As you may be able to tell from the hairstyle change – I tested the Designer Stitch Allie Wrap Skirt pattern a while ago!
I grow my hair out and then donate it to the Little Princess Trust every 18 months or so and these pictures were taken before the latest bobbening.
This pattern was released just as seemingly every fast-fashion outlet was bringing out these crossover mini skirts – so perfect timing for me to make my own.
I used a medium-weight, dark grey, wool suiting fabric to make it in a size three (I added two centimetres to the waist). Apart from that, the only adjustments I made were to shorten it to fit my height (I’m a fair few inches off the 5’6″ Designer Stitch drafts for.
The pattern is a faux wrap skirt (so no flashing risk – although I have made it to 26 without having a wrap skirt unravel on me – here’s to another 26 years!) The wrap is actually an overlay and can be combined with a button, D-rings, grommets or a side tie. I plan to make another with the D-ring option as soon as I can find D-rings that are larger than a coin and smaller than a dinner plate!
The pattern has a straightforward centre back zip, which I think would be a good start for beginners looking to install a zip for the first time. There’s nothing too difficult about the rest of the pattern so assuming you know how to use interfacing and add darts, I think most beginners could manage this one!
This skirt comes together super quickly and thanks to my very restrained colour choice – goes with pretty much everything!
Pattern: Allie (Faux) Wrap Skirt
Designer: Designer Stitch
Designed for: Woven fabrics
Fabric choice: Wool suiting
Size: 3 (My measurements are – Height: 159cm/5’2, Bust: 88cm, Waist 73cm, Hips 96cm)
Modifications: Added two centimetres to the waist, shortened to suit my height
Difficulties or future changes: None
Recommend for: Confident beginners