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Tilly VS Gemma {Skirt VS Skirt}

 

Tilly VS Gemma

A complete comparison of the Tilly Skirt and the Gemma Skirt.

This is the tale of two skirts, the Gemma Skirt pattern (by Violette Field Threads) on the left and the Tilly Skirt pattern by (Simple Life Pattern Company) on the right.  Most cousins are different, and Tilly and Gemma are too! They both love the park, doing each other’s hair, and TWIRLING!!!  After all, they are both circle skirts!  They also have differences and sometimes argue, but it always fixes itself.  More on that later!

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  First and most obviously, they both are circle skirts. The illustrations are photographs in both patterns.  They both love to pick flowers and have a picnic lunch!

Now the differences:

Sizes: Gemma can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 10.  Tilly can be made in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.

Number of Pattern Pieces:  This is really dependent on which size and variation you make, so for purposes of this comparison, we’re going to use the size 5.   Gemma has 4 pattern pieces (13 pages to print.)  Tilly has 2 pattern pieces (7 pages to print.) Gemma would rather go to a fancy dress ball, while Tilly prefers square dances and the like!

Price:  As of this date, the Gemma Pattern costs $8.95 while the Tilly Skirt is $8.   Also, Gemma fixes up hurts for ‘the little kids’ and Tilly buys them ice cream after!

Round 2: Variations

The Gemma pattern includes a blouse with the pattern.  It has a curved waistband in the front that is elastic in the back.  Also, the Gemma skirt has pockets.  Tilly can have 2 styles of waistband, yoga or elastic backed.  Tilly can be made with one or two layers.  (Or even 3 like we made!) Tilly can never make up her mind and Gemma has to help her sometimes!

Round 3: Sewing

Time:  Both of these skirt will take less than 2 hours to sew.

Fabric: Gemma skirt requires 1 3/4 yards of fabric.  Tilly can be made in woven or knit fabric and requires 7/8 yard per layer.

Notions: Both skirts require elastic and LOVE trampolines!  They always do a spin jumps!

Round 4: Fit/Style

Both the Gemma Skirt and the Tilly Skirt have a similar fit and style.  A twirly, twirly silhouette!  They both love dressing up!!!  We’ve made the Gemma Pattern 2 times (one with a reversible blouse, and the other with silk pockets!)  We’ve sewn the Tilly Skirt once, so far.

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are sure to have a very happy customer, who’s outfitted in a really cute skirt.  Our Skirt VS Skirt series is designed to help you decide which of the two wonderful skirt patterns we’re comparing is the right one for you.  We own both these patterns and have sewed them both, so we know what we’re talking about.

P.S.  Sometimes Tilly gets mad because she wants pockets too, but then Gemma points out that Tilly has a soft waistband, and then they bake cookies, and everything is OK again!

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Betty VS Perfectly Preppy {Skirt VS Skirt}

A through comparison by Skirt Fixation of the Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters and the Perfectly Preppy Skirt by Scientific Seamstress.

A through comparison by Skirt Fixation of the Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters and the Perfectly Preppy Skirt by Scientific Seamstress.

This is the tale of two young friends; Betty on the left and Preppy on the right. They had much in common, were the greatest pals, and their differences only made them similarly unique! If they chose one day to go to the country, that was no problem; Betty (a pattern by Shaffer Sisters) lived on a little farm with sweet gardens and cow pastures. If they chose to spend the day in the city, that was no problem either, Preppy (a pattern from Scientific Seamstress) knew all the best small bookstores and tea shops.

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  They both have a yoke, and elastic waist, and options for a pleated or gathered skirt.  They both love tea parties, walks in the park, and crayon drawings.  The illustrations are drawn in both patterns.   Both Betty and Perfectly Preppy have instructions for making a matching doll pattern.

Now the differences:

Sizes: Betty can be made in 29 sizes from newborn to 16X.  Perfectly Preppy can be made in 13 sizes from 6 months to 12 years.

Number of Pattern Pieces:  This is really dependent on which size and variation you make, so for purposes of this comparison, we’re going to use the version with large pleats in a size 5.   Betty has  2 pattern pieces (11 pages to print.)  Perfectly Preppy has 2 pattern pieces (9 pages to print.)

Price:  As of this date, the Betty Skirt costs $9 while the Perfectly Preppy Skirt is $7.50. Also, Betty would rather stay home and play with her pretend kitchen, while Preppy never misses a visit to the bookstore 🙂

Round 2: Variations

Betty has 4 style options, gathered, small pleats, large pleats and gathered with a placket.  Perfectly Preppy has 4 style variations, gathered or pleated, circle or rhumba.  It has instructions for adding a lining if desired.  Perfectly Preppy has optional shorts underneath.  Also, Perfectly Preppy has an option for double thickness pleats.  Finally, Perfectly Preppy offers several length variations.

Round 3: Sewing

Time:  Both of these skirt will take 2+ hours to sew.  Some of the variations may add extra time.

Fabric: Both skirts require 1.5 yards of fabric for a pleated size 5.

Notions: Both skirts require elastic.  The placket variation on the Betty Skirt will require buttons as well.

Round 4: Fit/Style

Both the Betty Skirt and the Perfectly Preppy Skirt have a similar fit and style.  We’ve made the Betty Skirt 3 times (Seaside theme, Honeybee theme and a refashioned one.)  We’ve sewn the Perfectly Preppy Skirt once.

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are sure to have a very happy customer, who’s outfitted in a really cute skirt.  Our Skirt VS Skirt series is designed to help you decide which of the two wonderful skirt patterns we’re comparing is the right one for you.  We own both these patterns and have sewed them both, so we know what we’re talking about!  Which skirt patterns would you like to see compared next?

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Molly VS Lottie {Skirt VS Skirt}

Comparison of these two skirt patterns by Skirt Fixation

Today we are introducing you to two lovely young skirts. Here on the right, ladies and gentlemen, we have Molly, a sweet and timeless garment designed by Peekaboo Pattern Shop, (affiliate link) and on the left we have Lottie, a playful and humorous little skirt designed by Violette Field Threads. They have many things in common, buuuuut they also have some unique differences.

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first. They both are little girl skirts with suspenders.  Lottie and Molly both love tea parties, stuffed bears and shiny things.  The instructions are both illustrated with photos.

Now the differences.

Sizes: Molly skirt can be made in 11 different sizes from 3 months to 8 years

The Lottie can be made in 8 sizes from 2T to 10

Number of pattern pieces:  Molly has 0 pattern pieces, just dimensions (0 pieces of paper.)

Lottie skirt has 3 pattern pieces and uses 16 pieces of paper if you print all the sizes and variations.  You can choose to print just the variation you are making, and this will cut down on the amount of paper used.

Price:  As of this date, the Molly skirt costs $7.95 and the Lottie skirt costs $8.95.  The Lottie skirt can also be purchased as a paper pattern, both are available as PDFs.

Round 2: Variations

Both these skirts can be varied easily in length by adding or subtracting from the hemline.  Another common variation for both is to eliminate the suspenders, like we did when we sewed the Molly Skirt.  Molly likes warm bakeries with the smell of fresh bread and libraries full of picture books. The Lottie skirt has three different strap variations: plain, pleated (the one we sewed) or scalloped, as well as 3 different hem variations: plain, scalloped or double (this one we sewed.)  The Forest Friends pockets can be added to the Lottie skirt.  Lottie enjoys picturesque meadows, woodland streams and Sunday picnics.  Lottie will find fairies for you, and Molly will find a book about fairies to increase your knowledge.

Round 3: Sewing

Time: The Molly skirt can be sewn in about 1 hour.  The Lottie skirt can be sewn in 2 hours, Forest Friends pockets add additional time.

Fabric:  Both of these patterns recommend using woven fabrics.  The Molly skirt requires 1.25 yards (for the largest size) and the Lottie skirt uses 2.5 yards (for the largest size with a double hem.)

Notions: The Molly skirt required buttons and a hook and eye.  The Lottie skirt requires elastic for the side elastic panels.

Round 4: Fit/Style

The Molly skirt is an exact fit skirt on the narrow waistband.  Then it flares out due to the tight gathers.  The suspenders run parallel to each other.  The Lottie skirt will probably fit the wearer longer due to the elastic at the wide waistband.  It is also gathered below the fitted waistband.  The suspenders are v-shaped, beginning in the center front and back. Both Molly and Lottie definitely agree on one thing; ice cream parlors are the best!

Molly VS Lottie graphic

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are bound to be very happy, and wearing a hand made skirt.  Plus, you will have an excuse to reward yourself with a trip to the ice cream parlor; don’t forget to take Lottie and Molly!  Now to the playground for recess!

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Syrah VS A-line Yoga {Skirt VS Skirt}

The Syrah skirt and the Yoga A-line skirt face off in 5 rounds.

A fun comparison of two knit maxi skirts, the Syrah and Jocole's Yoga A-line

Now you may be saying; “Hold up, we ain’t in wit’ this.  In this here day and age, we know it be destructive to compare women’s bodies or skirts or whatev. We’s ALL beautiful.”  That’s definitely true.  However, just think of the Jocole’s Yoga A-line skirt and Baste + Gather’s Syrah skirt as friends who entered a Queen of the Beach contest purely for fun.  They’re competing against each other, but no matter who wins, they’re still going to get Starbucks together at 3:00 on Tuesdays and neither of them would even think of shopping for shoes without the other one.

 

Round 1: Pattern

Let’s talk about what these two patterns have in common first.  They both come only in PDF format.  They both love iced mocha lattes.  And both patterns use drawn illustrations rather than photographs for the instructions.

Now the differences.

Sizes: Yoga A-line skirt can be made in 7 different sizes from XS (0-2) to XXXL (24-26)

The Syrah can be made in 12 sizes from 00 – 20

Number of pattern pieces:  Yoga A-line Skirt has 2 pattern pieces and uses 11 pieces of paper.

Syrah skirt has 3 pattern pieces and uses 22 pieces of paper if you print all the sizes.  You can choose to print just your size and this may cut down on the amount of paper used.

Price: As of this date, the Syrah skirt costs $12.00 and the Yoga A-line skirt costs $10.

Also, Syrah loves sushi, and can’t understand why Yoga A-line doesn’t.

Round 2: Variations

The Syrah skirt has 8 style variations including the hemline, length and cut of the skirt.  Syrah wears flowers in her hair and loves the ocean.  The Yoga A-line skirt has 11 variations of length and cut.  Each skirt has 2 waistband options, but all 4 are different.  Yoga A-line likes small restaurants in big cities, and the smell of fresh ink.  The Syrah waistband can be ruched or flat, the Yoga A-line skirt waistband can be regular or foldover.  The Syrah skirt has a lining.  The Yoga A-line skirt has a matching girl pattern that can also be purchased.

Round 3: Sewing

This round is fairly short as each of these skirts only take about an hour to sew.  Each of these patterns uses a similar amount of fabric, and the same type of fabric, knit.  Both Syrah and Yoga A-line are into comfort; they argue over which of them is the most ‘chill’, but end up agreeing that they probably wouldn’t be ‘chill’ if they didn’t have each other as friends.

Round 4: Fit/Style

We’ve made each of these skirts several times (you can see them on our All The Skirts page) so we know about the fit.  The Syrah skirt has a lining, so can be made from lighter fabrics without needing to wear a slip underneath.  It fits loosely around the hips and flares nicely around the hem.  The Yoga A-line skirt hugs the hips and then tapers out to the hem.

And the winner is:

You!  If you choose to sew either one of these skirts, you are bound to be very happy, and most importantly, wearing a hand made skirt.  Now to Starbucks for drinks all around!

The Syrah skirt and the Yoga A-line skirt face off in 5 rounds.