Classic denim gets an update with the Ellis Skirt! Designed for stretch wovens, this skirt pattern promises a flawless fit with two pelvis options (apple or pear), a shaped yoke, fitted waistband, and tailored back darts.
View A is an iconic jean skirt, featuring a knee-length hem, front slit, rivets, belt loops, and rounded 5-pocket design, while View B is a flirty mini-skirt with clever diagonal pockets and topstitching detail.
You'll receive a printed copy of the pattern, containing all sizes. (For the PDF pattern version, click here)
SEWING LEVEL: Intermediate
SIZING: 12 to 28, with apple and pear fit options.
Main: Mid- to heavy-weight stretch woven fabrics such as denim (10 – 12 oz), corduroy, or canvas, with at least 15% stretch across the grain. Lining: non-stretch cotton. Interfacing: knit (stretch) or woven fusible, depending on preference for stretch in waistband.
Denim / jeans needle, topstitching needle, regular thread, topstitching thread, 7” (18 cm) metal jeans zipper, 1 jeans button or hook and bar closure, 8 jeans rivets (optional).
Point turner, hammer, awl (or nail).
Honestly I knew for a while that a jeans skirt (or a more structured skirt) was something that was missing from my wardrobe, but I hemmed and hawed at trying to find a pattern. Especially since finding one in my size was an issue, and big four patterns, have been for me, very hit or miss. I have made view A and I love, Love, LOVE IT! Can't wait to make view B, the only thing stopping me, is time constraints!
Well I was a tester for this skirt. I am 66 years old and have a belief that pencil skirts do not look good on me. That was my starting point for this project. I thought I had some denim in my stash when I agreed to test this skirt. It’s been a while since I made it so my memory is a bit rusty. I sewed up the 18 pear pelvis as my waist was about 38-39” and my hip about 47”.
The pattern went together very well as per usual. I did used the longer length but did end up shortening the pattern by about 4”.
I thought about it for quite a while and I did widen the bottom of the pattern pieces by 1” each in the front and back piece on the side seam only. I just wanted to take out the pegged shape a bit. I figured I could sew that out if I changed my mind while sewing.
So when I found out I had used up the denim I searched around my stash to see what I had and settled on a piece of stretch poplin in a denim weight.
I am very happy with how this came together and will be making another one for this summer in a denim. I did not do all the extras like back pockets only because the busy pattern on this fabric would mean the details would be wasted and lost in the print.
So I have learned not to believe everything I think. I now think I can wear a slim skirt and look pretty great. Lol.