There was a lot of hype to this pattern and rightly so. I never normally make tight fitting, or even hip-skimming garments. I feel much more at home in a 50s flared skirt, however I just love this style and I wanted to give it a go after seeing some incredible versions on Instagram.
I bought some fabric from Rainbow Fabrics which was only £5 per metre so a great way of testing if I liked the pattern. I did buy another fabric initially but it was too narrow so definitely advise checking that as you really do need 150cm width to cut on the bias.
I followed the pattern exactly – the only adjustment I made was shortening the straps slightly to fit. As for the sizing, I went for the second size up but graded out two sizes at the hips. I ended up though having a baggy back and waist so once I had sewn the wrong sides together, before finishing the French seams, I did a fitting and pinned it to fit minus a bit of seam allowance. This is how I was able to get a closer fit and make sure it skimmed by body which is quite hourglass. I think I’d do this again as I can see that different fabrics might behave differently and this is a great way of ensuring a good fit.
I’m such a fan of this pattern and I can’t wait to style it for Autumn/ Winter as well. I’m dreaming up a Liberty Satin version and waiting for a Liberty sale to make it a reality.