The last skirt we showed you in the series All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics was the Whitney skirt for girls. Since we were so enamored with that skirt, we simply had to sew up the Whitney skirt for women next.
The Whitney skirt by Violette Field Threads is a pleated skirt (and trousers) pattern. This pattern comes in 8 sizes from 2 to 16. As you can see, it is a great pattern to make for tweens and teens. The instructions are photo illustrated. The pleats are constructed differently than for the girl’s Whitney skirt, and come out just as beautifully.
Our instructions had an error in them (the first time we’ve ever come across an error in a Violette Field Threads pattern!) but we emailed Jessica and Ericka, and within a very short time had the corrected instructions. If you are making the Whitney skirt pattern, the first instructions say to trace the pattern markings onto the main skirt front. There are no pattern markings, so here’s what Jessica & Ericka instructed me to do. You will take your skirt that has been cut on the fold, leaving it folded, mark the skirt into thirds and cut the skirt piece two times (see the picture). This will give you 5 pieces now. If you already have the Whitney skirt pattern, you will need to do this too. But the fabulous ladies over at Violette Field Threads quickly fixed the instructions, so if you buy the Whitney pattern now, it will have those corrected instructions. I love a company with fabulous customer service!
We made 2 alterations to the Whitney skirt pattern. Since Aria is growing like a weed, we added length to the bottom of the Whitney skirt pattern pieces. The other change we made was accidental. Somehow the skirt ended up too big for Aria after it was completed, and so I added elastic to the back (just like the girl’s Whitney skirt.) I’m positive this was a measuring mistake on my part, and not due to the pattern, but it was an easy fix.
The fabric we used was again a perfect match for the Whitney skirt. This fabric is yarn dyed linen by Robert Kaufman from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It is a linen rayon blend and so holds those pleats spectacularly without wrinkling. It is also a little heavier than regular linen and so works in the cooler temperatures we’ve been having. Besides the charcoal grey we used, Raspberry Creek Fabrics has it in navy blue also.
We’ve been working on Aria’s wardrobe because of aforementioned growth spurt, and so we made her another Julia Sweater by Compagnie M. The sweater knit fabric came from JoAnn’s and the gray contrast fabric is a double knit from Urban Sew. She is also wearing the Granville shirt she made this summer.
We hope you’ve been sewing up some Violette Field Threads patterns too! Or maybe you’ve found some luscious fabric at Raspberry Creek Fabrics? Well, now you can enter to win, too. Simply link up anything you’ve made this year with a Violette Field Threads pattern or fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway too. Two winners will each receive 5 PDF pattern from Violette Field Threads and $50 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.
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