This easy skirt was an impulse make. I was sorting through leftovers and scraps. I had some pieces of black and white tweed leftover from my attempt at a French Jacket, but not enough for a matching skirt. I did have a lot of this diagonal weave stretchy double knit. I originally bought a LOT of it for leggings, but it didn’t hold up well as pants, and tended to pill. It did hold up well as side panels in a dress, so I thought it might work as side panels in a skirt. I used some thin braided piping to accent the panels.
The Lekala pattern has gathers in only one side of the skirt. I don’t know why or what went wrong for me, but when I had the gathers on one side only, it looked odd. I was sooo disappointed, because I felt that I had wasted the neat little braid and tweedy boucle. Fortunately, I had just enough black and white fabric leftover to cut a new front piece, this time with three diagonal tucks across the front instead of the asymmetrical ruching.
I made the design change before I attached the waistband but after the skirt was assembled. So, I carefully removed the asymmetrical front panel, and replaced it with the new panel featuring three diagonal tucks. The tucks are not as obvious as the awkward ruching, but still adds interest to the skirt.
I used the stretchy knit for the waistband, so it’s very comfortable. I think the stretchy side panels also add to the comfort.
Princess seamed pencil skirt with asymmetrical ruching in the front panel
All Lekala patterns are printed to your custom size
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except for my design change. After assembling the skirt, but before attaching the waistband, I tried it on. It did look like the technical drawing, but I was NOT happy with the odd way my tweedy fabric bubbled out. It just didn’t work in this fabric for me, so I removed the front panel and replaced it with one that has three diagonal tucks.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Lekala instructions are just a brief list of assembly steps. They are accurate and in a sensible order
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that Lekala patterns are custom sized to your measurements. The skirt fits nicely. No dislikes with the pattern, but I wasn’t thrilled with the way my fabric behaved
Polyester black and white tweed boucle and twill-look polyester double knit
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I switched the asymmetrical ruching to three diagonal tucks. It’s sleeker, less bubbly and works better with my fabric,
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would sew this again, maybe in a lighter fabric with a softer drape. Yes, I would recommend this pattern. I think even a beginner with a good sewing reference book could make this skirt.