Pattern: Paprkia Pattern's Jade Skirt
Fabric: 1 yd knit jersey for shell, 1 yd knit jersey for lining
Today I have a #ThrowBackThursday for you! Last summer I had the opportunity to test out Lisa's very first pattern, the Jade Skirt. It has made the rounds over the last few years as the folded mini (see Dixie DIY's version from last year). Lisa has been developing it off and on as she's traveled the countryside in her camper van (how bohemian!), and after all this time it is finally a fully-graded pattern available for sale! (At a name-your-price rate, too.)
Because I made up the pattern last year, for today's post I dug deep into my drafts and found these year-old pics from the archives. They were taken on my patio, before Mr. Made convinced me he should be my photographer, and before I got my new camera. While it is grainy, that curly 'do is making me re-think growing out my bangs!
Here's the (unpublished) post about the pattern that I wrote up last year:
I have previously written about how much I love Lisa's innovative style, and watched as she took on Pattern Magic books, fabric printing, and her own designs. That is why it's exciting to get in her mind with her first pattern, the Jade Skirt. Paprika Patterns are marketed as 'clean and clever' sewing patterns, and I've also heard Lisa describe them as "patterns for edgier designs." All these elements are nicely incorporated into this skirt, which has a lot of visual interest and construction, yet overall is very sleek and clean.
Putting the pattern together was definitely a bit like doing origami or a Japanese drape drape book. I liked having a project where you take your time with the construction, and it reaally pays off! I recommend doing it in a medium-weight jersey, as my tissue weight ended being hard to fold and keep in place. After all the folding though, you pretty much just sew up the side seams and you're good to go!
While the solid colored versions look amazing, I made mine up in stripes. The print obscures the folds a little, but I think it makes for a really interesting effect. This is the midi length version, which is perfect for me.
Overall, the pattern was a joy to construct, with amazingly detailed and helpful instructions that lead you through a variety of different construction options. Hop on over to her site to name your price and pick up your own copy!