My youngest is graduating from college this weekend (YAY!!!!), so I wanted to make something to wear. I thought a skirt and top combo would be nice, so I pulled Style Arc's Sorrento Pattern out of my stash and got going.
Per Style Arc, "On trend mid length skirt featuring asymmetrical flounces and an elastic waist. The "A" line shape falls beautifully into a double angled flounce."
My additions: pull on skirt with two flounces and elasticized waistband.
The fabric for the skirt is a silk/cotton voile from very deep stash. It's at least 6 years old, so sorry - it's not available for sale.
The underlining is Wide Calamo Silk Habotai Lining - Natural White. That one is available.
I used 1 1/4 inch wide elastic at the waistband, and thread.
There are 4 pattern pieces: Skirt body, waistband, upper flounce, and lower flounce. Because my fabric is semi-sheer, I underlined the skirt body with silk habotai. I basted the underlining to the outer fabric with cotton basting thread at about 3 inch intervals so the fabric wouldn't shift while I was working with it.
I sewed the two main skirt pieces together at the side seams, using a straight stitch on my Juki DDL-8700, and serged the raw edges together, then pressed them toward the back.
The directions have you hem (or as they say, "neaten") the flounces prior to attaching them. I used Ban Roll to do narrow hems on the flounces. To do this, I start by sewing the Ban Roll strip to the right side of the flounce. Once it's sewn, I remove the cross-threads, leaving the vertical threads as a guide for pressing and turning.
I press the Ban Roll flat, then I turn it to the wrong side using the Ban Roll "teeth" as a guide, and press. This gives me a nice clean doubled hem.
Stitch close to the fold, then remove the Ban Roll and press. Voila! A nice, clean narrow hem.
Once the hems were done, I basted the flounces together and attached them to the main skirt using a straight stitch. I then serged the raw edges and pressed.
Finally, I sewed the waistband. The band as drafted was a little shorter than I wanted, so I added one inch of length. It still eased onto the skirt without a problem, and gave me a little more comfort for pulling the skirt on. I attached the waistband, gave it a final press and ta daa! Here's a picture of the finished front. The back looks the same.
And here are a couple of detail shots of the inside of the skirt and the flounces.
This is a very easy pattern that I made slightly more complicated with my choice of fabric/underlining. It goes together easily and fits me well (I made a size 10). I can easily see this in a rayon challis for a day to day look or a four-ply silk crepe for dressier occasions. I like it very much, and the swingy flounces are fun. I'll wear it to DS the Younger's dinner tomorrow night and hopefully get a picture of me in it. I would do it again (probably in a rayon challis), and I recommend it for all skill levels.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend, if you're in the US, and a great weekend wherever you may be. I'm out until Tuesday, but I'll be posting on IG from the graduation, so check there for early pics.