Last week I received an opportunity from Lena Merrin from The Sewing Space to test her brand new Lily Skirt pattern and I jumped at the chance as soon as I saw the pattern. I’m so glad I was lucky enough to be one of the first 10 to get in early and have the opportunity to test this pattern.
Introducing my Lily skirt and what a pretty skirt she is!
I have t admit I just love this skirt pattern and think Lily is a great addition to my wardrobe.
Lena requested that once the pattern is test if I could share a review in any format and share freely about the pattern.
So here’s my open and honest review of Lena’s Lily skirt pattern
A romantic six-gore trumpet skirt, self lined, with an invisible zip in the side seam. Waist edge is 4 cm (1 ⅝”) below the natural waistline. The finished skirt length is 60 cm (23 ⅝”).
“Lily is designed in a way that prevents it from a full lift up on a windy day, so now you don’t need to worry about the weather forecast. All the joys of wearing chiffon and no downsides! :)” Lena Merin
Here’s a great little video clip so as you can see Lily in action
Lilly is designed for very light sheer fabrics, such as silk chiffon or similar.
I used is a semi-sheer lightweight slightly crinkled crepe that I got for just $5 a metre from the Crazy Fabric Lady via Facebook right here in Australia. I did promise Michelle who I’d let her know when I made something using the fabric so I best do that as I’m sure she’d love to see Lily too.
Did I make any alterations to the pattern?
The pattern is a downloadable PDF skirt pattern so I printed it out and made my usual adjustments to fit my curves. The pattern goes up to a size 18 and I generally need a larger size for most patterns.
For this pattern I used the slash & spread method to make my alterations which was really easy to do. I worked out how much extra I need to allow for and divided that in 1/2 and allocated 1/2 to the front and 1/2 to the back. The Centre Front & Centre Back pieces are a almost twice the size as the front and back side pieces so I added 1″ to the Centre & Back and 1/2″ to each of the side pieces. Using this method I didn’t then change or alter the style of the pattern and it provided me with an overall extra 4″ around the waist. I did end up taking in a little (about 1/4″ on each seam) as there was amble ease allowed for in the pattern.
Did my Lily look like the picture on the pattern once I finished sewing it?
It definitely did once I had made the top (outer) layer of the skirt it made up to be exactly like the picture. But once I had made the outer layer of the skirt and tried it on and saw just how pretty Lily was I decided I wanted to add another layer and some extra length because I just loved the trumpet effect and thought it would be a great little extra touch. Besides I had heaps of the fabric and loved it and still have enough left to make something else as well.
To do the double layer all I did was cut two skirt patterns instead of 1 skirt and 1 lining and then added 5″ to the hip line on the 2nd skirt to use as my lining. I didn’t end up using the facing pieces as my 2nd skirt was became my facing and lining all in one.
Here’s what the 2nd skirt pattern looked like once I added the 5″ at the hip line
Were the instructions easy to follow
They definitely were as there’s not much to making this skirt. The instructions are very brief as there’s really not that much to making this skirt. In the pattern Lena includes a link to a blog post on how to add the invisible zipper which I also followed along with. There are two options included and I chose the second option as there was no hand sewing involved.
Here’s the outcome of my invisible zipper application
Would I make this skirt again and would I recommend it?
I sure will and I sure would! I love this skirt and love the trumpet shape and the fact that it’s perfect for lightweight and sheer fabrics makes it perfect for the climate I live in and it’s so quick and easy to make. I would definitely recommend this pattern to my best friend without hesitation. I think the pictures of Lily say far more than what I can tell you about her so I’ll share a few more with you as well.
What do you think of Lily?
Do you think she’s a great looking skirt as well or am I just bias because I made her and she makes me feel pretty?
Lily’s hem is finished using the rolled hem technique and this was the first time I used the rolled hem feature on my new Babylock Evolution and it was so easy to do it’s perfect for Lily and lightweight fabric.
Here’s a picture of Lily from behind.
And here’s one last look at Lily and you can see just how pretty this 6 gore trumpet skirt really is
If you’d like to get yourself a copy of Lena’s Lilly Skirt pattern you will find it here
I hope you like Lily as much as I do and I’d love to know what you think of her too 🙂