I don`t get so much sewing time these days so while I have a lot of patterns on my sewing wishlist, I don`t have the time for tracing patterns, making muslins and so on. Testing patterns for Ann Grose from Designer Stitch is making it easy, as I know how her patterns are fitting me.
The Santi Skirt
has 8 gore panels for shaping, front patch pockets, and a self-shaped belt.
I made a size 3 and as you can see the original pattern is much shorter than my skirt. First I was planning to make my Santi in corduroy ( blue, rust or dark red) but while trying to decide on the color, I saw this fabric at Driessen Stoffen
( no affiliate) and thought that it will be perfect for my skirt. It is a kind of faux leather and the back side of the fabric is a kind of knit...or something very soft and nice so I`ve got immediately this idea of a midi skirt and the result is exactly what I had in my head. The fabric drapes also very nice.
To get this look I lengthened the pattern by 19cm. The Designer Stitch patterns have lines for length adjustments so that was easy.
This is the back of the fabric, very soft and also easy to sew.
Of course, on this pattern, you can go crazy with topstitching! I love topstitching and I made a few swatches before I decided on the topstitching thread. I am happy with my choice, not too bold but also not getting lost in the color of the fabric.
The pattern is pretty easy but all the topstitching can take some time.
The skirt has a centered back zipper opening. The belt should have been cut on the fold, but I have a center back seam because I did not have enough fabric. I ordered only 1.5m which it would have been enough for the original design but not for my extra lentgh.
I think this fabric is perfect for this pattern and now I only need to find some time to make my corduroy version or versions :) too.
The Santi skirt
is now on sale for a limited time on the Designer Stitch shop.
The turtleneck is the Hepburn
from Itch to Stitch Patterns which I made a few times, also here
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