Such a cute skirt!

A review of Nina Lee Camden Pinafore and Skirt

Reviewed by Mel Forrest on 18th January, 2020

Nina Lee has done a fantastic job of this pattern and I think sewists that have made a few garments and have experience of inserting a zip would get really good results.

I used a remnant of cotton twill from Merchant and Mills for my skirt. It’s at the lighter end of medium weight and I was worried it wouldn’t have enough structure for the skirt, but I think it’s worked really well. It’s soft enough to be very comfortable to wear, but holds the A-line shape nicely.

The instructions are good quality and well written, although they are not as detailed as some pattern companies. I had to use my previous experience to help me through a couple of the steps, particularly finishing the waistband.

I wanted the skirt to fit snuggly on my waist, so I decided to make the size 8. The only alteration I made was to sew with a 1cm seam allowance instead of 1.5cm at the centre back, just to give my bottom a bit of extra ease! I’m glad I made the longer version as the mini would have been super short and definitely not work-appropriate for me! The only thing I would do differently next time would be to trim the pocket linings 1/8th of an inch to stop them peeping out.

I really love the skirt and have enjoyed wearing it. I think the pocket detail is beautiful and the A-line shape gives a lovely silhouette. I’m on the look out for some nice indigo denim for my next version!