Sunday, February 22, 2015

Paprika Jade Skirt in Ponte

A while back, Paprika Patterns put out an open call for pattern testers and I signed up, having admired their Jade skirt pattern for months. Sadly for me, at that time, the pattern did not come in my size. But lo and behold, since then Paprika Patterns has expanded their sizes! Woo woo! They wanted reviewers* of the new expanded size range for Jade, so here I am!


*They sent me the pattern for free in exchange for my review.


I love the beautiful folds on this skirt... they really elevate a simple knit pencil skirt to be something special.  I think it looks very origami-esque. I am really happy with my Jade skirt- snug, but not tight, interesting details. I think it has potential to work as casual-wear with a t-shirt, sweatshirt or sweater, but also for the office with a blouse.

Bonus: the Jade skirt pattern and Paprika's newest pattern, Jasper, are currently on sale through February 24. Based on my good experience with Jade, I went ahead and bought myself Jasper (plus that hood!). Treat yo self, right?!


My Jade construction notes:

Those folds do require a bit of thinking. After reading the clear pattern instructions and tips and watching this helpful video, I was pretty confident I had done the folds correctly. However, when I went to sew them down (which requires basically unfolding each fold, one at a time, and, for lack of a better term, understitching them), things got a bit dodgy. I think perhaps I didn't unfold them systematically enough. I kind of lost track of which fold went where and where I was supposed to sew. But in the end I think I got them pretty much ok. I didn't quiiiiiite get them to match up with the back, lengthwise, but not the end of the world.


The skirt is fully lined, which is great, so all of the seams are enclosed. Pretty on the inside! I used the same fabric for the inner and outer layers. I was close to running out, so my front lining is pieced together.

I made the longer skirt length, described as "mid-thigh to knee length." I was slightly worried about the skirt being too short for my taste, which is firmly in the knee-length category, so I decided to make all of the vertical seams 1/4" using my serger, rather than 5/8" with my sewing machine, just to eek out a little bit of extra length. I kept the side seams at 5/8". Worked out perfectly; the length is just how I like it!


I added 2" wide elastic inside the waistband because I find that waistbands tend to get stretched out in my knit skirts and then they sag down. I like the extra bit of security the elastic adds.

After taking these photos, I realized I forgot to take a photo of the back! It doesn't have the folds like the front, but is double-layered and has two waist darts to help with the shaping. Looks pretty good!



My fabric: 

Rachael from Imagine Gnats asked for some help quality testing (read: washing, playing around with, sewing, roughing up) some of the new knits she is offering in her shop, so I volunteered to try out this pretty wine-colored ponte de roma (full disclosure: she generously gave me this fabric for free to test out and the links above are affiliate links, meaning I earn a percentage of any sales made though them).


I was quite happy with this ponte: it came out of the washer looking perfect- no ironing required. I machine washed it, but hung it dry because I don't have a dryer. Texture-wise it's soft with a hint of a sheen and nice drape, but has enough structure to not be clingy. Easy to cut and sew. Great recovery, which is key for a skirt with negative ease, like Jade!

My only critiques of the ponte de roma fabric is it doesn't press crisply or hold a press. For some patterns I imagine this wouldn't matter at all, but for others it might. I feel like this is pretty common for ponte, though, not unique to this particular fabric. But I will definitely use this ponte again!


22 comments:

  1. It looks great! My only worry with this skirt is that it will show underwear lines like mad in the back. But maybe I just need to buck up and wear better knickers! :P Your skirt looks great on you!

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    1. In the ponte they show a little bit, but because it's fully lined, it's really not so bad. The double layer makes a big difference!

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  2. this skirt looks fab on you!!!! love it :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachael! And thanks for the chance to test out the fun new fabrics in the shop!

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  3. I love it!! I've been eyeing this pattern and now I definitely want it :)

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    1. Thanks! It's a cute pattern with very thoughtful instructions, which I love.

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  4. I love it! The length worked out perfectly and the colour is fantastic! Especially with the white you paired it with. I was thinking about trying this bad boy out too, but I have the same reservations as Gillian!
    How would you compare this to mabel - fit and comfort wise?

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    1. Thanks, Heather! For me the fit and comfort level are comparable to Mabel, which I was also pretty happy with. Jade is double layered/lined throughout, which helps for hiding lumps and bumps.

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  5. that looks amazing on you!! super flattering! and the color is so much better than black, neutral but not boring!

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    1. Thanks, Lindsey! I am really digging the wine color, too. I like the idea of it as a neutral- I should be bolder with pairig it with other colors!

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  6. I have been waiting to see the finished skirt. The origami-ish pic on IG grabbed my attention! I love details like that! The colour is gorgeous and suit you very well I think. I would have never though that this skirt could be casualled down (just inventing words as I go), but it looks great paired up with a cute tee! Well done... as per usual though :)

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    1. Thanks, Jenya! Ha ha... "casualed down"... love it! I was thinking the exact opposite: it pairs with t-shirt, but what do I wear on top for the office? In theory a blouse, but what type?

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  7. Love your version! I'm about to sew the shorter one in a jersey material as soon as I get off the internet this morning! :)

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    1. Thanks!! Good luck with your skirt- can't wait to see it!

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  8. It is a lovely color and shape. Very flattering and cute on you and fabulous with that top!

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  9. Can I be jealous that I bought this before the sizes were extended?! I am definitely not fitting in the size 6 :-p

    This looks amazing on you. Really, really love the color too!

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  10. Can I be jealous that I bought this before the sizes were extended?! I am definitely not fitting in the size 6 :-p

    This looks amazing on you. Really, really love the color too!

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