I’ve already introduced you to the first two patterns in my Sew News Magazine capsule collection for the Sew With Me series–the Josie Sundress and the Departure Shift– and today it’s time to meet the third of the four patterns! So today I am happy to introduce the Anya Skirt!
This is a classic circle skirt that has been in style for decades. My skirt doesn’t break any molds necessarily, and I wanted to stick to the style of skirt we all know and love. But despite its timeless appeal, I have yet to find a circle skirt that I really love, so maybe you’re in the same boat and this will be the one for you as it is for me.
My circle skirt features a lined and interfaced waistband that is about 1" wide when finished and a 9" invisible zipper in the side seam. I wanted a narrow and feminine waistband, but with perfectly professional finishes. That’s how my skirt is different from the others–the finish is perfect. The front and back of the skirt are seamless, so it's a wonderful garment for featuring your favorite all-over print.
I have two versions sewn up in beautiful Cotton + Steel cotton lawn prints that I’ve been loving and wearing with Lark Tees. The Anya Skirt lands just above the knee so it’s short and fun, but not too short. The hem is narrow and topstitched.
The editors at Sew News asked me for a circle skirt, so I wanted to keep with the classic shape and stick to the original roots of the garment. I was channeling Audrey Hepburn’s character from Roman Holiday the entire time and that’s where the name Anya came from too.
And after spending time in Rome this summer, I knew that the color of the background had to mimic the breathtaking golden orange-yellow on so many of the buildings in Rome. A simply stunning place that will likely inspire more of my designs in the future.
When it came time to drawing the cover lady, I knew I wanted something of interest on the upper part of her body since the focus is only on the skirt, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I'm currently learning to knit so I can make a beret quite similar to the one drawn here. I think I'm subconsciously planning out my own outfits on the covers of my patterns!
I hope you love the Anya Skirt! It’s a wonderful wardrobe staple and sews up super quickly and is very beginner-friendly. Tomorrow I will introduce the final pattern–the East Side Tunic!