The Sabina skirt!


Hope you are all well.

Today I am here to share a skirt that I made back in February. I didn’t plan to take so long to share however, I confess I wasn’t feeling like it. Too much going on and my mind wasn’t in it.

Nonetheless, it is a nice pattern and I really wanted to share it with you.

The pattern is the Sabina skirt by The Little Pomegranate, a pattern designed with beginners in mind and guess what? It is free for subscribers!

It is a gathered skirt pattern for woven fabrics, available from sizes (UK) 6 to 3, with elastic waistband, pockets and ruffle hem. Simple to make and lovely to wear!

It might be a free pattern nonetheless, the instructions are very detailed and include notes that explain what is what and why some techniques and steps are so important in order to achieve a nice final result that you will be proud of.

I made a size 6 based on my measurements and the only change I made was to take 16 cm from the main skirt piece length and add 2cm to the hem ruffle. As a reference, this pattern was designed for 170 cm tall people (definitely not my case, hence the adjustment).

As for the fabric, I used a viscose fabric from Rainbow Fabrics bought over a year ago. Although not always the easiest fabric to work with, viscose looks wonderful as it gives the skirt a good drape and fluidity.

Let me just add that this pattern is not just rectangular pieces of fabric gathered. It really is nicely drafted and with great instructions, thought and care. Plus, it is free! If this is Rumana’s first pattern, I am looking forward to see more.

The ruffle is such a lovely detail!

In short, it is a perfect beginners project and a quick project for those with more experience. The result is a nice skirt that I really enjoy wearing. It is likely that my wardrobe will see more of these skirts.

Have a lovely week. 😊

Happy sewing!

Maria x

New Skirt to welcome Spring!


Hope you are all well.

It has been such a long time! I haven’t been sewing much lately and have been sharing even less. The world seems to be upside down and I find it hard to focus, to be honest.

I have another make to share with you but today I want to share the new skirt I made as part of Minerva’s challenge #SewnWithMcCalls.

You can read all about it here and I do hope you like it.

It really is a lovely pattern and the fabric is so pretty!

The pleats make the skirt drape so beautifully!

Hopefully, I will soon be sharing more projects with you. 🙂

Have a lovely rest of the week,

Maria x

A New Summer Outfit

This outfit is one of those that make me smile while wearing it. I’ve been wanting to make the skirt for a long time and in fact, both the pattern and fabric have been waiting for quite some time in my stash. The blouse pattern was a more recent purchase but, I’ve been keeping an eye for a pattern in this style for some time and in my opinion the patterns are a good match.

Starting with the blouse. I used a Butterick vintage pattern, 5580, that unfortunately does not mention the year it was released, although my guess is around the 50’s, both because of the style and for not being printed. Well, the instructions are printed but the pattern pieces are already cut and have different sizes perforations and notches to guide. It took me a bit to get used to it.

As usual in vintage patterns, this one only had one size available, size 14, 32” bust and that’s exactly what I made. I choose option A, without changes at all.


The instructions suggest to cut the fabric in bias and that is what I have done. As it is a quite fitted blouse it helps the way it is cut. The way it fits is one of the things that made me choose this pattern and to achieve the fit it also has 10 darts. Two diagonals in the chest area and the remaining 8 at the waist, 4 in the front and 4 in the back.



The waist darts are a little unusual to me and I don’t think I’ve ever made a blouse with such kind of darts. I did try to find how this kind of darts are called but failed. If you happen to know it, please do share 😊

The blouse has no buttons and to help with the dress/undress it has a side zipper (I used an invisible one). The armhole is finished with bias binding and to add a bit of colour, I used a self-made bias using a floral fabric. I do adore to add small details even if it is in the garment’s inside.

One of the things I like particularly in this version is the collar although version B also looks really nice… might have to make another version sometime. In order to keep everything in place, I handstitched the collar facing at the neck and shoulder.


The fabric used is a shirting fabric from Mike Tecidos and it worked as expected but a fabric with some drape must work lovely as well.

To go with the blouse, I also made a skirt that was in my “to do list” for such a long time. The Chardon skirt by Deer and Doe.


I made version A in size 36, based on my waist and hip measurements, using a linen/cotton fabric bought some three years ago and although the photos seem to indicate otherwise, I did iron it.


My only change was to shorten the skirt 5 centimetres. The pattern is lovely and I have intension to make more but I intend to use an invisible zipper next time, instead of a regular one. That would be my only change and that is just a matter of preference.


Although it has a few inverted box pleats, it is a fast project and the result is (as my girls like to say) so satisfying. Let’s be honest, it is a pretty skirt and it has pockets.


The instructions recommend finishing the hem with bias binding and that is what I’ve done. This time I did not made the bias, instead I used a bought one that have a satin finishing and a very similar colour but some stripes that make a subtle contrast. I’m happy with the result and used it as well in the facing.


This is turning out to be a long post… Summarizing, I am really happy with how both patterns turned out and how well they worked together. I have intention to use them again.