I was very fortunate this week to receive as a gift two new patterns from Paco Peralta. They are the Treky top and the Apron skirt. I don’t have any fabric in the stash for the Treky top and due to circumstances beyond my control, I have been rather house-bound for a few days and didn’t get out to go fabric shopping. However, I did have a length of fine checked wool so opted to make the apron skirt first.
You may already know of Paco and his designs – simple, elegant with exquisite cutting and finishing details. I’ve made quite a few of his patterns and I’m never disappointed. Just go to the Labels box on the right and click Paco for a sample of previous makes.
You’ve got to love Paco and his simple but elegant and classic designs and the very fact that he releases the patterns to the world at large and lets home sewers loose on them but let’s face it, his instructions are weak – actually non-existent. He does a brilliant job of showing construction details and tricks on his blog – http://uniquedesignerpatterns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/falda-apron-skirt.html but the rest is left up to you.
While I was making this I kept a photo journal and have written instruction sheets, so if you decide to purchase and make this skirt, then download the PDF here. If you want to see how I made the skirt just for the heck of it, download it anyway.
Paco has labelled this skirt as Very Easy: I don’t think I’d go that far – there are a few tricky bits – but on the whole it is straightforward.
My fabric has a fine check (plaid) and I would have liked to try cutting it on the bias but alas, not enough fabric.
I fell stitched the apron by hand so that I could keep control of the curved corners. I must say however, that the pattern pieces fit together flawlessly. See the curve at the top of the side panels? This is shaped so that it is cut on the bias, there is a slight stretch, and so fits perfectly around the hips – genius!
The back has four panels, invisible zipper and a centre split
The skirt is fully lined, which I also attached by hand. It is straight but not tight, quite conservative but with unique design, formal but just a little bit sexy. Happy girl with her well fitting skirt.
ADDITIONAL PICS: ADDED WHEN I HAD MAKE UP ON AND WITH BETTER LIGHTING
2 days after final construction.
Worn today with Draped Top from 3 Hours past.. (unfortunately no longer available but if you plague Stephanie, she might re-draft it – it is invaluable) made in a brown knit with chiffon edging, lace up boots and the high waist of the skirt emphasised with a hand made snake skin belt.
Go on, get it. You know you need a good workhorse of a skirt like this.
Disclaimer – not getting paid for this endorsement.