12/2011 - 108 PDF Download
It is however designed to be cut on the bias and I've come to realise that I really don't like bias cut things on me; I find they cling and emphasise bits I'd rather disguise. I cut the pattern a bit wider at the hips since bias has some stretch which is lost when you change to straight grain. I totally forgot to consider the hem circumference and while it is OK I do need to be careful if I take big steps.
I made this twice - the first in a silky peacock print, I'm not sure what the fabric is to be honest, but it's a bit sheer so I wear a slip under this one.
The second version is made from a linen/cotton blend with brightly coloured parrots printed on a black and white leafy background. I loved working with this fabric, so easy to handle and it doesn't crease as much as pure linen.
I changed this version a bit by adding a waistband, a centre back seam (I much prefer a centre back zip than a side one to fine tune the fit) and added a small split in the centre back to make it easier to walk in. I didn't have any invisible zippers on hand so I did a centred zipper instead. I think I last did one of these about 20 years ago, but it turned out ok!
I took both skirts on a short vacation to Singapore which is where the photos below were taken. They coped with the heat and humidity brilliantly which is more than I can say for my hair!