Saturday, 10 November 2018

The Utu skirt - Breaking the Pattern Book



Earlier this year I was a pattern tester for the new book, Breaking the Pattern, by Saara and Laura Huhta of Named Patterns. The book has now been launched and I was lucky enough to be sent a copy for my participation in the testing process!

 

The book is really lovely. It contains pattern sheets for 20 garments with ideas and inspiration for combining and customising patterns to create many more different looks. The presentation and photos are beautiful and the sewing instructions are clear with many diagrams. I definitely recommend this as one of the best sewing books I've seen.


One of the patterns I tested was the Utu skirt. This is a beautifully shaped, unlined wrap skirt with an attached belt and D-ring fastening at the side. The Utu pattern can also be made as a lined pinafore dress.

The Utu Skirt - Breaking the Pattern

The Utu Pinafore - Breaking the Pattern
I used a 100% cotton, mid-weight upholstery fabric with a blue and white print. The fairly sturdy fabric worked well for this pattern and the skirt sits and fits very nicely.


The belt continues around the back of the skirt through belt loops, which is a nice detail.


The skirt sits high on the waist and is a very flattering shape. The belt holds the skirt firmly over the tummy, which is good for smoothing over any rounded bits!


This skirt style would work well as a casual, work or evening garment. I'm looking forward to wearing mine a lot as the weather warms up.

12 comments:

  1. We tested the same skirt! I love your version - that fabric is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, I look forward to seeing your version!

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  2. Such a lovely skirt and that fabric is excellent! A couple of your photos didn't load for me, which is disappointing as I want to see them!

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    1. Thank you Sue, but at least you've seen it IRL!

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  3. I think this skirt is so flattering, and I love the fabric you chose. Tell me, what happens when you sit? I have yet to find a straight wrap skirt pattern that does not become scandalous when sitting. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I wouldn't say the skirt is scandalous when sitting. As long as you arrange it modestly as you sit it stays in place, although in less stable fabric it may fall open more easily.

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  4. Great choice of fabric. And up to your usual standards of finish.

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