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The Claudie Skirt – Fibre Mood Issue 12 Launch

November 18, 2020

Fibre Mood Magazine Issue 12 launches today, and I’m so excited to have been included in an amazing group of sewists who got to try out a pattern from the magazine ahead of time to help promote and show you what you can look forward to in this issue. As I’ve grown to expect with Fibre Mood patterns, this skirt pattern is lovely, was easily constructed, and although a circle skirt is nothing new or groundbreaking, this one has a couple nice little details that I loved.

When choosing the pattern I wanted to work with from Issue 12, I started with this fabric in mind. This was a fabric that I’d chosen from Minerva, but hadn’t quite had a plan in mind for from the beginning. I’d always thought it would be a lovely skirt, but I didn’t have a pattern in my collection that quite matched my vision for the fabric. The Claudie Skirt pattern was shown on the pattern in a lighter weight fabric with much more drape, but I knew right away I’d found a good fit. I love the way this skirt shows off the structure of this gorgeous fabric!

As I mentioned above, this pattern doesn’t intend to reinvent the wheel – it is, at its base level, a circle skirt. However, it has nice, big pockets and I really love the way the waistband is finished with an overlapping button band. I made a little bit of a goof up here, and didn’t position my zipper perfectly, so I have a gap between my button and zipper that shouldn’t be there! I didn’t even notice it until I saw these photos, though, so that’s that. It adds character, right?

When this fabric arrived on my doorstep, I was shocked to realize that although I’d chosen it based on the “right” side of the fabric with the orange background, once it was in my hands I was actually even more drawn to the lighter colored “wrong” side of the fabric. The glorious thing about brocade fabrics is that both sides can absolutely be used! I decided I wanted to show off the colors of both sides, so I used the lighter color for the main of the skirt and flipped to the orange for the waistband (and the pockets, though you can’t see those here!)

This is the outfit I will be wearing to the beautiful Thanksgiving dinner… that I will only be attending in my head. In reality, I’m planning on wearing a comfy but cute knit dress and spending the day at home. However, I am totally prepared for the future, and used the few scraps that I had left to make matching masks! Since I couldn’t pick one side or the other for the skirt, I figured why pick one or the other for my facial coverings, either – I made one of each! It never hurts to have a few fancy mask options, even for a simple walk through the neighborhood. 

I can imagine a few more Claudie skirts being added to my closet in different fabrics soon, and I’d love to see what you guys choose to sew this out of. While you are checking the pattern out, I would absolutely recommend that you check out some of the other beautiful patterns included in Fibre Mood Issue 12. My other top picks were the Bonnie Blouse (those SLEEVES!), the Luz Cardigan (which I believe will be offered free as a sewalong soon!) and the Feliz Dress (a modern take on the shirt dress). I’d love for you to use my affiliate link to check them out and pick up a pattern or two! Let me know which pattern you decide to sew up first!!

Dress: handmade by me
Fabric: Minerva – Amalfi Blue & Orange Metallic Brocade
Pattern: Fibre Mood – Clara Top

Key Ingredients: 
Brother XR9500PRW Sewing Machine 
Brother 1034D Overlocker 
Schmetz Jersey Ballpoint Needles
Dahle 36×48 Self-healing Cutting Mat
Heat & Bond Soft Stretch (Lite)

Thanks for reading my thoughts on this pattern! The fabric used for this post was provided to me by Minerva in exchange for photos of my finished garments posted on their website. The Fibre Mood Claudie Pattern was provided to me by FibreMood to promote the release of the pattern as part of Fibre Mood Magazine Issue 12. All words and opinions expressed throughout this post are my own, as always. Links provided throughout this post may be affiliate links – if you choose to purchase any products through these links, I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you. This simply helps me justify the costs of my sewing habit and the time it takes to share it with you!! Happy Sewing!

  • XX Elizabeth

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