I had the need for a denim skirt and came across The Bernadette Skirt pattern in The Magic Pattern book by Amy Barickman (founder of Indygo Junction). For more information on the book, read my post. I have also made The Abigail Dress and The Diana Cardigan from the same book.
A denim skirt is an essential and classic garment which should be in every woman’s wardrobe. The difference with this skirt is that it is a pull-on style with a smooth, flat front and a hidden elastic casing in the back so its very easy to wear and most comfortable. Elastic Fantastic!
I used a medium weight denim fabric (instead of jeans) with a little stretch. There are 4 panels to this skirt which gives it a lovely shape. I cut a size M and lengthened the skirt by 3 inches as the pattern is short and I omitted the ruffle. There is no interfacing for the waistband (it is not required for denim) and I used the ‘stitch in the ditch’ technique.
The skirt sits slightly below the natural waist. In the book, the skirt is a repurposed jeans mini and it has a raw-edged asymmetric ruffle at the front. There are instructions how to deconstruct a pair of jeans.
There are more super styles of skirt in this book: The Blythe (A-line with an inverted centre front pleat), The Beatrice (maxi), The Betsy (pleated hem), The Bridget (pencil-wrap) and The Billie (flared bias-cut). They are all pull-on skirts!
The jersey twin-set with the Missoni look print is by the American designer, Nina Leonard.
What is your favourite skirt style/silhouette?