I had been eyeing Baste and Gather’s Syrah Skirt pattern for quite awhile. I love a good comfy knit skirt. They are so easy to wear in the summer months! When she released her Birkin Flare pattern, she had a sale on her other patterns. I snatched Syrah right up!
Before I even made one for myself, I made two for a good friend. Since I had the pattern all printed and taped together, I decided I better whip one up for myself too! I did the normal waistband for my friend, but chose to do the ruched version for me. I did something wrong because it doesn’t lay entirely flat along the top edge. The pattern calls for clear elastic to ruche it, but I found better luck in basting and then gathering it. I actually used clear elastic first and didn’t like how it laid, so I grabbed my trusty seam ripper and ripped it out.
The rest of the skirt came together very nicely. I used a Ponte de Roma fabric, and it probably doesn’t have as much stretch as it should. I like the sturdiness of it, but it doesn’t have a ton of stretch. The pattern calls for fabric with at least 40% stretch and I know mine didn’t. It pulls slightly at the top because it doesn’t have the stretch it should. That is totally my fault. I tend to push my limits with fabric selections :0
As always, Lauren’s instructions were very clear and easy to follow. There were some parts I had to think about what was going on, but only because it was my first time making this pattern. I love how she includes directions to add a built in slip. It is so handy to have that extra layer of fabric so I don’t always have to throw on a separate slip.
In the directions it says to baste together pieces at scant 1/4″ on some steps. I did that on the first skirt I sewed. I didn’t like how close it was to the actual seam allowance so on the second time around I basted at an even smaller seam allowance of 1/8″. That seemed to work the best for me.
Now bring on the spring weather I am ready to wear my new skirt!
Pattern: Syrah by Baste and Gather
Size sewn: 8
Measurements: Hips: 39″ Height: 5’6″
Fabric: Ponte De Roma from JoAnne Fabrics