Wednesday, November 18, 2015

{Sybil Skirt} by Love Notions + a tutorial

Hello there! If this is the first time that you have stopped by my blog, welcome! I am so over the moon excited to share with you today about Love Notions new release, the Sybil Skirt (affiliate link). SOOOO much work went into this pattern, and I know that it was a labor of love for Tami.


The extra time and energy that went into the testing of this really shows, in my opinon. As usual, there are many, many options included in this pattern. Available in both midi and knee length the  styles that are included in the pattern are:
  • Pencil
  • A-Line
  • Drop Yoke
  • Asymmetrical Wrap
  • Gored
  • Swing
  • Box-Pleated
Available in sizes XS-XXXL, the other options included are pockets, and my FAVORITE option...the CONTROL TOP!!!! Being a plus size mama, I definitely can use a little "control" every now and then....more often then not I am sure. I chose to test the pencil skirt, much to my own surprise, it just really spoke to me. I know that I have said it a few times recently, but I am really enjoying stepping out of my comfort zone a bit more when it comes to my clothes.




Art Gallery so graciously sponsored the Sybil Skirt, and I decided to use the Morse Dot Knit in Sun designed by Katrina Roccella. Mustards are so trendy this year, and I have really enjoyed wearing the color. You can find more inspiration for Art Gallery Fabrics HERE. The quality of Art Gallery knits are like none other...so buttery soft and extremely comfortable to wear. As I was planning my skirt out, I did start to wonder if I needed a slip to wear underneath. The knits are not thin by any means, however, they don't have the thickness of a Ponte either. That is when I had the idea to just extend the control top from the skirt, down about 3/4 of the length of the skirt. This was THE perfect combo!!!




Because a pencil skirt is meant to hug your curves, it widens at the hips and then tapers in a tad at the bottom. As we create the...let's call it the "control slip", we are going to mimic these curves. Start by taking your control top pattern piece, and we will use it to create a new pattern piece. I like to use freezer paper for tracing patterns, but feel free to use whatever you are comfortable with. Place it on your paper and trace the top and sides, leaving the bottom open. Take you pattern piece away now, and we are going to freehand the rest...don't worry, you can do it!





See how I mimicked the curve of the actual skirt piece?!? Easy peasy! Now you can cut it out of your control fabric of choice, and sew it up as instructed. This control slip will now work with any of the styles the Sybil Skirt has to offer. I really loved how I felt while wearing it...definitely controlled and toned. It was very smoothing as well, which is a HUGE plus for a woman of any size. I used a dancewear spandex from Joann's that worked great for me! Tami also wrote up a whole post about her endeavors in control fabric, and you can find that HERE!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you for stopping by!

{Courtney}

5 comments:

  1. Look fantastic and I love your colour choices!

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  2. What a fun color! You look very put together, but it looks like it would also be comfortable enough to wear all day. I love the slip idea too! One of my biggest pet peeves is when I see ladies wearing jersey knit skirts with no slip. It looks so much nicer when it is smooth. Nice upgrade!

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    1. Thank you so much. I am sure that I have been one of those people at one point in my life! ;) My mother use to nag me to put a slip on and I just despised them. Now that I am older and wiser, I totally understand the importance. Plus, having it built in makes it much more comfortable and properly fitting.

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  3. I've been trying so hard to hold back on buying this pattern, but well, now I just have to! I'm so glad to have found your blog! ;)

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    1. Yay! Thank you so much for stopping by :)

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