I’ve followed Sew Over It on YouTube for a while and during Indie Sewing Month this year, I finally picked up my first Sew Over It pattern. The Sew Over It Tulip Skirt is a lovely little skirt that can be made both knee length and mini length but even the mini version is work appropriate with tights underneath. The skirt has pocket and a curved, one piece waist band and is incredibly comfortable to wear because of the front pleats which help the skirt stand out from the body.
For my version I used a tartan remnant that I picked up from Value Village and scraps I had on hand: black Bemberg rayon for the lining and pockets, and left overs from my navy stretch cotton pants for the inside waistband. I interfaced the inside waist only, though I should have done both pieces because I had trouble keeping the shape of the loose-weave tartan while I was sewing.
I’m pretty proud of the pattern matching on this skirt, especially because I only had 80 cm of fabric to work with and the pattern called for 1.8m (you don’t need that much by the way!). The only change I will make on my next version is to remove an inch or a half inch from the centre top of the front pattern piece. The pattern leaves room at the front, I presume for a bit of a tummy, but my stomach is fairly flat so on me the front of the skirt ends up just a tiny bit lower than the back. I plan to take this extra length off the top of the pattern piece because I want the hem to remain pattern matched if I ever make this in a plaid or tartan again.
As I said, this is my first Sew Over It pattern but it won’t be my last. The PDF pattern was easy to put together and cut out and the instructions were clear and simple to follow. My favourite thing about Sew Over It patterns though is the bust/waist ratio, which is perfect for me (though I am between sizes). The hips measurements are all too large, but as most of the pattern I like are dresses and tops, this won’t be much of an issue. I’ve already purchased the Pussy Bow Blouse, the Ultimate Shift Dress, and the Heather Dress patterns so stay tuned to see what I sew next!
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