I’m going to throw a curve ball here. You guys ready? The next FO that I have to share is actually sewn and not knitted! If you’re saying to yourself, “I didn’t know she could sew,” you’d probably be right. My knowledge is tenuous at best, but that’s okay, because the Gypsum Skirt pattern is really easy. Like, no zippers, no buttons. It’s just about my speed.
The Gypsum Skirt is a pattern by Sew Liberated that is modeled to be a skirt version of their Arenite Pants. It features an elastic waist, flat felled seams, and huge ass side pockets. The pockets are really what make it. Also, if you need experience with french seams, the pockets offer an excellent opportunity to get comfortable with the process. If you’re a little nervous about the pockets, or just want a slightly different look, view B offers a more traditional side pocket option.
The pattern is intended for woven fabrics. Sew Liberated recommends a drapey fabric for View A like rayon challis, tencel twill, or silk noil. But, I’m cheap and my local Joann’s is tragic so I made mine out of a shirting fabric. It still came out great. Like I mentioned before, the elasticized waist makes for easy finishing. This is great, because if it required a zipper or something, it would still be sitting unfinished by my couch.
So if you haven’t already gathered, I made View A…you know, for the pockets. I cut a size 6 (for reference, my waist is 27″ and my hips are 36″). I am happy with the size that I chose and would use the same size if I made it again. The construction of the skirt is really clever, with the french seamed pockets and the flat felled side panel seams. I did accidentally cut my back piece wrong and ended up having to seam the center back, but I don’t think it affected the end result.
The trickiest part for me was inserting the elastic and getting the waistband all sewed down. I may have fudged that part a bit. In the end though, I’m really happy with the finished piece and anticipate making it again in the future. And the best part? It’s SUPER comfortable. And it has pockets.