The Sandbridge Skirt is basically a dream skirt come true! Several Indie designers have produced patterns for sewing your own jeans, but this is the first one we’ve found for a denim skirt. And because it’s from one of our favorite pattern companies, Hey June Patterns, we’re totally enthralled.
The Sandbridge Skirt has all the details of jeans, in a skirt. The Sandbridge Skirt pattern can be sewn in 11 sizes from 2 to 22. There are 2 possible views to sew, View A, which is a mini, and View B which I sewed. Both views can have a raw hem like I made, or there are instructions to give the hem a more finished look. To make this one knee length for my 6’ tall frame, I added 3 inches to the hem.
The Sandbridge Skirt is designed to sit on the hips, and I made the size 6, expecting my body shape to still change a little due to being 5 months postpartum. It currently sits lower than my waist, but not quite on my hips. In the above photo, you can see the little reason it’s not fitting quite yet peeking out over my arm! Also, it’s paired with my navy blue Seafarer top, for a more casual look.
For the next Sandbridge Skirt I make, I plan to change the shape of the hem to be slightly a-line rather than narrowing at the hem as this one does. This is simply due to the fact that I have to randomly break into a sprint to catch one child or another. And this hemline is just a bit constricting for that type of activity.
The fabric for this Sandbridge Skirt is some Richloom Ellery Floral Denim Fabric By The Yard purchased from fabric.com several years ago. It is actually cotton duck fabric, but acts just like denim.
The Sandbridge Skirt pattern is very well drafted. Since I have sewn jeans for my sons, that gives me some experience in this type of sewing. But I have to say the zip fly instructions are the best I’ve come across!
Speaking of finished look, the inside of the Sandbridge Skirt is a thing of beauty! I used the opportunity to use some delicious chambray to finish the waistband inside, and a little yellow grosgrain ribbon tag.
As with any jean pattern, topstitching is key to making the finished product not look home made. Once again, I find it ironic to spend hours making an article of clothing NOT look like I sewed it! I had fun with the back pockets, and what you see here is actually my 2nd attempt, the first ended up too fancy for my liking with everything else going on with this skirt! And those back crossed belt loops tickle me too.
The other garment featured in these photos is the Trevi Top. It is another pattern by Hey June Patterns, and has some really special details. When this pattern was released, I immediately envisioned it in lace! My version happens to be a skirt I refashioned, and I’ll have a full tutorial later in the week.
The button up back feature is one of my favorite parts of the Trevi Top. I kept the original tie from the waist of the skirt, and by weaving it in and out of the holes I can give the waistline a little definition if I want to. In my opinion, it looks better belted with a long skirt, and unbelted with a shorter skirt like this.
Incidentally, only the top button on this Trevi Top is functional, and I forgot to button it for this photo shoot! This makes is easier to button up, and made the construction easier because of the lace. Is the Sandbridge Skirt worth it? For me it’s a definite yes!
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