Style Arc Odette skirt

I received my Style Arc August order last week. It included the Odette skirt, a pattern I have been coveting for a few months.

Style Arc Odette skirt

Style Arc Odette skirt

I love the back pleating on this one. It takes it from a ho-hum straight skirt to a really interesting piece. Because of the panels, there is also the opportunity to block colours or co-ordinating fabrics. This is a very versatile pattern for a wardrobe basic. I chose to do the skirt with a single fabric, a beautiful wool I bought at the start of the summer.

The houndstooth is a beautiful wool, from Gorgeous Fabrics. The lining is Elegance silk cotton.

The houndstooth is a beautiful wool, from Gorgeous Fabrics. The lining is Elegance silk cotton.

(I have more than this left, but it was all that was to hand when taking my photos!)

Style Arc includes a lining pattern, although I deviated from the construction order slightly and added my lining after the zip installation (the instructions have you do it before the zip, but I could not get my head around how to line the zip in that sequence). The back on the lining is interesting.

The lining for the back pleats was a little more complicated than necessary.

The lining for the back pleats was a little more complicated than necessary.

There is an inset pleat panel, which requires some careful stitching, as you are essentially sewing three sides of a rectangle into a larger skirt piece (with a rectangular gap in the centre!). I think it would be easier to make it as for the back skirt: cut the back skirt lining into three panels, attach the pleat inset to the centre back panel, and then attach the side panels. It would be a few more pieces (and seams), but somewhat easier than sewing the inset. I recently made a quilt with insets like this, so I managed to muddle through.

The pleats were interesting. There are four of them in the back panel, and it took me awhile to get my head around them. I kept ending up with three pleats and two half pleats on each end. I got it eventually!

This is the mock-up. I had to figure out the back pleats.

This is the mock-up. I had to figure out the back pleats.

For the actual skirt, I obviously could not make such clear markings. I basted everything I could for those pleats, and I think they turned out pretty well!

Here are the back pleats on the completed skirt.

Here are the back pleats on the completed skirt.

The waistband was not difficult so much as bulky. There are some areas of it that are not so pretty!

Some parts of the waistband are better than others!

Some parts of the waistband are better than others!

This was a great project for me and presented some new techniques and skills to practice. I love the look of the skirt. I have been mocking up a lot of skirts recently, trying to find a good match for this wool. The Odette was perfect!

Style Arc Odette skirt

Style Arc Odette skirt

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