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The Adriana Skirt by Athina Kakou

I love wearing skirts. I love that, provided that the fabric is right, you can wear the same skirt all year round, pairing it with different tops to get different looks. I've come to love the two pieces of a skirt and a blouse, especially since my kids were born, because nursing is just simpler. So, let me tell you about my latest skirt sew - the Adriana by Athina Kakou!

I was drawn to this beauty by Athina Kakou. I mentioned on my blog post for the Suzy Dress that this was my first time trying this pattern designer for these tests, and I was beyond impressed. I blindly agreed to test two of the three new patterns she is releasing. I'm so glad they fit well and that I liked them! Once I saw the drawings and photos, I just couldn't pass up making them!

I mentioned on my other post (for the Suzy Dress), that so many of her styles could be considered "classic" or "timeless," and like the Suzy Dress, the Adriana skirt is no exception. This skirt is absolutely beautiful, and could be used for many different occasions, depending on fabric and styling. 

Let me tell you about this skirt:

You've probably seen lots of skirts, and many skirt patterns, but I doubt you've ever seen one identical to this. This is a truly original design, and really eye-catching.

This skirt pattern is drafted for woven fabrics. You will need a wider fabric (not your typical 44 inch cottons). You'll want something that holds its shape well (because of the pleats and waistband). The pattern includes excellent, fully illustrated instructions explaining every step. I wouldn't say it's a beginner project, just because of the zipper, although the instructions for the zipper were so good, that I feel like almost anyone would be able to handle it! You will use an invisible zipper, and I would advise grabbing an invisible zipper foot as well. I have only had a few opportunities to use mine, but it's one of those things I'm glad I have!

This is made with one pattern piece for the front skirt, with the pleats clearly marked, and a separate pattern piece for the back (you'll cut two mirroring pieces). There is a waistband piece. It is put together with a center back (invisible) zipper. There are three beautiful pleats on one side of the front skirt. There are two waistband options - you can choose either the regular waistband (that hits just at your natural waist) or a paper-bag style waist (where the pleats extend beyond the waistband piece up above the natural waist). 

This pattern includes a 5/8" seam allowance. 

My Skirt:

I used a lightweight denim I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I think it was about 58" wide. I felt like it was the perfect fabric for this skirt. It is lightweight enough that it is comfortable to wear, but sturdy enough that it provides the structure necessary for the waistband and pleats. The structure helps the pleats maintain their shape throughout the day.

I chose my size based on my measurements, according to the included measurement chart, and I am very happy with the fit. For my size, I used a little under two yards to sew this skirt. I REALLY love this skirt! 

I chose to make the basic regular waistband. Both are stunning, but based on the drawings, this waistband seemed more "me." 

The skirt is a bit longer than knee length, and perfect for nearly any occasion. Made in denim, it is the perfect everyday skirt. I wouldn't even mind wearing the denim to church with a pretty blouse. I feel certain that it could make a stunning holiday party outfit if you used something like satin! There are so many possibilities with this pattern! I'm looking forward to making another!

Isn't this pretty?

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