Hey June Sandbridge Skirt

I’ve been woefully neglectful of this old blog here…  life has been hectic with home projects, yard projects, work, training for a half marathon, and of course the increasingly busy lives of two year olds…

My sewing machines have been sorely neglected, too.  We’ve had two floods in our finished basement in the last 6 months or so, which has really been a joy.  And since that’s where I sew, that’s really put a damper on my creative outlet.

But!  The sewing room is finally (mostly) put back together.  And I’ve finally gotten a little bit of sewing done!  As always, Adrianna with Hey June Handmade gave me some motivation to finally get back to sewing – just when I needed it most.

Adrianna’s newest pattern is the Sandbridge Skirt, which just released last week!

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This is classic, relaxed jean skirt with raw edges.  I’d never thought of having frayed edges on a jean skirt, but I love the relaxed look it provides.  I used a soft blue denim from my stash*, which I believe I purchased from Pacific Fabrics at least a year ago.

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I haven’t worn skirts/dresses much since I had the kids, but this pattern has me rethinking that.  I made a size 12, and then took in the waist by about an inch.  I’ll take in the waist a little more on the next version so it’s a little more snug at the top.

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I wasn’t confident enough (and perhaps was a little too lazy) to use actual top stitching thread, so I just used standard weight thread in yellow.  While this gives it a bit of the standard jeans look, I think I’ll be braver on my next pair and actually go with the top stitching thread.  I can definitely see how the thicker thread would really add something to the skirt.  Maybe I’ll play around with the design on the pockets, too.  Some of the other testers did some really great pocket designs!

Overall, I highly recommend this pattern.  I’ve made a couple of other pairs of jeans (here and here), plus another jean skirt (unblogged), but I liked the instructions for the waistband in this pattern the best out of all of them.

 

*One thing made very apparent by my two basement floods was that my stash is entirely too large…  I’m trying to work through a good chunk of that before buying any more fabric.  So far, I’ve been successful.  I haven’t purchased any fabric in months!  Of course, I haven’t done all that much sewing in months, either, so that might be part of the reason for the success in avoiding fabric stores…

Penelope Pencil Skirt

I’ve been doing a lot of pattern testing lately, which has been a lot of fun (albeit a little stressful to keep up with these deadlines plus work deadlines…).  It’s so nice to get to see patterns as they go through the final revisions and get ready to be listed for sale.   One pattern designer I’ve been fortunate enough to test for recently is Grammies Dolls, which is a new-to-me designer.  She has primarily designed clothing patterns for little girls, but is branching out into designs for women (and I believe she plans on making some designs for boys in the future, too).

Her first pattern to be released for women is the Penelope Pencil Skirt, which is a fully-lined, knee-length pencil skirt with kick pleat.

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I would say this is an intermediate-level pattern, as it requires installation of a zipper plus the kick pleat.  I had never done a kick pleat before, but the new instructions for that make that technique pretty doable, I think.  I made a medium (size 8-10) based on waist measurements.  I had to take in the hips a bit, though, as my hips are a size smaller (the pattern has since been adjusted, though, so keep that in mind).

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I love the finished product.  It will be perfect for work.

But I have a confession : this is now a lining-less skirt.  I have a rather ridiculous fabric stash at the moment, so I’m trying to just use fabrics I have without buying anything new.  I had this linen blend for the outer fabric, which has some silver sparkle to it (though you can’t really see that from the pictures) and thought it would be perfect for the skirt.  For the lining, though, I used this golden colored lining material which I bought about a million years ago (when I had very little knowledge about what the heck I was doing with a sewing machine).  And I hated it.  The lining was just awful.  Not the pattern – that was just fine.  It was the quality of the material.  Yuck.  So, instead of having an item where I would hate the lining, I simply removed it.  It’s now a lining-less skirt, which I think works perfectly over leggings, or a slip, if need be.  Now you know – this skirt can be made without a lining if you prefer!

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And look!  My photo is the cover photo of the pattern!  How exciting.  That’s definitely a first for me.  🙂

The pattern is available here, and, until Monday at midnight, you can get it 20% off by using the code “newlisting” (without the quotation marks).

I can’t wait until you see the next pattern being released by Grammies Dolls (which I also tested).  It’s already become a staple in my closet!