Do you listen to The High Low Podcast? I really enjoy it. They mentioned that the mini skirt has topped a list of the most iconic female fashion items of the last 50 years. It goes without saying that my mind leapt to sewing patterns!
Dolly and Pandora suggested that not all women feel comfortable in a mini skirt. Personally, I love a short hem. Paired with thick tights and boots or Converse, they’re the perfect combination of cute and easy to wear. Of course, there’s short and there’s short!
All joking aside, if I was on the serious hunt for an interesting mini skirt pattern, I’d definitely go the vintage route. First of all, there are thousands of patterns out there. Second of all, they can be snapped up super cheap. Sewing pattern for £2? Just hit your local friendly online auction site.
But if you prefer contemporary mini skirt sewing patterns, here’s a run down of:
- Tried And Tested Patterns
- New Faces On The Block
- Recommended Fabrics
TRIED AND TESTED
Don’t just take my word for it. These two sewing patterns are beloved of the online sewing community, and for good reason. They really work! If I had to choose between the two, I might plump for the V1247 with those super-cute in-seam pockets. But both patterns have their charms and the tulip shape on the Simplicity 2451 pattern is a nice variation.
NOTE – the V1247 comes up really short, so you may choose to add a couple of inches.
If you have a collection of Burda sewing magazines, you’ll definitely have access to a mini skirt sewing pattern – see above. I sometimes feel that Burda gets overlooked in the rush to buy up the latest new release. Lots of Sewists swear by their piles of Burda back catalogue.
The skirt on the left also reminds us that mini doesn’t have to mean pencil. I love a flouncy little skater skirt. So flirty!
NEW FACES ON THE BLOCK
I’m currently cutting out the Ness Skirt, new release from Tilly And The Buttons. There must be something in the air, because Sew Over It has also released a mini skirt – the Ava Skirt. Have you bought either of these? I wasn’t sold on the Ness Skirt until I spotted Tilly wearing a version in this awesome canvas. The power of social media!
And talking of fabric…
Lightweight wool or wool suiting, fun canvas, quality denim. If you’re making a pencil skirt, I’d go for a fabric that can maintain the silhouette and shan’t crease easily. When I say quality denim – just take a look at the colour saturation on that black denim. I bought it from Ditto Fabrics, but I can’t see it listed now. Ditto is a great denim resource. Good denim is surprisingly hard to find!
The great news is that you can likely squeeze a mini skirt out of a metre of fabric – bargain.
Okay, I hope that inspired you as much as it’s inspired me. I’m off to make something to team with a pair of woolly tights…