Welcome to my first ever sewalong! In the next couple weeks I will break down in detail everything that goes into making the Patti Pocket Skirt. AND since this is a holiday themed sewalong, when we are done you will have a beautiful party-ready skirt for all your holiday festivities. I love the idea of a festive skirt because it is so much more versatile than a festive dress. You can completely change the look depending on how you style it, making it re-wearable for all your holiday party needs.
Already done with your holiday sewing? No worries! The only thing that makes this a “holiday skirt” is your fabric choice, so choose something more neutral and you will be good for year-round wear!
Today we are starting off small with just a basic introduction to the Patti Pocket Skirt as well as some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.
ABOUT THE SKIRT:
The Patti Pocket skirt is high waisted and comes in two views, midi and short. It is a full skirt with pleats and slightly flared side panels. I think everyones favorite part about this skirt is the pockets, which are a focal point of the skirt and designed to “pop out” slightly, making this a great choice for sturdier fabrics. Amy Nicole Patterns are drafted for petites, however taller ladies will find it quite simple to add length using my guidelines and video. In the construction of this skirt you will use a few more advanced techniques like french seamed pockets and hem facings, illustrated in simple instructions to make putting it together a breeze.
I was actually inspired to do this holiday-themed sewalong by my lovely testers. I was blessed to work with some truly amazing sewists in getting this pattern off the ground. A few of their finished skirts really got me thinking about how well this skirt is suited to be sewn up in holiday-appropriate fabrics. Tester photos that inspired each theme are in the top left.
I’ve had this red wool in my stash for quite some time, when I started testing out the Patti Pocket skirt i knew that this red wool would be perfect for the midi version. Red is such a festive choice this time of year, and the plus side is it will continue to be versatile year round.
Genya made this skirt up in a beautiful gold brocade. Gold is such a classic holiday color. A gold skirt can instantly dress up a simple cozy sweater.
I’m sure Leslie didn’t intend for her short blue Patti Pocket to inspire a holiday sewalong, but I find that light blue can be a great choice for a holiday outfit. Especially for those living in more of a winter wonderland than myself.
The way Racheal paired this buffalo plaid taffeta Patti Pocket with a deep green long sleeve shirt immediately got me craving hot apple cider (with a splash of whiskey of course). I just love any excuse to extend my fall plaids into winter, and this skirt is so amazing in taffeta & wool!
Aside from gold, metallics in general can really add some sparkle to your holiday wardrobe. I especially love how Pamela chose the perfect shoes to match her metallic print Patti Pocket. This choice or gold would also be perfect for a New Years celebration.
And that wraps up day one of the Patti Pocket sewalong. Short and sweet but I wanted to start you off easy and hopefully get you excited about making this skirt. Tomorrow we will go a little more in depth on fabric choices as well as cover all other necessary supplies. If this post got you too excited to wait go ahead and check the fabric requirements in your pattern and order something magical (or better yet shop your stash!)
Happy Patti Pocket Sewing!