Easy peasy wardrobe staple!

A review of Helen's Closet Donovan Skirt

Reviewed by Mel Forrest on 17th May, 2020

This is a really lovely, simple pattern, which is ideal for beginner sewists and a quick, fun sew for those with more experience.

I used some absolutely gorgeous Mind the Maker viscose for my skirt, which I bought from Sew Me Sunshine. I was drawn to the colours and not quite sure how best to show off the large-scale print, but I think a simple skirt like the Donovan turned out to be a great choice.

I’ve raved about Helen’s instructions in every review of her patterns I’ve posted here and the Donovan skirt is no exception. They are expertly written, well illustrated and full of lots of good tips – you cannot fault them!

I made view A of the skirt, which is the longer length with side splits and I made a size 6 with no alterations. My hips always fall into a bigger size than my waist, but there’s no need to grade with this pattern, as the gathered, elasticated waist means you adjust the finished garment to fit you perfectly – ideal!

When browsing the hashtag and reading reviews before I made my skirt, I noticed a few people commented on the pocket openings being a bit floppy and sticking out. I added some strips of interfacing on the skirt front before I attached the pockets, which I think has helped minimise this. I think it is also less noticable when the skirt is worn quite high up on the natural waist.

I’m so pleased I used this special fabric for the Donovan skirt. It’s such a comfortable, easy-going garment and it’s ideal to dress up or down depending on how you style it. I made a Grainline Studio Willow Tank in the same fabric to wear as a faux dress, but it looks equally lovely with a casual tee. Another absolute winner from Helen’s Closet!