Heritage Rayon Cleo Skirt // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing an outfit with you that was rolling around in my head for a little while, and I'm so happy it's in physical form now!

The outfit consists of the Toaster Sweater #1, you can read all the details about the pattern and fabric HERE. I'm completely obsessed with this pattern at the moment, so be sure to head over there and check it out! But then come back and read about this equally awesome skirt. ;)

I purchased this fabric (Heritage Rayon in Treasured Kermes) from the Imagine Gnats shop this summer (sadly, now sold out), and intended to make a skirt or culottes with it.

Since, like many of you, I'm sure, my sewing list was miles long, and I just never got around to it. Then fall came, and finally the holiday season and I realized just how perfect this fabric is for all seasons and I NEEDED a skirt made from it!

Then came the mental battle of what skirt pattern to use... Or do I draft one myself?? I couldn't decide.

I finally settled on the Cleo skirt pattern, because as it turned out, I won the pattern in a giveaway done by Tori from The Doing Things Blog recently and it made my decision easy! *I also won an IndieSew gift card and purchased some awesome patterns with that as well. I hope to sew those up soon!!*

I am really happy with how this skirt turned out! The gathers are so lovely in this rayon fabric, and with the elasticated back waist, it is super comfy! And pockets. Pockets are always good. These are a great design element to an otherwise simple pattern.

I think this pattern is great to show off an awesome fabric. The pattern comes with 2 views, a knee length skirt with an accent panel at the bottom, and a midi length skirt. The details are easily interchangeable, the pockets can be added or eliminated on each view and it would be easy to add the contrast panel to the midi length as well.

The skirt is meant to be worn at the natural waist, and that is how I fit my elastic, but the bottom of this top covered up the top of the pockets in an unflattering way, so I just pulled the skirt down about an inch below my waist and the problem was solved!

I also hemmed the skirt to be about an inch above these boots, but since I ended up pulling it down, it looks a tad longer in these photos. But either way, I'm happy with the length!

This is definitely a fantastic beginner pattern and so cute! It's a winner for sure!

Toaster Sweater #1
Bamboo Stretch French Terry
Cleo Skirt
Heritage Rayon Challis Treasured Kermes
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