There’s a new pattern in the Pattern Union stable and it’s the Phoebe Maxi, which is an add on to the existing Phoebe Collection.
In case you were wondering what the collection is about, here is a quote from the Pattern Union website: “The Phoebe Collection is an innovative PDF sewing pattern series starting with the Phoebe Freebie (a pair of floaty trousers) that allows you to be the designer. Purchase any of the add-ons that complement the original free pattern to create a mix and match wardrobe that you can call your own!
Phoebe Maxi is an add-on in the Phoebe Collection. It can be made as a maxi skirt on its own or combined with any of the Phoebe Tops to make a dress. The skirt features an elasticated waistband, front cut-away pockets and back patch pockets. The skirt has two versions: an a-line style or tiered peasant style. Available in sizes 6 – 20.”
I’ve made two of these, but one is remaining under wraps for a while. This one is made from some 1970s natural fibre (might be silk) donated to my stash by my friend Leonie. As it’s a vintage fabric it was 90cms wide, and although I had about 5 metres, it didn’t go very far. I got this skirt and a top from it. I can’t show the top yet as the pattern hasn’t been released, so just this skirt this time.
This is an easy skirt to sew, and it has lovely deep pockets. It does have an elastic waistband, but this could easily be turned into a regular waistband with the addition of darts and a zip.
I love the shape of this skirt, it’s easy to wear and this particular one goes with quite a few things in my wardrobe, including the shoes I’m wearing – how perfectly do they coordinate? I’ve teamed with a couple of the Pattern Union Lulu Tee, which is a perfect top to go with this skirt, and I added the Pattern Union Sobi belt to the red version as well.
I am planning a short version of this and, as it can be easily turned into a dress with the addition of a top, I may make a dress.
The pattern is currently on sale for A$6, so on today’s exchange rates that’s US$4 or £3.19 or €3.69 – a bargain in any currency! It’s available here.