Friday, July 5, 2013

pattern review friday: heidi & finn skort

I'm just going to start by saying that Gracie lives in skorts from about April until October.  As long as it is warm enough outside, then she is wearing a skort.   Some years in Michigan she might only wear them from June through August, but you get the idea :)  So when I had the opportunity to test the Heidi & Finn Tennis Skort pattern, both Gracie and I were thrilled!


Overall, the fit was a little loose on Gracie.  However, she normally wears slims in pants and shorts, so that is how I expect pretty much everything to fit.  And even if I think the fit is too loose, Gracie doesn't care!  She wears this outfit whenever it's clean  And now that she has new shoes that match the outfit perfectly (I swear between the bright outfit and light-up shoes, you can probably see her from space), she would be happy to wear it dirty as well :)  As you can see in the pictures, she has fully tested this pattern, and we are both happy to report that it is Gracie-approved.  Trust me, that is harder to achieve than you would think!


I did have a small issue with the pattern because I felt that both the inseam and the overall length were too short.  Gracie has long legs, and I prefer a slightly more modest length for her skorts.  But that is a matter of personal preference and really has nothing to do with the quality of the pattern. 

Overall, I would recommend the pattern.  The directions were easy to follow and suitable for a beginning sewer.  Since I used the existing hems of t-shirts for the skort, it was also really quick and easy.  I liked the method used to attach the shorts to the skirt as it was easy to follow and seems like it will hold up really well. I plan to sew the pattern again, just in a smaller size with added length :)

Just in case you were wondering, Gracie's playing with clay in this last picture.  She really wanted me to take a picture of her piece of clay, so, being a mom, that's exactly what I did.  In fact, I believe I took four just in case one didn't turn out :)


Materials:
Skort fabric - Hanes XL t-shirts from Walmart
Tank top - ps by Aeropostale

5 comments :

  1. I like how you upcycled the Hanes t shirts. Was it more affordable than buying the fabric?

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    1. Not really! It cost about $8, but it's rather hard to find florescent pink fabric locally, and I didn't have enough time to order it online. Also, I was being lazy and didn't feel like hemming :)

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  2. Love it, just bought this pattern and am waiting to try it out. Did one t shirt make the whole skort?

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    1. It took two t-shirts since there are two layers for the skort. If you only wanted to use one layer, there is probably enough fabric in a men's XXL shirt to cut all the other pieces too.

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  3. Great review. I am going to be making a couple for my daughter and I do like longer than short skorts (even with the shorts underneath). I'll make sure to add a little to the length when I'm making them.
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