Thursday, July 20, 2017
Hey June Patterns Sandbridge Skirt
The Sandbridge Skirt is here! It's a casual skirt designed for woven bottom weight fabrics such as denim, corduroy, sateen, and velvet. It features traditional five pocket styling, a functioning zip fly, and a contoured waist band. The hem can be left raw or turned up for more formal look. I have been living in this skirt since I finished my tester versions! Check out more info (and swoon worthy pics) in her post and in the listing. It comes in women's sizes 2-22. There's a discount code in the Hey June Patterns Facebook group. ;)
I was a little tentative to join the testing group because I had never sewn a zip fly or shortened a metal zipper or installed a jeans button or belt loops or sewn bartacks. I also hadn't (and still haven't) installed rivets. I managed to buy the parts (at two separate stores that involved an entire store hearing how my three year old wanted to stay in the (hot!) car- it's 95F here and I couldn't leave the car idling) only to discover we don't own a rubber mallet. I have since learned there are other options to the rubber mallet but haven't tried them yet. Anyway, I digress. I was a little intimidated but Adrianna's instructions helped me to successfully sew the zipped fly right the first time!! Sewing level unlocked!!
As is typical for Hey June patterns there is excellent drafting, notches to align pattern pieces, detailed instructions to customize fit, clear and helpful text and illustrations, the option to print in layers, and beautiful finishes and details.
I love the style of this skirt! I have been wearing it nonstop. (Half-hearted apologies to people who see me multiple days in a row). The pieces came together well and the instructions are professional and thorough. I love a good clean finish!! There's also a sew along starting on Monday, July 24.
Let's talk about the blue one first. This was my final version and I used a J Crew overstock twill that I scored in the remnants section of Imagine Gnats's shop. I may have joked that this is my J Crew skirt (since I don't have any). The twill has a little bit of stretch. I sewed a size 12 since my hips are between a 10 and 12. My waist is closer to the size 12. It is a little roomy but extremely comfortable (and doesn't cut in) when I sit. I used a non metal 4 inch zipper just to see what happened and it went in easily. I probably could've shortened the zipper by 1/4 inch at the bottom but was following the instruction's directions for sewing the zipper (not for the zipper type) and it works well. I omitted the belt loops for this one because I don't own any belts. I serged the bottom and turned it up once. I used denim thread for all the top stitching and used leftover blueberry fabric (leftover from Ansley's first day of second grade geranium dress and Lisbon's matching geranium dress because I like to match them while they still like to match; more dresses that never got blogged) for the pockets and inner waistband. You can see a picture on instagram (@replicatethendeviate). I couldn't get the jeans button shank (is that what it's called) to pierce the waistband so I foolishly used the tip of my scissors. The scissors went in too easily and cut a slash in the waistband. I zigzagged it and hand stitched it as best as I could. Luckily it's on the underneath section of the waistband and behind the button so it's not super visible but lesson learned!! Don't make my mistake! In these pics I'm wearing a Hey June Aurora Tee without the long sleeve portion. I sewed it up entirely on my serger so it's not perfect since I'm still figuring out the serger but it was good practice. It's in a heavier knit from Imagine Gnats' remnant section.
This green one was my first tester version. It came out a little big (the fit was adjusted during testing, which is normal/appreciated) so I need to get a belt to wear it if I put my phone in my pocket or if Lisbon tugs on it (which she does. She's very affectionate). I think it'll be perfect with a belt though or layered over leggings in the winter. The green is a denim with a tiny bit of stretch that has been in The Stash for a few years. I think I bought it at Hancock Fabrics. I had intended to make a coat with it but after reading some negative (but helpful) reviews about the coat pattern I changed my mind. I used some scraps from Ansley's city gym shorts (also on instagram) that were from the lisette line Joann carried a few years ago. Since I was using scraps I had to piece together several short bias strips for the waist but it was just a little extra work and totally worth it. I used the recommended metal zipper and removed the teeth and reinstalled the stops with some help from Tyrone. I topstitched two lines of stitching with the grey topstitch thread and left the hem raw (as instructed). I will probably practice installing rivets when we get a rubber mallet. I paired this skirt with my Hey June Union St Tee in laguna cotton also from Imagine Gnats. (not sponsored. I just like her and her fabrics and her service and thought it funny that a theme appeared).
I am contemplating sewing another in canvas or a dressier sateen or a true blue jeans denim. Which one do you think I should do next? What's your first version going to be? If you'd like to use my affliate link you'd be the first. :) There is no additional cost to you and the small compensation will help me maintain The Stash. Thanks for stopping by!!