Oh hello leopard print skirt of dreams!
As we all know, leopard print is a HUGE trend this season, which is great for me because I LOVE LOVE LOVE leopard print. It is a neutral in my opinion and it’s a print that I always choose to wear every season.
This make was actually a spur of the moment make. I’d seen leopard print fabrics in lots of online fabric shops but I was on a self imposed fabric buying ban! However, I noticed that Sheona at Sewisfaction had this lovely leopard print jacquard in and I thought it would be perfect for a simple mini skirt. I justified it as I had a specific purpose for the fabric and I only needed 1 metre.
I wasn’t quite sure which pattern to use at first. I considered Tilly & the Buttons Delphine and Simplicity 1370 (which I also made in leopard print jacquard when I first started sewing a few years ago) but settled on Sew Over It’s new PDF, Ava. To be fair, I probably could have drafted a skirt myself but I’m lazy like that.
The Ava skirt is the latest PDF release from Sew Over It and is a simple, slightly A-line skirt. It has 2 length options: mini or midi. I opted to make the mini length. It has 2 darts at the front and 2 darts at the back, a centre back zip and either a press stud or hook and eye closure on the waistband. It’s designed for woven fabrics with structure such as denim, brocade, cotton poplins etc.
This skirt was really simple to make and would make a great first project. It has a front piece, 2 back pieces and a waistband. It also has pockets but I didn’t add them. The method for inserting the zip was one I’d not tried before. You sew the back pieces together completely, but use a longer stitch length where the zip will be. Then pin and sew the zip in place, making sure the zip teeth are aligned with the seam, then unpick the stitching for the seam. Voila! The zip is in perfectly. I might use that method again. I think Lisa Comfort said in her YouTube video for the skirt that it’s the method Sew Over It teach beginners. It was very easy!
The skirt fits well and was quick and easy to make. As long as you measure your waist accurately and fit that, there should be no fitting issues.
The fabric was nice to work with but it frays a lot. Luckily, I got to use my new overlocker for the first time. I love the professional finish it gives! It’s quite a thick fabric so seams and darts can get bulky but it sews easily and presses well if you use a lot of steam.
I love that I’ve made a skirt that fits high street trends at the moment.
Name: Ava Skirt
Company: Sew Over It
Description: The Ava Skirt is a versatile A-line skirt with two hem length options. Wear it midi with boots for the ultimate in cosiness, or go mini for the perfect work-to-evening skirt. It’s an everyday classic that’ll go with everything and work throughout the seasons – win-win!
Printed or PDF: PDF only
Sizing: Size 8-20. I made a 14 as usual in Sew Over It patterns
Alterations: I didn’t include the pockets.
Fabric: Leopard print jacquard from Sewisfaction
Difficulty rating: Beginner – an easy first project
Difficulties encountered: None
Time taken: 1-2 hours
What would I change: Nothing
Favourite thing: The fabric!!!