Such a great pattern!

A review of Estuary Skirt

Mel Forrest

Reviewed by Mel Forrest on 29th July, 2019

Do you ever tuck a cut of fabric away in your stash, then months later when a new pattern is released, realise that it was completely destined for that project?! I bought 3 beautiful metres of block printed cotton in a vibrant shade of red while we were in India in October and as soon as I saw the Estuary skirt I knew it was a perfect match!

This is a another fantastic pattern by Sew Liberated and because of the clear, well-written and helpful instructions it would be suitable for an adventurous beginner. I say adventurous, but other than plackets, button holes (more about that in a minute) and an elasticated waistband, this is a very straightforward and enjoyable sew.

I made a size 4 with no alterations and chose the size I was going to make entirely on the finished waistband measurement (27.4″). I knew I wanted the waistband to fit snugly (my waist measures around 27″) and that because of the full skirt, my hip measurement (38″, which incidentally would suggest I make a size 10!) would be obsolete. I’m really pleased with the fit and it’s exactly what I wanted.

Let’s talk about those buttons… I know lots of people are not fans, but I flipping love sewing button holes and stitching on buttons! All 8 of my buttons are fully functioning, but because of the elasticated waist I actually only need to undo the top two to get the skirt on and off. So don’t let the thought of making all those button holes put you off!

I’m really pleased with my Estuary skirt and it’s been so nice to wear during the warm weather this summer – perfectly light and swishy! I will definitely be making another – next time I fancy a longer version in a darker fabric for the cooler weather with some in-seam pockets – what do you think?