Friday, 11 August 2017

A Collaboration with Rebecca Page - The Arabella Skirt

I once again had the pleasure of working with Rebecca Page to write the tutorial for the Arabella Skirt pattern!

My little one adores skirts, dresses and all things girly, so this tutorial was perfect for me!

This pattern is ideal for beginners, as it is really just sewing straight lines and gathering (unless you want to add the pockets, then you get to sew some curves!) 

All seams are finished with french seams, as is signature with Rebecca Page patterns, which gives a beautiful finish to the inside of your skirt as well. (You can of course finish with a serger/overlocker if you have one and prefer the fast sew method!)

There are three separate patterns: A ladies skirt (sizes XXS to 5XL), a childs skirt (sizes newborn to 12) and an 18" doll skirt pattern. Or you can purchase the bundle of all three.

Each pattern has several options:

                                ~ 4 lengths (above knee, knee, midi/ tea and maxi)
                                ~ 2 waistband heights (regular and tall)
                                ~ Optional in seam pockets
                                ~ Optional sash 

The skirt is very full (the perfect twirling skirt). The waistband has a flat front, which gives it a stylish look and an elasticised back, making it very comfortable.

I chose to make the knee length version for the tutorial, in a pretty girly fabric chosen by Miss K (I love letting her to choose her fabrics, her face when she sees the finished product is always full of so much adoration).

She loooves the pockets and couldn't keep her hands out of them while taking photos - I'm glad she loves them!

Let's talk about more about the finish you'll find in this pattern: 
  • Firstly, those French Seams - this skirt just looks so pretty on the inside too and if you're little one doesn't like the feeling of the the overlocked seams, this is perfect! You might be scared of doing French Seams on a curve if you haven't before, but the instructions have that covered and you might be surprised how easy it is to do!
  • All of the seams are fully enclosed, so the waistband has no overlocked seams rubbing against little ones bellies.
  • The optional top stitching - I love top stitching, I feel it gives the piece a finished look. The instructions include the top stitching, but you certainly don't need to do this step if you prefer not to.

A shorter version is a must very soon, I can just picture it styled with tights and boots and a sweet little cardigan over a long sleeve tee, but we're coming into warm weather here again, so I'll make a playful summery version first. I can't wait to make the maxi version either, but will wait til the cooler weather again next year for that one. 

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