Lucinda Skirt Pattern
By Amy Mayen
I promised I show you my Lucinda skirt, and here it is! I got the pattern at BeMyGoth.
There are several other patterns to choose from too. I also have the under bust corset pattern, and I can’t wait to try it!
Parnuuna was one of the first people in the blogosphere who reached out to me. Before I started my blog, and while I began building my site, she shared graphic tips (yeah, my graphics still suck but you shoulda seen them before!) and helped me understand SEO. She even helped me choose plug-ins and taught me how to use them. A friend like her is invaluable.
What I’ve found learned about her throughout our friendship and by reading her blog, is that Parnuuna has many years of industry experience. She knows the correct way and all the tricks to make high quality, industry standard garments. Her draping and pattern drafting skills are superb. Plus she has the graphic skills to back them up, and produce industry level PDFs. So you can imagine that I might’ve been a little intimidated to sew one of her creations right?
I got a beautiful garment from her pattern, even though my ambition often exceeds my talent. When I tell you this is an industry level pattern, what I mean is that couture fashion house wouldn’t scoff at her work.
Every piece of this pattern trues perfectly, and is graded to perfection. I’ve ran into commercial patterns that don’t true properly, and PDFs by independent designers are even more of a hit & miss. I can’t begin to tell you how impressive the Lucinda Skirt pattern is.
The skirt features a lovely pleated pocket and a corset style structured waist. The beautiful high waistband isn’t just for looks, it also slims. Yal, I swear it even made my mannequin look skinnier, and that skinny bee-yotch didn’t need the help. That alone is enough for me to make a dozen or so! And while I’m hatin’ on my mannequin…is she leaning?
The skirt is fully lined. I used a lime green lining, to match my lime green contrast stitching. When I have bright, pretty lining in a garment it makes me feel very posh. It’s like sexy underwear. You don’t see it, but I know it’s there. (Sidenote: I’ve been loving neons lately, did you see my recent outfit post?!)
I made a modification by losing some
a lot of the length. That was just because I was too chicken to mess with the skirt vent. After using the pattern, I have so much more confidence in my sewing. I’ve got sewing swagga even! The instructions are great, so I’ll definitely be making another one, vent and all.
I installed my first invisible zipper, and it’s pretty decent. I didn’t seam rip once! Another tribute to good directions! I also learned a couple tailors tricks, including a “witch stitch”.
Parnuuna worked as a teacher until very recently, training people to sew & make garments. She was devastated when she lost her job due to budget cuts. (Parnuuna, I’m I hope you don’t mind me sharing your history, but it’s just so RELATABLE to those of us here in the States. Every one of us have felt or seen the sting of our current economy.)
But instead of crying about it, ( well, there may have been some tears…) she decided to launch her own pattern line and focus full time on her blog (for as long as she can afford to). She also works in a fabric shop, does tailoring jobs on the side, and has an Etsy shop where she sells her creations!
A selfish confession: I would really like Parnuuna to keep making awesome PDFs. I’d consider it a personal favor if you plus, pin, like, and tweet her patterns, so that she can stay home & make patterns all day for me to buy. Hop over there when you get a chance!
Thanks for reading guys!