Stokx Rock and Xanthea tee

I really wanted to add the word “skirt” when I typed that heading but realised it would be a tautology as “rock” means “skirt” in German. This pattern was given to me by the lovely Lindy from Stokx Patterns, but the opinions and thoughts are all my own.

I was so surprised to realise how long this skirt pattern has been around – since 1999. It is a timeless pattern, evidently.

In case you can’t read the image above, the front is cut on the bias, and the back has a little bit of shaping in the centre seam. It also has no waistband, instead it has a waist facing which is designed to have a piece of tape or ribbon threaded through it which is tied at the back. It doesn’t have pockets. It’s designed for riding a bicycle, which is rather fabulous.

I really wanted to make this in time to take on our holiday to Darwin, and also enter it into the Make a Garment a Month sew along on Instagram (of which I am a host), the October theme being rOcktober. Perfect, don’t you agree?

The first thing I needed to do was to find the perfect fabric. I eventually settled on a lovely chambray, which I think I bought to make Mark a shirt. Never mind, he has lots of shirts!

It was a really fast make, once I had steeled myself to make that first cut. The front is cut with the fabric out flat and then I folded it for the backs. I used a couple of scraps to fashion some pockets which I sewed on the back. Unfortunately I couldn’t tell where I was on the skirt so they are about 3cm too high. That’s ok, I’ll know for next time! I also didn’t use the tape in the waistband. I made a size 2 graded to 0 at the hips, but could probably make a straight size 1 next time, although I do enjoy the little bit of extra ease at the waist.

The skirt is really well drafted and is a lovely shape. I teamed it with with my new Liz Haywood zero waste Xanthea t-shirt, made from a piece of Indian cotton I won last year. We had just had a coffee in a rather iconic coffee shop in Darwin, full of people playing games and doing jigsaw puzzles. So much fun.

I think these two go together well. The skirt needs a cropped or short top.

We visited the Botanical Gardens; we do love a nice botanic garden and this one is lovely.

We called in at the Stokes Hill Wharf – highly recommended. The sea is a beautiful colour here and there are nice eateries.

We kept driving past a heritage precinct run by the National Trust, and finally stopped to check on the opening hours. We could see people sitting in the gardens and there was a sign saying that they serve afternoon tea on the third Sunday of each month. Guess what? It was the third Sunday of the month! In we went, but didn’t have a reservation. We looked pitiful and they rustled us up a table. They basically just served Devonshire teas, and it was bliss!

We also visited the Mindl Beach sunset Market again and enjoyed a lovely walk on the beach

whilst the sun set in rather spectacular fashion.

My only feeling about the skirt is that it’s a little long. It has a 10cm hem otherwise it would have been below my knees. I am definitely making another one, but will shorten it a bit. I was a bit worried about ruining the lines if I made it too short, so I’ll consider this fairly carefully.

This tee shirt worked much better than my first version. I managed to align the seam lines very precisely. My only regret is that I didn’t use an invisible zip on the pocket; I used a recycled standard zip instead, but it’s fine and not really noticeable. I made the short sleeved version but cuffed the sleeves so they are quite short.

I’m sure that both of these makes will be a constant feature over the summer. I’ve already worn the Xanthea several times and it coordinates well with a lot of my wardrobe.


13 thoughts on “Stokx Rock and Xanthea tee

  1. I love the ‘adjustability’ (is that a word?) of the Stokx skirt as I dislike a tight waistband – Ahhhh…. (I find “high rise” quite uncomfortable.) The pattern length is great for cycling, but I agree that a shorter length looks better on you. (Mark probably agrees: If you have great legs, show them!) The fabric you won is gorgeous, and your Xanthea tee is great with the shorts in the last photo. What pattern are they?
    Your vacation sounds delightful. Thanks for the vicarious arm-chair travel!

    1. Thank you so much Lodi, I’m definitely making this pattern again. The shorts are from the Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style book – the Owyn pants. They are really nice, but these are a size too big now. I need to make more! We are having the best holiday!

  2. Perfect skirt and perfect timing, I’ve been looking for woven cycling pattern. I have RTW skirt with back shaping like this that I wear for cycling, but it is a wrap, which isn’t so good because it blows open. This is much better.
    I would shorten at hip line so as not to remove room at hem. I like my cycling skirts just above the knee too.

  3. Don’t you just love the Darwin Markets. I am intrigued you went walking along Mindle Beach Markets – lots of croc siting’s, many a dog disappears along the beach. Can’t wait to catch upxx

  4. Some familiar sites in Darwin, but not sure how we missed the Cafe. Great skirt and I need a cycling skirt, so this could be perfect by the comments. Your Xanthea top works so well in your wardrobe in the wonderful fabric you won.

    1. Thanks Sharon. The cafe is in Austin Lane and definitely worth a visit next time. The skirt will be perfect on a bike as it is sleek but has plenty of room and won’t billow.

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