Pattern Testing- Cressida Skirt

After the wedding was over (and with it all the planning that had taken up so much of our time for so many months), I kept getting asked what I was going to do with all my new free time when I got home. My answer was, “Whatever I want!”. I knew I wouldn’t have a hard time finding things to do and just a couple of days after we got home, I got an email asking me if I wanted to be pattern tester for Jennifer Lauren‘s new Cressida Skirt Pattern. Hell yeah, I did! I jumped on that opportunity. I had never been a pattern tester before, but I loved the idea of being a part of something like that and that it had a deadline. Deadlines are good. Plus, I got the pattern for free!

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This was my first time sewing with a pdf pattern. I don’t know why I had shied away from it for so long. If all pdf patterns are this easy to assemble, then I was scared for no reason. I’m glad I had a good first experience with a pdf pattern, because it just opened me up to a bunch of patterns I’d been avoiding because they do not come in a printed version… like more of Jennifer Lauren’s patterns. Hello Bronte top!

It was a fairly quick sew and the instructions were very clear. I didn’t do a muslin, because I figured that since it was a circle skirt, all I really had to do was make sure the waist fit, so that saved time. I think it looks cute that it sits at my actual waist, but if I make it again, I’ll probably make it a size bigger, just so it sits a little lower on the hips, but that’s just a personal preference for how I like my skirts to fit.

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I also love that it has pockets. The pattern is designed very well, so the pockets stay closed and don’t flare out at all.

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The fabric I used is a “Strawberry” Chambray from Pacific Fabrics. How could I resist with a name like that? I’m also proud of myself for picking a solid colored fabric for a change. As a result, this skirt will make a nice staple. I think I am finally getting better at making things I will actually wear. It goes so well with my Violet Blouse too!

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Practicing my model “step” move.
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The buttons I used looked kind of like strawberries to me, so I thought they would go perfect with the “Strawberry” Chambray fabric.

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front

Here it is on the dress form, so you can see what it looks like without a belt.

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back

In the final pattern, I think that the belt tabs have been moved forward more towards the center of the front and back. It’s a small thing and I wasn’t unhappy with where they ended up, but I could see how it might look better. Just something to note if you do buy this pattern.

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Big thanks to Jennifer Lauren for giving me the opportunity to be a pattern tester for her. Pattern designing seems like such a huge and daunting task and I have no idea how it’s even done. I would imagine there’s a lot of math involved… and patience. So hats off to her for creating such a lovely pattern. This was a great experience for me and I hope I will get to do it again!

2 thoughts on “Pattern Testing- Cressida Skirt

  1. Tehee, maths, yes, so much maths! For someone who really disliked maths growing up, now I spend my days measuring and playing with shapes and figuring out how one fits into another.

    Thanks so much for testing Lilly, you gave such great and detailed feedback which has hopefully made the pattern even better 🙂

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