A Leopard Anemone

Here’s something I need in my wardrobe – more skirts! I saw the Anemone skirt from Deer + Doe and thought it would be an excellent opportunity to try out a Deer + Doe pattern as well as sew a new skirt.

anemone skirt by deer and doe

I made a few notes as I sewed so I’m noting them here, in case you make this skirt too!

I traced the pattern as it’s printed on thick white paper. Normally I cut right into my patterns, but I had some Pattern Ease tracing material (it’s sort of a cross between fabric and paper, like the non-woven type of fusible interfacing) left over from the bra making course and thought I’d treat this pattern carefully.

Note: there are no sizes labeled on the pattern pieces. So you have to count how far up the size chart you are – I chose 38 waist and 40 hip – and count up from the smallest.

anemone skirt layout to save fabric

I could cut size 40 out of less than a metre of fabric. (Excellent for using expensive fabrics!) For the lining I only needed 0.7 metres. I’m noting this here so I remember for next time, as I would love to make more of these skirts.

I finished all seam allowances as the fabric was very prone to fraying. If I’d read the instructions thoroughly before starting I might not have, as the lining encloses the raw edges of the skirt, but I’m still glad I did.

The fabric I used is a synthetic leopard print. It has a nice dry feel to it, not slippery at all, with just a little bit of a crinkled surface texture. (From Fabricana Coquitlam, bought this Spring.)

anemone skirt by deer and doe animal print

Fits very well! Look at that super high waistline. I didn’t make a muslin. I did sew the entire body of the skirt first, before cutting the lining, so I could check the fit. Once I knew I was happy with the fit, then I cut the lining pieces, constructed the lining, and attached it to the skirt.

I see what Anna from paunnet meant about the length being too short on the short version and too long on the long. It doesn’t look short when you’re making it, but because it sits so high on the waist – nearly 6” above the bellybutton – it’s quite a short skirt. There’s a lot of above-knee exposed. (Not a bad thing, just something to consider when planning your project.) This makes it great in cool weather with tights, but perhaps a little short for bare legs, for my preference anyways. Then again, the skirt design is so cute as it is. Would it be just as cute if it were 3” longer?

anemone skirt by deer and doe animal print 3

Would you look at that, the leopard print matches across the centre back zipper. I swear I didn’t plan that, it just happened. The middle seam in the photo below is the zipper seam.

leopard print matches across the invisible zipper

I considered adding twill tape or stay tape to the top edge, like the Crescent Skirt. So I did!

twill tape around waistline to stabilize

I zigzagged it on so it would be secured on both edges and trimmed close to the edge of the twill tape. It’s easy to trim when there’s a guide like this.

trim close to twill tape along waist seam allowance

Since the waistline is so high, hitting at the ribcage rather than the natural waist, this wasn’t totally necessary. Overall it does create a nice strong edge, but it’s less important when the waistline hits above or below the actual waist, I think.

I sewed the lining to the zipper first, like the way the Cambie Dress lining is inserted, which worked all right but not perfectly. If you do this, you’ll need to trim the lining or overlap it more over the zipper so it matches the top edge. I have a little tuck to make it fit, it’s not perfect, but it saved time instead of handsewing the lining around the zipper.

I didn’t have black lining on hand, so I used this forest green. It’s leftover from my Autumn Cambie Dress, and I like it even though no one will see it.

leopard print anemone skirt with forest green lining

For the hem, I decided to hem the skirt first, then sew the lining to the skirt hem. I didn’t want them to separate like this corduroy dress, which worked well at first but changed as the garment was worn. Hemming the skirt first gives you a chance to re-press the lining to match the hemmed garment, in case it’s shifted. I hemmed the lining to the skirt hem, normally I would prefer to keep the layers free but I thought I’d keep to the original directions. A 5/8” (1.5cm) hem isn’t very deep, which means the lining can only be a little bit shorter than the garment, which means it’s more likely to show. I can see why the instructions are written this way.

anemone skirt by deer and doe animal print 2

This would be a good skirt for wearing with a bodysuit. I’ve been looking at lingerie patterns (a lot) and think, would I wear a bodysuit? It would be great with a high-waisted skirt as it keeps everything smooth, your ‘shirt’ never comes untucked and there’s no bunching around the waistline.  After making this skirt I want to make a black bodysuit to masquerade as a shirt!

anemone skirt by deer and doe animal print with top tucked in

I tried tucking in the sweater, but it was kind of lumpy. And a bit extreme. Although this wasn’t the best top to do this with! A thin silk blouse would be better.

anemone skirt by deer and doe animal print with top tucked in 2

I think I prefer a top that ends at the natural waist, just below the top of the skirt’s waistline. I’ll try it with a few different tops and see. I also think a lighter top might look better than black on top with black tights.

anemone skirt by deer and doe animal print 4

You can tell this skirt was designed by someone with a curvy body. The zipper is long enough to undo even over a large rear end! That’s the biggest frustration with purchased skirts. If I were to alter the waist to fit, or buy a full skirt in a small size to fit my waist, the zipper is still too short to undo the garment properly and pull it over my hips.

Back view:

anemone skirt by deer and doe animal print back view

Flat view:

leopard print anemone skirt with peplum

Basically, this skirt pattern checks all my boxes and it’s very flattering. And easy to sew. It’s a little tricky to style, I thought it would be easy but tops really do need to hit at the right part of the waistline. I’m thinking it would look better with a light-coloured top rather than black tights and a black top.

Looks great with a bright blue Robson trench coat, too!

anemone skirt by deer and doe animal print with robson trench coat

Ps. Canada Geese! They were lounging at the side of the road when I stopped to take these photos.

canada geese on the road

Here’s how close they were – look to the right of the car.

canada geese

Have you made the Anemone skirt? How would you style it: with tucked-in blouses, waist length tops, a bodysuit?

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32 Responses to A Leopard Anemone

  1. Daphne June 23, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    Lovely skirt! Wonder if I’m brave enough to wear such a high waist, but it looks lovely on you! You could wear with the Nettie Body Suit by Closet Case Files, it’s such a great versatile pattern

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      Thank you! It’s a fun look, give it a try! (You could always cut the waist down to the natural waistline if you didn’t like the look.) Thanks for the Nettie suggestion, it’s a cute and easy option!

  2. Lauren June 23, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    This is SUPER cute (and flattering!) on you! I love it with the tucked in shirt – very va-va-voom :)

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Thank you! :)

  3. Kelly June 23, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    Looks great! I find skirts with waists this high very hard to wear with tucked in tops, but a bodysuit might be the answer!

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      I agree, I thought the tucking-in would be the easiest and best-looking option but it feels rather extreme. Perhaps a belt would help. Or a bodysuit. It’s a shame to cover up the nice waistline. More experimentation to come!

  4. Nakisha June 23, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    This is really cute on you! Makes your waist look T-I-N-Y!

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      Thank you! It certainly does :)

  5. Angela Wicentowich June 23, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    It looks great on you! Have you seen the Nettie bodysuit? Might be an option for you – I’ve heard and seen nothing but good things about it.

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      I have seen it! Thanks for reminding me. That would be perfect with a skirt like this. I especially like the lower cut legs to cover the bum – and snap crotch for practicality! (Though I remember wearing a bodysuit to a grade seven dance and being weirded out by the snap crotch – terrified it would unsnap during the dance! A 12-year old’s worst nightmare :) )

  6. mjb June 23, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    I think a bodysuit would look great with this! Black tops with black tights and colorful skirts are like my uniform in the winter :)

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      I live in black tights in the winter too! I’ll have to try out a bodysuit with this one. I just don’t want to look like I”m wearing a onesie underneath! :)

  7. Reyna June 23, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I think this is cute! The length of course is different for everyone, I wish it was a few inches shorter! lol. I’ve made so many high-waisted skirts and I wear them with crop tops in the summer which only exposes 1/2″ of tummy when you move a lot or stretch. It’s super cute I think. Also, I like the thought of tucking in a top, but it has to be smooth. The way you did it looked cute, but maybe add a wider belt because the waistband is very wide. I love bodysuits! Definitely make one or just buy one somewhere.

    Oh and if you make this out of a flowy, thin fabric that wicks water you could wear this over a bathing suit on your way to the lake or beach :)

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      I love the idea of a cute little high-waisted skirt and a bathing suit! Super cute. I think this skirt would be cute with a crop top, you’re right that very little skin would actually show. Plus the ribcage area is generally flatter than a midsection, so you don’t have to suck it in all the time. :) Thanks for the ideas!

  8. Emmely June 23, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    It looks great on you! I was tempted when I first saw the pattern but wondered how well it would work on a pear shape. Very well indeed!

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      Thank you! It does exaggerate the difference between waist and hips, making waists look super small and hips look curvier.. so you have to be OK with that! I did think it would be easier to wear and style. If you cover up the waist then everything looks wider, so the right top is key. (And this black sweater isn’t really it..) But the pattern itself is straightforward and nice to use.

  9. colleen June 23, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    This looks adorable on you!!!! I love it with your bright Robson!

  10. Sewbussted June 23, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Super cute!

  11. Jenny June 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    This is so cute Tasia! I wasn’t terribly excited about this when it was released, but after recent success with A-line shapes, I think I should definitely give this a go! Not to mention that the high waist is super flattering (and comfy too, IMO)

    And can I also say how refreshing it is to see you sewing up patterns from other companies?! Just goes to show how supportive & awesome this lil community is :)

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

      It is comfy! If you like A-line shapes, this is a nice easy pattern to sew, and the peplum detail is simple but adds a little something extra.
      I love trying out other sewing patterns! If I had more time, I’d sew more patterns from other companies. There are so many great designs out there and so little time!

      • Jenny June 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

        I know!! I have the same problem without having my own pattern line to sew for :)

  12. Lieke // A Bouquet of Buttons June 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    I looks amazing! I love this pattern. It’s one of the patterns that waiting be used! I actually love the shortness. Most of the patterns are too long for me. But since I’m pretty long, it isn’t a problem. When I look at the picture I’m like, way to long to be pretty, but when I make it’s just perfect since I’m almost 10 cm longer then the size where most pattern are drafted for. *yay*

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

      And I’m the opposite – everything is too long on me! :) This skirt would be lovely on a tall figure.

  13. Joanne VanSickle June 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    Beautiful skirt! Would a 38 in Deer and Do patterns be the same as an 8 in Sewaholic patterns? I find the sizing a bit intimidating.

    • Tasia June 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

      Go by the measurements, that’s how I determined which size to choose! http://boutique.deer-and-doe.fr/5–sizing.html
      I wear a 4 in Sewaholic Patterns, which is a 26 waist 38 hip – Deer and Doe has 26.75″ for their 38 waist and 38.5″ for the 40 hip, that was where I started. Hope this helps – whenever I’m using a new brand of pattern I look for the body measurements, and finished measurements if available!

  14. Laura June 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    This is so cute! Looks great with the Robson trench too.

  15. francesca June 24, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    Cute, but like you say, super short – much nicer and more flattering with the slightly longer black top outside. I have this pattern, but quite honestly your saga has put me off it. Unless i make it without the peplum thingy and in the longer length. I think a tight tucked in top with this and black tights is maybe a date look – and not a first date;)…

  16. Fabric Tragic June 24, 2014 at 2:29 am #

    It’s very cute on you, and i love the animal print! I say definitely yes to trying the Nettie bodysuit with it – I’ve just made one and it is great with high waisted skirts (it’s not a good look on me otherwise!).

  17. Elisabeth June 24, 2014 at 4:01 am #

    Lovely skirt! It looks really good on you.
    Makes me want one, although I find it hard to style almost any skirt, mainly because I’m short.

  18. Emma June 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Your version looks fantastic, love the fabric. I have made this skirt twice, both times I lowered the waist height and added belt tabs. I love them both and they get lots of wear with tops tucked in.. You can see my first version here:



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