Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Finished Project: SBCC 320 - Julep Skirt (and another Tonic Tee)

After the fiddliness (is that a word) of my StyleArc Amber top, I needed an easy project to get my sewjo flowing again. Around this time last week, we were hit with a wave of warm weather (80 degrees is a heat wave in Seattle terms), and I realized that I had a serious lack of summery skirts in my wardrobe. I also felt like I was just about the only woman on my tech company's campus NOT wearing a dress or skirt with a hi-lo hem during those couple of sunny days. I've also been so enamored with my various versions of the SBCC Tonic Tee that I'd really been wanting to try a few other SBCC patterns.

I decided to kill two birds with one stone and sew up an easy skirt with a hi-lo hem. Enter the SBCC Julep skirt:

SBCC Julep Skirt line drawing
Now, I know that there are Big 4 versions of this skirt out there that I could have picked up at a $0.99 or $1.99 sale, but given the shape of the skirt, I was more than happy to pay a few more dollars to not have to worry about where I'd need to shorten the skirt for my 5'2" frame. I also made a coordinating Tonic Tee to go with my new skirt:

Julep skirt + Tonic tee
I hadn't seen any photos of this skirt on a "real" person yet, so if you're having trouble telling where the skirt hits, the front of the skirt hem hits me just below the knee, and the back of the skirt hem hits at about mid-to-upper-mid-calf.

Hello swayback! I really need to add a CB seam to the Tonic Tee pattern.
The skirt does have a center back (CB) seam, which isn't reflected in the line drawing. The CB seam adds some shaping and also gives the skirt a little "kick" at the bottom back hem, which you can't really see in my busy print.

Both the skirt and tee fabric are ITY knits from a recent FabricMart sale. The skirt was super easy to make (I think it took me around an hour, two hours if you count PDF assembly and fabric cutting time).

I'll note a few things about the skirt construction and sizing:
  • According to the SBCC size chart, I'm a 2X, so that's what I sewed with no adjustments.
  • Sizing is true to size chart measurements through the hips.
  • As you can see from the line drawing, the skirt uses a yoga pant-style fabric waistband with no elastic. I felt like the waist ran a little large. I rarely size down for a waistband, but for this skirt, I'd grade down to a 1X the next time that I make this skirt.
  • As noted in the pattern, you'll ease the waistband onto the skirt. The skirt waistband has a side seam and notches for the CB and center front (CF). Since the skirt itself has a CB seam, you can line the waistband notch up with that. The CF lacks any marking or notch, so make sure that you mark that point in some way (I cut a tiny snip into my seam allowance) while the fabric is still on the fold.
  • The skirt waistband piece is marked to lay out and cut on the fold, but does not indicate the direction of stretch. If you've got your fabric folded selvedge-to-selvedge, that would put the stretch for the waistband running vertically. Given that my fabric didn't have much vertical stretch, I laid out the waistband on my fabric so that the fold was perpendicular to the selvedge, making the stretch go around my body. (Maybe this is why my waistband seemed a little big?)
The finished skirt is super comfortable (yoga pants comfortable, with that waistband) and very on-trend at the moment. I will definitely be making a few more of these for the summer--probably when I am in need of another instant gratification project.

16 comments:

  1. I like the skirt and the top--the colors are beautiful. It looks comfy too.

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  2. What a great looking outfit! And comfy too? Sign me up!
    I just want to say that I only recently found your blog and I'm reading it all. I love the stuff you sew and post and your pattern choices have been inspirational to me. Because of you I have downloaded SBCC's Tonic Tshirt pattern and it's on the cutting table right now. I also had plans to buy the maxi skirt pattern next payday (material for it was this payday) and now I"m thinking I want this pattern too!
    Thanks for a great blog.

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    1. Aw, thanks! A big part of the reason I re-started this blog was to give a little attention to some of the lesser-known patterns/pattern companies and, for better or for worse, show what they look like on a curvy figure. I hadn't seen much of that out in the blogosphere. (Since then, the Curvy Collective has emerged, and I love what they're doing. The more, the merrier, right?)

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    2. So true! And you're part of MY curvy collective in my reader! Yep, I totally stole the idea from those awesome ladies and made my own interpretation. LOL

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  3. A lovely outfit. That skirt is gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks! I'm actually wearing it again right now.

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  4. I love LOVE that skirt! Great print! I'm really not into that whole mullet hem thing. Did you make make no alterations at all for length on the skirt? I'm trying to get a sense of how long it would be on me.

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    1. I wasn't into the mullet hem thing either, but I've been seeing them EVERYWHERE the past few months, and it's sort of grown on me. My prom dress had a mullet hem, as did many prom dresses that year, since I think many teenage girls wanted to look like Stephanie Seymour in the "November Rain" video.

      I made no alterations to the skirt whatsoever, length or otherwise.

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  5. My HP Blouse Back T came in today!!!! How 'bout you?

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    1. Mine came yesterday, too! Woo-hoo!

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  6. I'm planning to make up the HP and a Mimosa (SBCC) this weekend. My HP will be for my mother, and then I'll sew along mine. That's the plan. We'll see how this goes.

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    1. I look forward to seeing how everything turns out! I'm going to try to get started on the new HP this weekend, but my main priority is sewing a set of penguin-print summer PJ's for Eva. She threw a fit and insisted on wearing her flannel penguin PJ's the other night, even though it was 72 degrees in the house. (And when Eva's too warm, she doesn't sleep, and when Eva doesn't sleep, the rest of us don't sleep.)

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  7. Hi! I often see your comments/articles in Curvy Collection, which I love. I made the Julep skirt yesterday and it's just as simple and quick as you say. Wish I'd read your review first though as waistband came out much too big and I'd also made a pattern alteration to increase waist size by 2" as my waist was that much larger than the pattern size I chose. Going to make another one and not make these alterations this time! Any ideas how I can rescue the skirt I made already to reduce waistband size, without taking the whole thing off? Thanks, Linda

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  8. PS Did you press waistband seam up or down???

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