“A tale of love and loss.” I once owned a skirt. I believed it to be the perfect skirt and I wore it everywhere. I wore it for years – we were inseparable. It was my more favorite-est ever skirt. Then a couple of years ago I noticed it was looking a little thread-bare. The seams were starting to come away. It didn't help that despite my best intentions, I seemed to have ‘out-grown' it a little and it really didn't fit properly any more. I couldn't give it up though until one day after a particularly fine Sunday Brunch there was a rending sound as it/we tore apart for ever. It couldn't handle the stress of our relationship any more and we parted ways later that afternoon, never to see each other again. But I never could forget my best-est ever skirt…
That's why I chose to recreate it – and the On Safari Skirt pattern is released today. What would you call this style? I've seen it called a cargo skirt or safari skirt but I think I'll just call it the best skirt I've ever had. And now my best-est skirt ever can be yours too.
- Interesting details on the back with slanted yoke and panel
- Optional belt loops
- Lowered waist
- Front set-in pockets, the easy way
- Flattering fit
- Front zipper fly fastening
- Optional flat felled seams throughout with top stitching detail
- Just above knee-length as standard, shorten or lengthen as needed
- Sizes 34-50 inch hips
- Video tutorial
- Pattern rating – Intermediate
This skirt uses a few techniques you'll need to learn if you don't know them already:
- How to sew a flat felled seam (optional),
- How to sew a slanted seam and
- How to sew a fly front zipper
Watch me make one
Warning – I DO rabbit on far too much in this one so there are 2 videos. If you know how to sew this type of skirt and features already, you can skip the videos and just use the step by step photo instructions.
The pattern tester versions and comments
The lovely ladies deserve a round of applause for sewing away on this skirt over the Christmas and New Year holidays. We had a tight deadline but they all created great skirts which I'm proud to share with you.
Emma – At first I wasn't sure of the back yoke, I would expect the lowest point to be center back rather than the side seams. I wasn't sure if it would be flattering, but actually it looks great. I left off the belt loops so I could finish the waistband on the machine and reduce bulk. My fabric was stretch so I was able to go down a size, but it was easy to fit and alter during the making process by following your instructions.
Diane – Loved the look of this skirt – it was exactly like one I had owned before and that one was very flattering to my figure. (Diane did some very bold decorative top stitching around her pockets and on the belt loops.)
Louise – I really liked this pattern and will be making another one soon. I love the way you designed the pocket. Fitting the skirt before cutting for pocket. I am going to remember to have my students to do this on their projects. I did not do the belt loops because I don't wear belts and like to eliminate any extra bulk around my no shape mid-section. It is a stretch polka dot poplin. I did mock flat fell seams and used my coverstitch machine to top stitch. (Love the bold polka dot fabric Louise chose for this skirt!)
Judy at Stoney Sews – This is one of my favorite skirt styles. Thought it looked comfortable to wear and could see how it would work with a lot of different types of fabric. Could see myself making several in different types and weights of fabric. I used a midweight brushed denim. Am quite excited about this pattern. Deby, you've outdone yourself!
Theresa at The DIY Page – The idea of doing a fly front zipper scared me at first but it was easy, Deby's directions were very good. I've never done flat fell seams before but they really make the inside of the skirt neat and tidy.
I have a similar skirt in a print that I love and now I can make one just like it without having to copy the one I have.
Linda – I loved the skirt pattern when I first saw it. Reminds me of my favorite denim skirt that I wear a lot during the summer but better because this one I could adjust it to my size and body shape. I was very eager to try it. I love the top stitching and the back yoke as it makes the skirt looks very professional. A skirt that can easily be dress up or dress down depending on your mood. The waistband looked very comfortable as it is curved to adapt to your body.
Jemma – my skirt is made from a weird kind of lightweight stretch suiting which is probably not the best material to learn how to sew flat felled seams on as it frays like crazy and is next to impossible to press! It has floral pocket linings and inner waist band. I think this is a great pattern! It took a bit of sewing but it is definitely worth the effort.
Thank you ladies, I hope you all enjoy your skirts as much as I do.