I've had a request for a skirt with pockets, and something that doesn't need stretch fabrics, because I know some are still a little reluctant to sew with knits. So I'm happy to oblige this month with a practical a-line skirt pattern, including set-in pockets.
- Flattering a-line shape
- Easy to sew – no darts!
- Lowered waist
- Set-in pockets – the easy way
- At the top of the knee as standard, lengthen or shorten as needed.
- In sizes 34-50 inch hip
- Video tutorial
Great news – this pattern is easy. So long as you can sew a zipper, you can get a great result with this skirt.
As usual, there's a video as well as the step by step photo instruction and I'll give you all my tips on how to get a good result with the minimum of fuss, including:
- how to fit before adding the pockets (can save trouble later!)
- a new easier way to sew set-in pockets
- how to get a nice square edge at the top of your zipper and waistband with no trimming and poking
Pattern Rating – The pattern testers were split 50/50 on whether this should be a beginner or intermediate pattern. Take a look at the video and decide if this is for you.
Watch me sew the Show Some Flare a-line skirt pattern
The Pattern Testing Team show some flare!
Judy at Stoney Lonesome Sew Works – Really enjoyed this pattern. Very easy, clear instructions both in print and on the video. I thought of a lot of pattern hacks while sewing the skirt. [Judy will be showing us a tutorial soon about how to add a lining to this skirt to make it winter-warm for those of you in cold weather.]
Diya at the Hobby Harbor – The pockets are nice. This is good for beginners. But if you are an advanced beginner like me(I hope I really am). Then it is good to refresh your skirt making skills. I enjoyed making it. I added a simple bodice to mine to make an easy dress – worked great.
Theresa from the DIY Page – Easy skirt, very versatile. Love how the pockets came out. The video was great. I will be doing my pockets this way from now on!
Jane – I was very excited to sew this skirt. I love the look of an A-line skirt. This skirt was very different. I hadn't seen this type of pocket before. I thought it looked very cute. I liked that there were only a few basic pattern pieces to work with. The skirt seemed like it was going to be fun and easy to sew. (and it was!) I will admit, I really dislike putting in waistbands. They make me nervous. I just have a really tough time with them. This pattern was easy to follow and the waistband went in with a minimum of stress and trouble for me.
I think showing a version of the skirt with the pockets a contrasting color to the skirt would be nice. It would be so cute with another color peeking out of the skirt. Of course, I thought of this AFTER I had already sewn up my sample skirt. I really enjoyed the pockets on this skirt. I love the look as well. I think this skirt could easily become a staple pattern in a wardrobe.
Emma – Very simple and straightforward – elegant and timeless. Will work as casual or smart. Pattern went together easily – as usual. [Emma teamed her skirt with the Give Me A Shrug top for work.]
Becky – Very cute. Love the pockets. I think the pattern instructions were very clear. I went back and forth between the PDF instructions and the video.
Linda – I love skirt for summer! or to wear to the office with a blazer or cardigan. I think they are very versatile. I love the A-line skirt I think it's the most flattering one to most body shape. I was not sure about the pockets as they usually don't sit right. I usually don't make them but I was very surprised how these one stay in place and don't add any puckers to the skirt. I love the way the waistband is made so it gives you a chance to adjust your skirt even after the waistband is on if you are not sure about your size or shape. For my body shape because of sway back, a low waistband is usually not a good fit but I was willing to try it and I was able to adjust it very easily to make it fit very well.
Thanks for the nice pattern. That will be a pattern that I go to very often as it can be made with so many type of fabric.
Robin at The Pattern Tester – I like the style of the skirt, and the addition of the pockets. It's a flattering skirt, and makes for a great staple piece for anyone's wardrobe. I wanted the pockets to be noticed more, so I used a contrasting colour so they are more noticeable. The instructions are very straight forward, and the video is very helpful.
Diane C at Two Chicklets Sew Shop – This is such a cute skirt with unique pockets! I haven't made this type of pocket before now. It was so easy to do and ended up nice and neat. I love my new skirt!
Jemma – I really like the pattern. Pretty and simple. The pockets are a great addition.
Thank you ladies – your skirts look fabulous.