I love the red Miette skirt I made, and it made me think about making one with a pattern or a maxi version. When I found this Copper-flowered cotton twill fabric on clothspot.co.uk I decided to do both in one skirt. This twill is more medium weight with a soft drape, unlike the stiff heavy twill I used for my first skirt, so ideal for a maxi skirt.
Last time I cut a size 8 but ended up removing an inch from either side, taking it down to roughly a size 7. This is still not quite small enough, as I have to pull the waist ties to the minimum to get it to fit. Therefore this time I decided to cut a size 6. In the end this fits well, this is great for my ego, but it makes me think this pattern runs big as the listed waist size for a 6 is about 10cm smaller than my waist measurement. If you are making this pattern I would definitely recommend using the smaller size indicated by your measurements, and then check the finished garment measurements.
Another change I decided to make after my last version was to add some shape to the bum. I also need to add some length to allow for my large seat. I did both of these by adding darts to the back. I will put the details of this process in a separate blog post to prevent this one getting out of control.
To extend the pattern to maxi length I used Christine’s tutorial – it’s always nice to have someone else think through things for you, and she has a few really good tips, particularly using a piece of string to get an even hem. I did add a little too much length, possibly because I measured off my original skirt which is much stiffer – I had to cut 4 inches off to make the skirt roughly floor length.
With those pattern alterations made construction was very straight forward. I used a twin needle to do the top stitching and bias tape to finish the seams. I think bias tape makes a really nice clean finish on this skirt. For this maxi version I used most of 10m of tape.
For the hem length I made it roughly ankle length – this will be a skirt for the colder months, and living in a country famed for its rainfall I decided I need a little distance between the hem of the skirt and the ground.
I am really pleased with this skirt – it has a lovely flare and drape. The colours in the fabric are really great as well – with the copper and grey⁄green⁄blue background it will go with most things. And obviously, and most importantly, I have more huge pockets.