Spring means shorter skirt lengths and bare legs whenever possible. Liesl+Co's new Soho skirt/shorts pattern came out at just the right time for me, I had registered for the notification of sale and thenI had an email from the company offering a chance to try out the pattern in digital format for a review, very fortunate timing, so here it is worn with last year's Maritime knit top.
If you've every made any of Liesl's patterns before, her brands include Liesl+Co, Oliver+S, Straight Stitch Society and Lisette for Butterick, you'll know her instructions are probably the best in the sewing pattern world for clarity, detail and quality and finish. Her shapes tend to be simple, modern casual styles with some clever twists on traditional features like pleats and pockets. This skirt appealed to me primarily because I love a contour waist band- this style has it as well as a dandy way to stabilise it.
I don't think anyone likes putting PDF patterns together but I do appreciate when they are thoughtfully designed for this process. Liesl+Co patterns on printed with a grid making accurate matching nice and easy. My favourite feature was something I haven't seen before, as each pattern piece became complete, it had a scissor line bordering the actual piece so you could safely cut it out during the assembly rather than struggle with the large master sheet of paper stuck together, very nifty!
It's a relatively quick garment to make. As expected, instructions are exemplary, everything including when to finish and how is included. I used some Liberty for the pocket facings and to finish the waist band edge and concealed zipper end.
It's a simple style very well done. I wanted a pleated skirt which had fullness without too much bulk and with a comfortable waist and that's exactly what I got. The front pockets are a good size and add to the flattering cut as the sit more smoothly than side seam pockets. Fitting is based on waist size. I was between size 4 and 6 so I went upwards and cut a size 6 and made no changes. It's a little big and sits quite low on the waist so next time I'm cutting between sizes. I used some left over needlecord. It's a pattern that could look different according to fabric choice. Canvas and brocade with give you a more structural, formal look and viscose and rayon would have lots of drape so lie much closer to your body.
I'm going to make a second skirt in a linen/denim blend and I also have some viscose in my stash that I think would work for the shorts in anticipation of summer days on the beach. I've got lovely long interview with Liesl in the new May issue of Sewing World magazine- 4 pages of info all about how her designs, her new Building Block Dress Book and living in Spain, all accompanied by beautiful photographs.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. We've all enjoyed spending some time together again and getting some fresh air. Thank you for your kind words following my last post, he's doing well.