pretty rare to have a skirt or any pattern fit without any adjustments.
The construction process is fairly straight forward. The major change from other pencil skirt patterns I’ve seen is that Tenterhook has you press your darts over a tailor’s ham in order to get a curved shape. This really makes quite a difference in the shape of the garment and hugs your curves. The instructions are really thorough and easy to follow.
I think the design works well for me and is incredibly comfortable to wear. It’s an unlined skirt and that’s my preference. It wouldn’t be difficult to line it, if that were your preference. Here is a good tutorial on adding a lining to a pencil skirt. Because there is no vent in the skirt, you can just cut the lining from the same pattern pieces as the classic pencil skirt view and then hem the lining slightly shorter than the skirt to hide it from view.
I’m definitely making this pattern again. I’ll be returning to it when ever I feel like a classic pencil skirt.
Size Range (1-5): 4.5
Instructions (1-5): 5
Construction Process (1-5): 5
Final Fit (1-5): 5
Overall Rating (1-5): 4.875
While the size range is geared more toward plus sized women, I do think it could go higher than a 56 inch hip. There is a serious lack of patterns for people who are in that high range, especially for lovely fitted skirts like this. The instructions are fantastic and the fit is great. I really love how pressing the darts over the tailor’s ham improves the shape of the garment overall. The different faux wrap views add interest to the classic pencil skirt shape. Overall I very much love the pattern and think it makes for a perfect pencil skirt for me.