magic pattern skirt


Hi!  It’s Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl and I’m so excited to be sharing my experience with Amy Barickman’s fabulous book, The Magic Pattern.  This book is great for sewists of all skill level.  Amy takes 6 basic patterns and shows how a few simple changes can bring about huge results.  I am a skirt girl and would be happy to wear a skirt every day – especially in the summer.  I love A-line skirts and when I saw the pattern for the Blythe Skirt I knew it was for me 🙂



The Magic Pattern Book is filled with detailed instructions, diagrams, and photos.  It also comes with a disc with all the patterns.  Simply choose the pattern and print it out.

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I have to admit, it takes a bit of time to print all the pages, cut off the borders, place the pieces together then tape them.  It also takes even longer when the Bengal Kitten insists on helping 🙂

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The pattern pieces were clearly marked and the placement guide was also easy to understand.  I found the instructions much easier to understand than national brand patterns.  I choose to use medium weight Heat n Bond® iron-on stabilizer for the waistband.  It gives a nice feel and lays flat.

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This skirt sews up in a snap because there are no zippers, buttons, or hooks.  The waistband consists of a flat front part and a back part with gathered elastic.

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Here you can see the elastic gathers in the back.

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I can’t get enough of the front pleat.  It’s hard to tell on the floral print, but there are 2 side pockets that are top stitched.  It would be fun to make contrasting pockets so they stood out.

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I think the length is perfect; a skirt that hits right at the knee is very flattering.  I can’t wait to sew a few more of these skirts in all kinds of fun summer prints – I am thinking nautical for sure!!!  Perhaps an appliqué anchor!!

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Thanks to my cute Ella for being my model 🙂

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