Sewing

Gypsum Skirts

Back in May I did a ridiculous amount of pattern testing. I basically sewed myself a whole new wardrobe just made up of pattern tests. And I have to say that I loved all of the things I sewed! I’ve been working my way through doing blog posts about the patterns I tested and this is the last of the bunch. Yay!

Black Gypsum 2

Black Gypsum 3

This is the Gypsum skirt pattern from Sew Liberated. This was my first time sewing a Sew Liberated pattern and I really enjoyed the process. Meg, the pattern designer, had been teasing this skirt on her Instagram for a while and I knew I wanted to make it. I happened to catch an Instagram post where she put out a call for testers for this pattern and I immediately volunteered.  I was thrilled when I was chosen– those giant pockets had been calling my name.

Black Gypsum 4

Black Gypsum 5

There are two views included in the pattern and I sewed both of them during testing. View A has the super fun, side panel pockets. View B is a basic a-line skirt with inseam pockets. Both views have wide elastic waistbands.

Black Gypsum 6

For View A, I used this Geneva Tencel rayon from Imagine Gnats. It’s a lightweight fabric and I think it worked really well for this skirt. The seams that join the side panels to the front and back of the skirt are flat felled, which I think would be pretty tricky with a shifty fabric. This tencel/rayon is pretty stable so flat felling worked out pretty well. If I make this again in something more slippery I would probably skip the flat felling and just serge/topstitch the seams for a similar effect.

Meg recommends Dritz Soft Waistband elastic for this pattern, which I hadn’t used before. It is so comfortable and it’s become my go-to for wide elastic waistbands. I wish I’d known about it ages ago! The instructions for the skirt recommend choosing your size based on your hip measurement. My waist falls into the size 12 and my hips fall into the size 16. I decided to grade from the 14 at the waist to the 16 at the hips to avoid having too much fabric gathered at my waist.

Black Gypsum 7

As I expected I completely love these fun, deep pockets and I can’t keep my hands out of them! The only thing I would change on this skirt is to add a little bit of width to the center back piece. I front is more gathered than the back and I’d like them to have the same amount of fullness. (This was mentioned during testing and I haven’t compared the final pattern to the test version to see if any changes were made to the pattern.)

Plum Gypsum 1

Plum Gypsum 3

My view B Gypsum skirt is made from a rayon crepe fabric that I got from Indiesew last year. I haven’t used rayon crepe before and I am going to be on the hunt for more of it. This fabric has such a lovely weight and drape. It turned out to be the perfect thing for this simple skirt.

Plum Gypsum 4

Plum Gypsum 5

I really expected to love View A the most but this view was a wonderful surprise. I love the shape and the length. There is a great design feature where the pockets are sewn into the waistband so they don’t flop around from back to front like inseam pockets tend to do. I think it’s great when designers think of things like that!

Plum Gypsum 6

This skirt became a fast favorite and I’ve worn it a bunch of times since I made it. This may be only the second plum colored garment I’ve ever made. I love the color as a skirt and I know I’ll be wearing it year round.

What do you think of the Gypsum skirt?

~Teri

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10 thoughts on “Gypsum Skirts

  1. Beautiful! Superb fabric/pattern matching and sewing knock this lovely pattern right out of the park. I’m going to break my ‘enough already’ pattern fast and purchase this one!

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  2. These look so everyday elegant! I can’t really integrate dresses into my wardrobe (I just never reach for them) but skirts are much more approachable.

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  3. I have Cleo and I’m working on muslin now of view B. Besides the pockets being sewn in to the waistband what do you think the differences are between the two patterns (view B and the second skirt above) I love the look of the Gypsum but am not sure what makes it different, besides the elastic waistband in the first version you have here, but other that that it looks similar to the shorter Cleo as well. Thanks!!!!

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    1. Hi Helen! The Cleo pieces are made from two rectangles, as I recall. The Gypsum skirt pattern pieces are a-line so there is less bulk at the waist and the skirt flares out toward the hem. I really like the flared shape of the Gypsum skirt but I also like the flat front option of the Cleo skirt. They are similar but different enough that I am glad I have both patterns.

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