I love a free pattern, who doesn’t?! I love them so much I keep this list of hundreds of free patterns to help other sewists find them quickly and easily. This particular pattern is the Peppermint Wrap Skirt and has been on my radar since it’s release. It’s drafted by Emily of In The Folds, a pattern designer whose ethos resonates with me strongly and whose designs I love. This wrap skirt is free through the Peppermint Mag website (though they ask for an extremely small donation to help keep the mag going if you can afford it).
I have wanted to make this for a long time but wasn’t sure what fabric to make it in, when Minerva sent a list of fabrics they were open to reviews on and I saw this linen I immediately shouted ME! PICK ME! I have made a very conscious effort to review less fabric this year but volunteering for this was a no brainer for me. The fabric is a gorgeous colour, will slot into my wardrobe with my other garments and is wearable all year round.
I enjoyed making the pattern and it was so simple, I will definitely be recommending this to beginners. There are darts in the front and back, the side seams are french seamed and the edges and bottom are hemmed! Super simple but such a beautiful shape. I graded out two sizes at the hips based on my measurments and toiled it, this was way more than I needed so I trimmed the pattern back to just one size bigger at the hips and toiled again. I considered adding in a full butt adjustment but decided after toile 2 that I was happy enough with the fit and I decided I didn’t need one.
I love that the wrap is a true wrap skirt and therefore should fit reasonably well at a range of sizes – that is what I am all about! I also think it will be wearable all year round, styled like I am wearing it in these photos for winter and then with bare legs and sandals and a summer top when it gets warmer. I think sustainability can look like wearing expensive fabric made from banana leaves, or sewing with an old tablecloth you’ve dyed, or it can look like this – some treasured fabric made into a garment that can be worn year round and will be worn and loved many times over. What do you think?
This is such a pleasing garment to sew, I think it is absolutely perfect for anyone who has lost their sew-jo. My sewing enthusiasm has been completely absent at some points during this year as creativity ebbs and flows and I think that this pattern is such a great way to cultivate that creative energy again. There are no zips, buttons, interfacing, gathers, understitching, or tricky parts of any kind – just pure uninterrupted sewing. Hopefully if you are looking for a simple pattern to make, you might bear this one in mind!
My full post is on Minerva here with details of the fabric and thread I used!