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I bumped into an indie designer by the name of Sofilantjes while checking out Dutch sewing blogs. She has some great designs and patterns for sale in English and Dutch too. She even has a free pattern for the Liv Skirt. So I thought I better test this one out!
The Liv skirt uses knit fabric with a contrast piece for a shallow pocket. I love the look of the pocket but they are quite small/shallow. Next time I would either make them a little bigger so that they are more useful or have a faux pocket just for the look.
I think it’s safe to say she likes it! Always a bonus bonus when you’ve gone to the trouble to make it for her! As for the sizing it was pretty spot on for Hannah who is 7 years old and measured up perfectly for the size 7/8. If you are not a fan of short skirts then I would a little length to the pattern. Hannah is quite tall so I would add a little more length on the next one. But it will look great over a pair of leggings or stockings too.
I used a piece of fabric I found at the Salvation Army Store for 50 cents and the contrast polka dots came from my stash. You might recognise it from my Ruffle Knit Tube Skirt! I used a double needle for the binding on the pockets, joining the pocket piece and for topstitching the waistband. I attatched the waistband using a small zigzag stitch and finished the raw edges using the overlocker but zigzag would have worked fine too.
The Sofilantjes Liv Skirt was a uncomplicated make. The pattern comes with seperate instructions which are fairly straight forward if you have a little experience. I think a new beginner may struggle a little with the small diagrams. There are only 6 pages to print and the assembling is nice and easy!
All in all I really enjoyed this make and the skirt is very cute! I will be keeping an eye on Sofilantjes to see what they do next!