Winter months always scream "wool plaid skirts" to me, but I’m not much of a traditional-plaid-skirt kind of girl. Typically your options are a pleated skirt (too Mean Girls high school vibes for me) or a fitted pencil skirt without stretch (no thank you, I’d like to eat my burritos in peace please). However, I scored a beautiful plaid wool on sale from Pendleton in Portland and immediately knew I wanted to make a skirt. Osaka offers some hidden benefits to my skirt woes.
Osaka Makes the Perfect Plaid Skirt
Osaka is a form-fitting, reversible wrap skirt with two versions to optimize your fabric combinations. It closes with snaps or buttons.
If you’re anything like me, your weight might fluctuate on a regular basis. Osaka does not have a defined waistband, which means you can sew on more than one button and easily adjust the size of the waist—or wear it high-waisted one day and lower the next.
Since I didn’t have a lot of the plaid wool fabric, I chose to make the lining pieces a solid black lining fabric, and I won’t be treating the skirt as reversible. I wanted to really show off the plaid print, so I shortened the length of the contrast pieces. When trying on my muslin, I wasn’t crazy about the curved hem in the front, so I straightened the hem.
Here are the changes I made to the Osaka pattern:
- Shortened the contrast band 1.5"
- Shortened the front 2" to eliminate the curved hem
- Lengthened the darts
- Drafted new lining pieces to eliminate the contrast band
Pattern Hack Ideas
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