I have been “stalking” Sew Liberated sewing patterns on Instagram for months, dreaming of this romantic Estuary skirt. I imagined it would look great on me, that I would wear it with tee shirts and tank tops in the summer, and oversized sweaters in the winter.
When I cut out a size 18, I expected some fit issues, but I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t know how it fit until it was completely sewn!
The front waistband is gently gathered from the side to center front, so you know right away how that will fit. The back waistband has soo much ease that it bunched up uncomfortably in the back and really gave this a Victorian skirt effect. That is not how the designer intended it!
So I had to unpick my elastic from the side seams, unpick the casing and cut down the center of the back ( pattern has option of center back seam or on the fold) took out 4 inches, sewed it up again, still too much bunching. Argggh! How is the fit off soo much? I am using a very soft lightweight linen.
The difference between the two is subtle, but the one on the bottom is with the bulk removed.
I could not find a single review that complained of this issue so it must be something I did when cutting out. There are very few pictures to be found of the back of this skirt, so maybe it is supposed to be this way? Well, it wasn’t going to work for me, so I unpicked the back AGAIN and took off 3 more inches.
I was about to contact Sew Liberated when I took another look at the pattern. I had cut a 20! Ugggggh! Well, I fixed it finally and I love it! It’s swishy, and soft, and makes me feel feminine. I paired it with my DG Patterns Genie top.
If you have sewn this pattern before, please leave a comment and let me know if you had any trouble with too much bulk in the back.