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I’ve tried to be pretty choosy when it comes to testing or “touring” a new pattern. I try to only choose patterns that I have considered making a similar style or that I would spend money on. This way I actually make things I’ll wear, and I’m much less stressed during the process. (It’s all about learning to say “no” in multiple aspects of our lives, right?) I want to expand my Tried-and-True patterns but very carefully and deliberately. Well, I exclusively wear pencil skirts, so I said “yes” to try to the new Runway Skirt pattern. It’s a pencil skirt for knits and stretch wovens with some fun gores on the back, and it’s 20% off this week only! (Scroll to the bottom for the giveaway!)

Me Made: A Gray Woven Runway Skirt Pattern

Let’s talk about the details of this skirt. I decided to do my own thing and not use a knit or stretch woven. I used a gray suiting that I think has a high polyester content so it didn’t press well. So I sized up and made a size 6 and the knee length version. I LOVE that this skirt has petite, average, and tall for each length. I wanted it to be a very fitted pencil skirt so after putting together the sides and gores in the back, I put it on to fit it. The waist fit well but there was extra room in the hips. This happens to me often since I’m a borderline rectangle. I would say this skirt’s measurements lean towards a pear. I took in the hips and all the way through the hem. I combined two pieces in the back reducing the gores from 5 to 3. I did a machine blind hem, and I had to add an invisible zipper since there was no stretch. I also used the same gray suiting for the gores and cut them on the bias. They still stick out a little, but have great movement. Business in the front and PARTY in the back.

Me Made: A Gray Woven Runway Skirt Pattern

I often feel the pressure to make something special and different for a pattern tour, but then I often don’t wear it. I just made a solid gray skirt that will get worn often. It matches everything in my closet! And it matches my gray blazer. My husband suggested the idea so I could have a suit. I love it; I don’t really have anywhere to wear it, but I love the idea of it. They work great together and they work great separately with other pieces in my closet.

Me Made: A Gray Woven Runway Skirt Pattern
I put together a little video so you can see the skirt in action! The back moves beautifully!

Me Made: A Gray Woven Runway Skirt Pattern
The Runway Skirt is a great pattern. I like it and will wear it a lot. I can see myself using it again since I wear pencil skirts a lot. The instructions are clear  and easy to understand. I think it’s a great skirt for confident beginners because you don’t need to do a zipper and the gores make a really cool detail. The stretch makes it a very forgiving pattern. I would see that you should be will to put the time into it to fit it to your body. Every pattern should individually be fitted to your body since every pattern and every body is different.
Me Made: A Gray Woven Runway Skirt Pattern

Author: Heather