Sew Your Basics: Prints

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This was a quick last minute make to fit in with Sea of Teal’s sew your basics theme of prints for the month of June.  Originally I had wanted to make something grander but I have been so busy this month making face coverings for family, friends and local businesses that I suddenly realised I was running out of time.

I bought the leopard print fabric at a craft fair last July with a button up skirt in mind.  Leopard prints seemed to be all the rage last summer and although perhaps not as much this year they are a perennial favourite. At the time I was unsure what the fabric type was but from my last project I now know that it is a double gauze with its typical crinkle look appearance and two layer construction.  It is actually a good weight for a skirt as although lightweight it is quite opaque and so an underskirt is not entirely necessary.

The pattern I have used is from Patrones magazine 408 (April 2020).

patrones skirt

There are only three main pieces to the skirt – front, back, waistband – and so is very quick to sew up with 4 darts, side seams and front band self facings.  Then attach the waistband, hem, buttonholes and buttons.  The instructions are in Spanish and you could do a translation but for an easy skirt like this it is not really necessary. The pattern does have patch pockets on the front and I  do like this feature a lot. I actually did cut out and make up the pockets but once basted on the skirt they were just ‘camouflaged’ plus I did wonder if it would give people headaches seeing a clashing piece of leopard print on top of another so in the end I left them off. However if I were to make this skirt in a plain fabric I would definitely include them.

The pattern requirements suggest five 28 mm buttons and although I really love the drama of the large fastenings I was worried the spacing between the buttons might cause gaping especially when sitting  down.  Instead I have used six 20 cm buttons.  I felt black or wooden buttons would work well but in the end decided to use dark tan ones as I wanted to add more pop to the skirt.

I am new to Patrones patterns but I absolutely adore their designs.  I thought being European the sizes would correspond to Burdastyle but beware as when I double checked they are different.  I usually sew a Burda size 38 (which is roughly a UK size 12) but in Patrones the same sizing is a 40.  Also the Patrones sizing is more ‘hourglass’.  So when bust and hip measurement correspond to Burda the waist sizing is smaller meaning if you choose Patrones by hip size you may need to make the waist larger.

Overall I feel this will be a good basic skirt because of its neutral colour scheme.  It will look good in summer worn either with a black t-shirt and sandals or a cream t-shirt and plimsolls but it could also work into autumn/winter with a black polo neck jumper or loose fitting beige jumper with either ankle or knee high boots.  I will say the one thing I really enjoyed about this project was the relief of sewing long lines again after all the small seams on those pesky masks!


4 thoughts on “Sew Your Basics: Prints

  1. Stefanie T.

    Hi Jane,
    your skirt is a perfect wardrobe basic, just what I had imagined. The leopard print of your fabric is lovely. Thank you for joining my sewing challenge even last minute! You nailed the theme with this skirt! I always plan on making so many pieces in one month and end up with two or three, which is okay. Sometimes life gets in the way. 🙂
    Greetings from Germany!


    1. Thanks Stefanie. I’m amazed you manage two or three garments a month. Your challenges are helping to motivate me and use up my stash of fabrics. 🙂


  2. Love your skirt. How lucky you were to find the leopard print in a double gauze! The softness and drape of the gauze is perfect for a summer skirt. I have made a few Patrones patterns and like you, found the drafting to be for a different body shape than Burda. Though worth the effort of making a muslin, because of the unique and interesting styles.


    1. Hello Audrey, I’m new to double gauze but have enjoyed working with it and it is so comfortable to wear. I really like the Patrones patterns and it’s nice to hear from someone else who has worked with them. I think the styles are a bit more classic than Burda but I will be aware of their sizing in future.


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