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I’ve been kicking off the new year with a bunch of things for MY wardrobe! It’s a nice change! Itch to Stitch’s Quebec Skirt seemed like a fairly quick and easy skirt to test out AND I had fabric in my stash to use up! Win win!
Quebec is perfect for mid-weight stretch wovens such as denim and twill. The skirt has an elastic waist, back vent, real pockets, and faux fly front. So basically, you have the look of a denim skirt with all the details and none of the fly front sewing hassle! This is a downloadable digital PDF pattern available in sizes 00 – 40 (hip 33 1/8″ – 62 1/2″).
Since the skirt needs to fit over your hips, it’s intended to be sewn for your hip size and not graded at the waist. I sewed a size 8 all over, but my waist is a size 4 and I ended up with a bit of gaping in the back. I had thought the elastic would cinch that in sufficiently, but if I made another one, I would either bring in the waist a little and/or do a sway back adjustment (you’d need to compare the finished measurements with your waist and hip size, and consider the stretch in your fabric to determine whether this would be a possibility with yours).
I was able to make my Quebec skirt with just a yard of stretch denim – I *think* it was a JoAnn remnant! For top stitching, I used Gutermann top stitching thread in my Schmetz top-stitching needle, and regular sew all thread in my bobbin, and lengthened the stitch to 3.5. My Bernina #10 edge stitch foot was the perfect tool for achieving nice, straight and even stitching lines!
For the pocket lining, I used a fat quarter of quilting cotton that had been in my stash forever. While no one can see it, it’s still a fun thing that *I* know is there!
To create the design on the back pocket, I used the free design pack from Closet Core Patterns.
Complexity wise, I’d rate this skirt as beginner+ or intermediate. There are no closures, so that makes things pretty simple, but the back vent was a little fiddly, and beginners may have difficulty doing contrast top stitching. Of course, you don’t *have* to do that, so that may be a non-issue for you!
Also, I got to try something *new* with this pattern! I installed rivets for the first time! I was nervous, thinking it would be a fail (there’s a reason I bought a tabletop press for installing grommets!), so I was pleasantly surprised that they hammered in perfectly! It did take a bit of effort to get them through all the layers though. I did have to hammer the fabric a bit to flatten it out first.
The Itch to Stitch Quebec Skirt is on sale for one week! You can also get an extra discount by bundling it with other patterns you’ve had your eye on!