Have you heard about the Honeydew?
It’s a new skirt by Seamster patterns that just came out last week
and I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester!
The Honeydew is a gored skirt with a fuller back reminiscent of vintage skirts from the 1950′s but with a more modern feel. It is designed to be made with a stretch woven and has three different options for the waistband and so many possibilities!Mari, the talented designer behind Seamster patterns also drafted the Honeydew in plus sizes! This pattern goes from a 3XS up to a 5XL (31′-56″ hips).
For mine, I made the elastic version and opted to cover the elastic rather than expose it as the pattern dictates. I also fitted this skirt to sit higher up, about midway between my hips and my natural waist. As my version is higher, therefore my skirt is a little shorter as well. It also has a more gathered effect than the initial design. I added a narrow hem and I may lengthen the skirt the next time I make it so it’s a little longer as it was designed. For reference, I’m 5’8″.
This was my first time sewing a Seamster pattern and it was definitely a great experience. This pattern is meant for beginners, so it’s easy and quick to put together. With the gores, the pattern also uses up more of the fabric, so there is less waste. I so love the pockets and the utter femininity of this skirt. I’ve already worn it a couple of times! I used a black and white polka dot stretch cotton broadcloth out of my stash that I purchased from Fabric Mart quite a while back. It worked very well for this skirt. I also opted not to line it as I wanted a summery cool and comfy Honeydew and this fabric is not sheer, so it didn’t need it.
Paired with my Honeydew is the Colette Sorbetto tank in a white embroidered cotton I found at Joann’s. The Sorbetto is a free pdf pattern and so quick and easy to make. I’m sure there will be more Sorbetto’s in my future!
I opted to the cut the back a bit and add a button and loop closure to my Sorbetto just to add some interest and allow me to slip it off easier. I sew separates the way that I shop, which is sew/buy outfits. Unless I have something particular that I’m sewing to go with something else, I always make and outfit, that way I don’t have to worry about finding a shirt to go with a skirt and vice versa.
The Honeydew is most definitely one of my favorite skirt patterns. There is a lot you can do with it and it’s the perfect vintage and yet modern piece. Thank you Mari for having me as a tester for this skirt! It was a great experience.
- Skirt: Seamster Honeydew in black/white polka dot stretch cotton broadcloth, made by me
- Shirt: Colette Sorbetto in white embroidered cotton, made by me
- Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger
- Necklace: Icing
- Bracelets/Earrings: Vintage and modern Dine (Navajo) pieces