Style Arc Mary-Ann

I got this pattern in October 2013. I really think it is a great skirt. It has side slant pockets, a centre back zip and button closure and a flattering A-line shape. The front is in two pieces and allows for topstitching/seaming details.

Style Arc Mary-Ann

Style Arc Mary-Ann

I made my version out of “Heather brown herringbone stretch suiting” from Fabric Mart, which I bought in September 2013.

Style Arc Mary-Ann

Style Arc Mary-Ann

I opted not to include the pockets. This particular fabric was prone to misbehaviour, due to the stretch, and was far too thick to become a nice, flat pocket. I had put the relevant pieces together anyway to make a lining pattern, so I just used that as the skirt pattern, with added length. This is what I love about sewing my own clothes: I choose to have pockets (or not), and I always choose to have lining.

I love my orange lining!

I love my orange lining!

I have several metres of this lining. I was originally planning to use it for the Coco jacket, until I opted for silk dupioni.

Back.

Back.

I am still working on getting even waistbands at the back. On this one, I actually changed the overlap to (attempt to) disguise the fact that one side ended up shorter (and the fact that I hadn’t a long enough scrap to redo it!). I also had no desire to attempt a buttonhole on this fabric, opting instead for a hook and eye.

I hand stitched the lining to the zipper tape. I think I did a pretty good job!

I hand stitched the lining to the zipper tape. I think I did a pretty good job!

This is definitely a skirt I will make again. I like that it can be quite casual (and have some denim I may use for another), and the length is perfect for boots come winter. Although I did not use the pockets on this one, they were a major incentive for getting this pattern. I hope to use them in a future version (probably not the denim!).

2 thoughts on “Style Arc Mary-Ann

  1. Beautiful. I think the skirt works well without pockets and, since it is so fitted, it may be preferable without pockets.

  2. Thanks, Nothy! You may be right. In this particular fabric, the pockets would just not lay flat. I would like to try with the pockets at some point, but I would need a flatter fabric to start, or to do the work around with pocketing and just enough fashion fabric to cover the gap. This was not an amount of work I was willing to do here!

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