Presenting the next pattern… the Crescent Skirt!

I’m thrilled to introduce the next pattern from Sewaholic Patterns: the Crescent Skirt! It’s a fantastic gathered skirt, that’s both flattering to wear and easy to sew!

Here’s the envelope front:

And here’s the finished skirt! This is View B, the fully gathered skirt in the shorter length, with optional trim added along the yoke seamlines.

It’s fitted around the waist, and flares out at the hip. This reduces the bulk around the waist and high hip area, allowing you to wear fitted tops or sweaters over the waistband, or tuck in your blouses. In these photos I’ve tucked in my blouse so you can see the waist detailing.

Fabric is a cotton print from Spool of Thread. And there are pockets! They’re easy to sew, roomy and comfortable. Plus, everything you put in the pockets is hidden by the gathers! No bulky outlines revealing the contents of your pockets.

The skirt closes with a centre back zipper, that’s inserted with a very cool method! I may have invented it, as I’ve never seen it done before. Best part? There’s no hand-stitching required!

The zipper is longer than usual (9″) which makes the skirt easy to get on and off. Have you ever tried to squeeze into a skirt with a too-short zipper? It needs to go down farther on us pear-shapes, so we can get it over our hips comfortably.

My favourite part about this skirt? It’s super comfortable. I can’t wait for it to get warmer, I have a feeling this will become a staple item in my summer wardrobe.

Another great thing about this skirt? You can make it in cotton! This pattern looks best when made from cottons, linens or similar fabrics. The fabric I’ve used for this sample is a quilting-weight cotton print. Easy to cut, easy to sew, easy to press.

One last thing! You may be wondering where the name Crescent comes from. It’s named after Crescent Beach, an area of South Surrey/White Rock about 45 minutes out of Vancouver. There’s a lovely beach I remember going to as a little girl, and lots of fancy homes. It’s a great area to go running and check out beautiful houses on the way to the beach and trails.

Here’s a photo taken near Crescent Beach, along the trail where I used to go running:

Pretty, no? What do you think? Do you like the skirt? It’s out for printing right now, and scheduled to ship by the end of the month. Stay tuned for more!

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61 Responses to Presenting the next pattern… the Crescent Skirt!

  1. AnaJan March 7, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    Such a cutie! Goes well with the Pendrel blouse, it’s great that you’ve put this outfit together for us to see it.
    And regarding the zipper – um… I broke several of them while trying to put on a garment. Definitely need a long one to make a skirt/dress comfortable.

  2. TanitIsis March 7, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Lovely! hmm, I wonder what the odds of getting a pear-fit skirt to fit me would be…

  3. The Cupcake Goddess March 7, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    It’s positively darling! I’m very happy to see it made up too, especially with the contrast trimming! So cute! And it does look terribly easy, yet stylish and fabulous to make! I also love that it can be made up in those fun cottons. I love loud prints and it seems that skirts are the best option to pull those off! Darling! Very excited about this zipper insertion method too!

    xoxo,
    Sunni

  4. Amanda March 7, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Such a cute skirt, and that’s cool that you can use quilting weight cottons (and have sampled it here)! I’m so curious about your new zipper invention method. I love the back story of the skirt’s name!

  5. Irene March 7, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    Incredibly cute skirt – just waiting for summer weather. (whenever that happens!)

  6. maranda March 7, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    i love it, great job!!

  7. Susan - Knitters Delight March 7, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    Cogratulations. A perfect accompaniment to the Pendrel Blouse.

  8. Mary Collins March 7, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I love the pockets. Well done.

  9. Sarah March 7, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    I LOVE it!!!! Another triumph, Tasia! :)

  10. Debi March 7, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    YAY! I LOVE it! What a cute skirt…I adore the waist details! Sooooo lovely! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy :-) Great job Tasia!

  11. Tilia March 7, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Lovely pattern! I like it better than the Pendrell. That one I felt like a waste of money since it was so easily self-drafted, this one I could draft too but you’re making me curious about that zipper! :p Oh and nice details to have ‘princess seams’ on a skirt.

    (BTW: I don’t copy patterns from independent companies, you deserve to be paid for your designs)

  12. gina March 7, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Oh how fun! You look so cute in this skirt!

  13. Phoebe March 7, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    That is so cute! I need some more full summer skirts that I can ride my bike in, and this looks like a great option. Great work!

  14. Leah March 7, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    Oh, this is lovely! Well done, Tasia, I’m so excited to try this out! POCKETS make everything better.

  15. Mia March 7, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    I love this skirt, it’s perfect for summer! Great job Tasia!

  16. julia March 7, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Does it have a lining? Will there be instructions to line it? Will there be another sew-along?
    I’ll get it anyway, as soon as it comes out. I am ready to move beyond simple A-line skirts. So this is the perfect pattern for me at this point in my sewing career. And I SO need more skirts.

  17. Steph March 7, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    I’m not gonna lie, when I first heard gathered I was worried. Gathers do not look good on my wide hips. But that skirt is so well designed! Looks like it would be really flattering, and a versatile item of clothing! Can’t wait to give it a go!

  18. Lindsay March 7, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    I’m so excited for this! I really like how it is fitted around the waist. I struggle with my summer skirts being too full around the waist and it makes pairing a shirt/blouse really difficult. I look forward to this one being released!

  19. Joy March 7, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    It’s really sweet, Tasia. Can’t wait to see A & C in action on you, too!

  20. auzzi March 7, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    yay!! I was just thinking recently how I need a full skirt in my wardrobe… now I can make my own!

  21. Jenna March 7, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Wow Tasia! Great job!!! I’m SOOO looking forward to your zipper insertion method! And I loooove that this skirt can be made out of quilting cottons!!! My MIL used to own a quilting store…and still has HUNDREDS of bolts of quilting cottons!! Can you tell us how long “long” view is?? :)

  22. Clare March 7, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    I love the yoke detailing and am tempted to try it even though I think I’m a bit too hippy these days for gathering around my largest horizontal measurement… I’m sure in a drapey enough fabric those gathers would fall beautifully.

  23. Leslie March 7, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Very nice! I really like the yoke and the skirt flow into one line. The fabric is great too.

  24. Val March 7, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Cute skirt! My girls would love that!

  25. woolcat March 7, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Lovely! I knew right away it was named after Crescent Beach. I like that you can make it from a quilting weight cotton without looking like.. well, that you live in Bountiful BC. There are not many adult patterns that look good in that fabric – and there are so many amazing prints out there, I am looking forward to seeing lots of great Crescent skirts on the internets!

  26. petite josette March 7, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    this skirt is very cute ! It’s funny cause I was just in Crescent Beach yesterday !
    I love this fabric too, it,s one of the first that caught my eye when I went to Spool of Thread the first time.
    Great job on the new pattern, it looks like it’s going to bo another hit !

  27. Wendy March 7, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    How cute! I love the skirt and the detail that you have at the waist. Looks great with the blouse.

  28. Sherry March 7, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Love your new skirt Tasia! I think it is perfect for pear shapes – it emphasises a small waist, and disguises a larger hip. And it’s going to be so sassy for summer in all sorts of fun fabrics!

  29. Stacy March 7, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Wonderful! I’m a fan of skirts with yokes. Being able to make it with quilting weight cotton will give so many options for fun prints.

  30. Rachel March 7, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    What a wonderful pattern! I can’t wait to get my hands of a copy and start sewing!!

  31. Bissy March 7, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Tasia, I’m such a big fan of this pattern. Really lovely! And you’ve piqued my interest even more with your mention of a new zipper insertion method.

  32. Kristen March 7, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Super cute, of course! I love it, it looks so fun and flattering.

  33. daiyami March 7, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Wow, y’all. I haven’t tried to pull a skirt up over my hips since I was a teenager. Everything just goes over the head. If the skirt is low-waisted enough, sometimes I don’t even need a zipper, because if it fits my hips, it can make it over the shoulders.

    I also find yoke skirts really flattering on me/pear-shapes—looking forward to the Crescent, Tasia!

    Tasia, a question/thought, that you might eventually be the right person to answer or that might be worth adding as notes in a pattern, or that might offer you some ideas for future activities (I would totally buy a book on “sewing clothes for the pear shape”—is there already one?) I’m working on developing TNTs for me (Pendrell is almost there as a basic princess seam dress), and so I keep wondering how to add design details that especially flatter a pear-shape. Eg, if I want to convert a princess seam skirt into a trumpet shape with flare at the bottom, are there guidelines on where it’s most flattering to begin that flare? What type of bodice design makes the most of a small midriff? and so forth. Not so much asking you to answer but just planting thoughts in your head.

  34. LindsayBobindsay March 7, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Congratulations!! Yippeee!

    I think I am going to let this be my ‘fun’ skirt and make it up in a print.

  35. Jodie March 7, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Very cute! Congratulations on the second pattern. Like the detail on the front.

  36. Greta March 7, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    In the eighties I had a store-bought dress that was a dropped waist with a pointy yoke, just like this! Very flattering. If I recall I made another dress off of that dress. Good job. How did you decide on the hemline? I am designing a skirt right now but just don’t have a good sense of how long to make it.

  37. sofia March 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    How flattering! I love the yolk that flatters the waist, and the gathers that hide the hips and thighs! Totally great for girls with bigger butts like mine. I can’t wait to sew one up, I think it would be gorgeous in black lace with a leather yolk! yes yes!

    Also, I do not think that the blouse was a waste of money Tilia, because Tasia came up with the idea and design, she sketched and sketched it out, tested over and over for flaws, and she made the pattern. Sure you can draft one just like it, but it’s the idea and design of the item you’re paying for, not the literal pattern. Totally worth my money, times a million!

    Love the skirt, can’t wait to make it!

  38. Carolyn March 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    What a cute skirt! I love the details at the waist.

  39. lizajane March 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Awesome! I like the slim waist band. I don’t usually go for fuller skirts because I don’t like all the fluff in between my waist and hips. Exciting that it can be made from quilting cotton, too.

  40. Sewingdina March 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    That’s so cute. I love the new pattern and I can’t wait to see more samples and hear more about it!

  41. Lauren March 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    It’s gorgeous!
    And looks great with the pendrill, lovely.

    I hope you’ll do a sew along for this one too.

  42. Annabelle March 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Looks amazing. I was hoping your Monday surprise would be a new pattern!

  43. Tasia March 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Hello everyone! I’m sooo glad you like the new pattern! :) I knew you would be pumped about the potential to make it out of quilting cotton and not look artsy-craftsy. I also love so many of the quilty prints, and have plans to make many more of these skirts in pretty, colourful summer prints.

    Let me jump in here and answer some of your questions so far…
    @Lauren: I’ll definitely do a Sew-Along for this one if you guys are interested! After all the great feedback from the Pendrell Sew-Along, it’ll be even better this time. Once the pattern is launched I’ll see how many people would be interested in sewing along together.

    @Greta: Good question about the hemline! That’s one of the reasons I offered the fuller skirt in two lengths, because I like it shorter AND knee-length. On me (and I’m 5’4″) the shorter length hits just above the knee, short enough to be youthful and playful, but not so short that it’s too revealing. A gust of wind can cause trouble for a full, too-short skirt! The knee length is great for the office, or for when you don’t want to wear tights. It all depends on the fabric, too. A floaty fabric would look nice in the longer length, for extra weight and swish-factor. I’d like heavier fabrics in the shorter length so it’s not too overwhelming on the body. So, think about the weight of your fabric, how tall you are and where your most flattering hem length is, and whether you’re likely to wear tights with the skirt/dress, or bare legs. Personally I like shorter skirts with tights, but when I’m going bare-legged I like a little longer length. My most flattering skirt length is just below the knee, covering the knee-cap and hitting at the slim under-knee part of the leg. Make it longer on purpose, and play around in the mirror before making your final hem. Take photos if you have a hard time comparing different lengths! I hope this helps!

    @daiyami: Interesting questions and thoughts… I would LOVE to write a book on sewing for pear-shaped women! That would be the most fun, think of the research and testing and shopping I could do! I love that kind of thing, examining what works, what doesn’t and coming up with reasons why. I love the idea of a trumpet-shaped skirt but because we’re all SO different, I don’t know if there is one perfect placement for the flare to start… but it’s a fascinating idea. ‘How to modify patterns for a pear-shaped figure’… now there’s an idea. Thanks for the comment and you can be sure I’ll be thinking of ways to address this topic!

    @Clare: You know, the reason I like this pattern for pear-shapes, is because of where the flare and the gathering hits. It’s at the widest part, yes, but it creates the illusion that the skirt is getting larger, not that I’m getting larger. It also makes an inverted ‘V’ shape with the silhouette, which points upwards to the waistline. Also, I tend to gain weight and lose weight mostly around the hip area, so the gathers allow for subtle weight fluctuations without the world knowing I’ve put on a few inches around the hips… Anyways, just my two cents! :)

    @Jenna: The longer view (view c) is 23″ long for size 4, and the shorter view is 19″ long for Views A and B. The skirt does get slightly longer as the sizing goes up, so the skirt has enough length to curve over larger hips and butts. I’ll post the complete envelope fronts and backs shortly!

    @julia: Hi Julia, it’s an unlined skirt. I wanted to keep it simple and because most cottony fabrics are fine without lining… However, if you wanted to line the skirt, you can either underline the skirt, by simply cutting the skirt pieces again in an underlining fabric and basting the two layers together. Or, you could create lining pieces and build them into the skirt. Or, you could whip up a little slip to go underneath! That would be my favourite choice, so if you were to make three skirts, you’d only need to make one slip to go under them all. Yes, it looks like I’ll be leading another Sew-Along as a few people are interested, plus there are so many variations possible on this skirt! Especially with the zipper method, I’d love to show you how it’s done with step-by-step photos, and be here for questions if you get stuck. it’s easy to do! But it’s very different from any other zipper instructions, and I can do way more photos for you online that I could fit on the instruction sheets.

    @Leah: Agreed! Pockets DO make everything better. I can fit my ipod in the pocket of this skirt and listen to music while working, it’s really handy!

    @Tilia: I know what you mean about not buying patterns you could make yourself, or could figure out on your own. Hopefully as I develop the line, there will be more patterns you like and that are more complex! My plan is to start off with simple designs, and work up to more challenging patterns. I’m glad you like the skirt!

    @TanitIsis: Definitely make a muslin, if your measurements don’t fall into the pear-shaped size chart! You could un-pear shape it by straightening out the centre front, centre back, and side seams, and then leave the yoke design seams alone so the look is the same. (Kind of the way us pear-shapes have to rework most skirt patterns, but in reverse! :) )

    @AnaJan: Yup – I’ve broken a few zippers and ripped a few seams myself when the zippers are too short! It reduces wear and strain on the zipper, too, when you can put on the garment without straining the end of the zipper. Glad you like it!

  44. Amelia March 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    As someone who loves waist defining clothing I’m surprised I’ve never tried a skirt with a yoke this wide. Looks like a wonderful pattern!

  45. Rachel March 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Great pattern, I can imagine it as both a summer or winter skirt depending on what fabric was chosen.

    If/when you do a sew-along for it it’d be great if you could include some more information about adding a lining – eg what step to add it at, how to add one that doesn’t interfere with the line of the skirt (i once made a pleated skirt and added a lining by sort of “underlining” the pleats and it was a DISASTER!).

    I can’t wait for the pattern to be for sale :D

  46. Tasia March 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    @Rachel: Hi Rachel! I know, adding a lining to gathered or pleated skirts can be a bit tricky. That’s why I really prefer this skirt as an unlined skirt, especially with the pockets to contend with! So my first suggestion would be to leave it unlined, as it comes together much better that way. A slip is a fun way to make an unlined skirt into a lined skirt. (And gives you more options!) However, I know I can’t convince everyone to start wearing slips :) so I’ll put some basic lining information together when we do the Sew-Along – as it seems there is definitely enough interest in sewing the skirt together!

  47. Rachel March 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    @Tasia: The main reason i’d want a lining is that I find unlined skirts don’t sit well with tights, they tend to ride up when i’m walking and in theory a lining would solve that. Maybe a slip *would* be a good solution, fancy writing a tutorial/pattern/links list for making a slip ;)

  48. Tasia March 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    @Rachel: I know! I hate when skirts stick to my legs and bunch up – rather ungraceful! If that works for you, I’d much rather put together slip tutorials. Just think of the possibilities – a cute, colourful wardrobe of slips! You could wear subtle black when you want it to blend, and bright yellow for a fun flash of colour – all depending on the occasion and your mood! :)
    I forget your summer is just ending, while we’re looking forward to warmer weather here!
    Here are two great slip links if you wanted a running start:
    tutorial:
    http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2009/07/make-vintage-inspired-half-slip-no.html
    and pretty little finished slips:
    http://www.thecupcakegoddess.com/the-cupcake-goddess/2010/07/pretty-little-underthings.html
    I realize that I commented about wanting to make slips on Sunni’s blog there, and still haven’t made any of my own! The Sew-Along would give me a great excuse, I mean, reason :)

  49. Rosemary March 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    I like the Crescent skirt pattern very much. The type of waistline is perfect for wearing tops over it.

    Is it possible to make the skirt below-the-knee length and vary the fullness?

    I’ll be interested in the pattern when it’s available.

    I enjoyed sewing the Pendrell blouse and am so pleased with the way it turned out that I’m sewing another one in a different style.

    Thanks for a job well done, Tasia.

  50. Jessica March 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    Lovely! And thank you for designing something that works with quilting cottons – SUCH a weakness of mine!

  51. Tasia March 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    @Rosemary: Hi Rosemary! I’m glad you like it, and you’re right, the yoke waistline is perfect for wearing longer tops over top. You can easily lengthen the less-full version, View A, by adding to the length of the pattern pieces. I only added the fuller one in a longer length because I had to choose my favourites, and those three options were the ones I felt most strongly about. But you can easily shorten or lengthen the skirts to whatever length you prefer! I’d like to lengthen the fullest one all the way to the floor, that would be great for summer.
    Thrilled to hear you enjoyed sewing the blouse, that’s awesome to hear!

    @Jessica: Me too! I knew I couldn’t be the only one :)

  52. Lisette March 8, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    The skirt looks very cute, but I fear it would not be flattering on me…I think it would emphasize the short and wide in me! But, it looks great on you and golly I love the ribbon detail on the yoke. I’m also very curious about this new zipper installation method. I hope you sell a bunch!

  53. Amanda S. March 8, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    Great skirt, Tasia! I LOVE that you are designing patterns that flatter a certain body type, especially the pear which probably gets ignored most of the time. This is not my particular body type, but I can definitely appreciate the idea of dressing yourself to accentuate your assets and hide the flaws. Anyway, just wanted to tell you I think you’ve come up with a brilliant idea, and I wish you much success!

  54. Lauren M March 8, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    I enjoyed the Pendrell sewalong SO much- it felt like having private sewing lessons without leaving the apartment. I cannot wait for you to do a sewalong with this skirt- I learned so much last time and look forward to learning more tips and tricks with this lovely skirt.

    Thanks so much and congratulations on your second pattern!

  55. Becky March 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    I have to admit I was a bit skeptical when I saw the line drawing in the email you initially sent to the mailing list– I should have known to have more faith in you! It’s very cute when made up, and I do love that quilting cottons work for it. I’m often jealous of my quilter mother in the prints she can get. Part of me is rather strongly tempted to also try lengthening it to a maxi skirt, in a drapier fabric– I do love my flowy hippie skirts!

  56. Eilane March 9, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Hello Tasia, the skirt is gorgeous, love the pockets and how it can be done in a good quality fabric, with more length to be worn at night with a beautiful top. Certesa that I will as successful as her blouse Pendrell.

    You will make a sew along for it too?

    Hugs

    Eilane – Brazil
    ______________________________________________________________________

    Olá Tasia, a saia é linda, amo os bolsos e a maneira como pode ser feita em um tecido nobre, com mais comprimento para ser usada a noite com um belo top. Tenho certesa que fará tanto sucesso quanto a blusa pendrell.

    Você fará um sew along para ela também?

    Abraços

    Eilane – Brasil

  57. S√∏lvi March 9, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    Oooo! This is lovely, and will make a perfect gift for my sewing pear shaped sister (and perhaps a gift for me too…;-) )

  58. Ana March 9, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Beautiful skirt, Tasia!
    One of my favourites skirts when I was a child had pretty much the same shape, it only had two tiers of gathered fabric. It was made of white and blue striped material. That brought back some nice memories :)

    On another note, I am also pear shaped and have always had problems with my skirts shifting while walking so the front would end up in the back. I wonder if anyone else has this problem or a solution for it.

    Ana

  59. Catholic Bibliophagist March 20, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    Cute skirt! I love pockets and I love quilting cottons. But since I am probably older than most of your readers I have to ask this question:

    How would the cut of this skirt look on someone who has a middle-aged tummy? (i.e. the tummy is not flat?) I do have a small torso, and being long waisted give the illusion of having a small waist. But below the belly button I bulge out a bit.

    And I’m all agog to learn more about your new zipper method.

    –C.B.

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