June BeeBox: The Duchess Skirt!

I’ll admit, I was a bit stumped when I received my June Bee Box from Vinegar and Honey. I love stripes, but I don’t love sewing them (I’m a perfectionist, and all that matching drives me batty sometimes!). That, combined with the fact that its been in the triple digits here, had me scratching my head at the lovely striped liverpool in my “box”.

If you’re unfamiliar with liverpool, its a heavier textured knit, almost like a double knit in weight, with a crepe/sponge like texture. It has a decent drape, but doesn’t cling or wrinkle easily. Its a great fabric, and I’ve used it before for my Midway Bomber Jackets (see the SewAlong Round up HERE) but I wasn’t about to make a jacket in this heat!

Fortunately, I was delivered from my conundrum by Jessica Hooley, of the DIBY Club, who invited me to test her second pattern, the Duchess skirt (I made/hacked her first pattern, the Babe Hoodie, so I knew this one was going to be good)!

The Duchess is a gorgeous hi-low skirt with two length options, and two options for the front rise- conservative or flashy! I chose the conservative, calf length skirt (which ended up longer on me since I’m short!) and I LOVE it!

Seriously, I wasn’t quite expecting to love it as much as I do, but the way the stripes wrap around the skirt is quite flattering, and the higher front provides enough airflow to make it perfect for summer!

The wide waistband is one of my favorite parts- it feels like it “holds me in” in just the right way!

It would also look rockin’ with some boots in the wintertime, and while that seems SO far away right now, I love it when a pattern will work for a variety of seasons. This skirt can also be made up in a woven fabric- which I plan to do soon! The pattern only has two pieces, which makes it a super fast sew- hemming is the most time consuming part.

In fact, I loved it so much that I cut and sewed another right away. This is as close to instant gratification as it gets folks- 20 minutes from cut to finish! I’ll share my other versions when the pattern is ready to release- Follow me on Instagram, Facebook or sign up for blog updates via email and I’ll make sure to keep you posted!



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  1. April Simpson hunt on July 1, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Perfect as always! Love the high low with some extra length on the back! Gorgeous!

    • Sarah Connell on July 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you! It’s a really fun Silhouette!

  2. Karen on July 1, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I’m usually not too keen on the Hilo in skirts and dresses but this is really nice as it has the perfect amount of hiloness …and the stripes

    • Sarah Connell on July 2, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      I was late to that bandwagon too…but it’s so fun! You know business in the front, party in the back!

  3. Houston McGuirk on July 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Oooh, can’t wait to see your other makes of this pattern!

    • Sarah on July 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

      I’ll be sure to share! Thank you!

  4. Cassy on July 2, 2017 at 6:39 am

    It’s super cute and that pink belt is a perfect pop of color!!

    • Sarah Connell on July 2, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you Cassy!

  5. Karen on July 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    What is the singlet top that you wearing? I love the ft and cut?

    • Sarah on July 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

      I wish I could say I made it…its old navy! Lol!

  6. Yvette Scott on July 10, 2017 at 8:12 am

    It’s a very beautiful skirt, and I would like to know how to purchase the pattern as well as the fabric. I am new to your website and am falling in love with the fabrics and pattern styles.

    • Sarah on July 11, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you! The fabric is from the Vinegar and Honey bee Box- a monthly subscription service for fabrics! So fun! The link is in this post- you can sign up there. Sometimes they also have extra for retail- and I’ve seen a similar Liverpool at the Fab clique too. The pattern is in testing and isn’t available yet- but if you follow me on FB or IG or via the blog I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s up for sale!

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