Month: April 2021

Pattern Testing – The Anthea Blouse

Pattern Testing – The Anthea Blouse

The Anthea Blouse is here!! Again I have taken part of the pattern testing process for Anna Allen Clothing’s newest garment – the Anthea Blouse. A versatile pattern that comes with 2 different versions, dress and blouse and 2 sleeve lengths. If you’ve read my 

Making my own Maternity dress with a self drafted pattern

Making my own Maternity dress with a self drafted pattern

Choosing a Fabric As soon as I saw this amazing Mind the Maker dot fabric at Minerva I fell in love. Even better it is sustainable organic Ecovero viscose, so much better for the environment than regular viscose. Ecovero is similar Tencel fabric is made 



I got this great pattern in the big Makerist 2-dollar sale. I’ve had my eye on a few patterns, I like to put a load in my wish list whilst deciding. The Leda Skirt has been in there for some time – it was included in the 2 dollar sale! I knew I just had to snap it up.

Ruby Rose wearing the Leda Skirt


Like I said previously the Leda skirt by Atelier Vicolo N.6 has been in my wish list for some time. What looks like a simple wrap skirt has a few nice features, such as gathers various panels and pocket details. I also like the fact you it includes two different closures, button or ties. With lockdown and my ever-changing body a wrap skirt is a perfect addition to my wardrobe.

Pocket detail pf teh leda skirt

Leda wrap skirt PROCESS

I wanted to created a sustainable project with this one, using fabric already in my stash. As I was using some leftover fabric I had to be clever with my paper pattern placement. Which lead me to the different panels.
I used fabric I had from a previous project. I used the rust and golden tan sanded Tencel from Good Fabric Store. Its the same fabric that I used to make the Pietra Shorts, you can read that blog here.

Back view of panels in Leda  skirt

When working with this Tencel it is quite slippery and can fray a bit. So I made sure was careful when cutting and overlocked as quickly as possible.

This version of the Leda skirt is longer, but the length was determined by the fabric I had leftover. I laid out my pattern pieces, then worked out the longest I could make it and cut all the panels a similar size. Normally, I like to cut all my fabric on the fold; its quicker and it means you can make sure you get the mirrored pattern pieces. This means you’re less likely to make cutting errors. For this pattern, as I wanted to alternate colours of the panels. I had to cut everything out twice and had to work out which way up each pattern piece went.

Ruby Rose wearing teh leda skirt

The first step was constructing the pocket panels. I decided not to cut the pocket edge pieces to save fabric, and I was literally down to my last scraps. I wish I had as this could have created a really lovely contrasting edge.
Then the main skirt panels are all sewn together along with the waistband. The skirt is then gathered onto the waistband. I like to pin the waistband to my ironing board, then I have a set distance to gather it in between.

The skirt is then sewn to the waistband and the ties finished by turning them through. Finally sewing the waistband closed. I then pressed up the hem to the desired length and finished it by turning up a big hem.


So the main adjustment I made to the Leda skirt was creating a midi length, it was obviously an easy adjustment. Having a midi length also made it much more wearable for me. As it a wrap skirt it means you don’t have to think too much about fitting as you can pull it tighter or looser which is perfect for fluctuating weight.

Close up of hand in the pocket of a wrap skirt


I love how the Leda skirt turned out and can definitely see me wearing it loads and making many more. I’d like to try a shorter version too for the warmer months.

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Ruby x