European based, Paprika Patterns, have just re-released the Jade Skirt last week, with some updates and improvements to their original first pattern. The sizing has been increased (up to a 50.5" hip now!) and fit has been improved. You may have seen the Jade Skirt for awhile now - I know it keeps popping up when I'm browsing Pinterest! It's got a unique look with the origami style folds along the front of it. It's also got a unique method of construction, but don't worry about that. There's lots of suggestions, tutorials and even a short video available to help you along the way.
Let's get down to the nitty gritty. When you purchase the Jade Skirt pattern you will receive six different files, which seems like a lot, but it's broken down into separate ones that include an introduction, the instructions, a print guide, two for the pattern printing - one that you can have done at a copy shop and the second one is the print at home version, as well as a practice sheet to get those folds down pat before you move onto working with your fabric. The multiple files make it easy to find just what you're wanting instead of scrolling through page after page to find it. The skirt comes in two lengths - mini (which I made) and midi which is of course a bit longer and there's also a handy tutorial on the website if you need to make some length adjustments too!
The instructions are really thorough, with lots of line drawings to illustrate what you are supposed to be doing, and as I mentioned if you run into trouble, you can head on over to the Paprika Pattern website for everything from the video demonstrating the folding to a quick tutorial on how to add elastic to your waistband if you want. The links are all there in the instructions so you don't have to search around at all, which I found really helpful.
The pattern was easy to print out and assemble - my only issue being when it came time to know where my cutting line was for the mini length I was making, I accidentally started following the fold line instead of the cutting line. Oops! It definitely required a wee bit more concentration to make sure with all the lines there that I didn't get off track. (That could just be me though. I've been known to get distracted easily... Oooh! Look! Shiny things...)
|Upcycling and using up old stash! Love it when I can do that!|
|The Jade Skirt! (I did iron it - honestly...)|
|Look at that fun lining!!|
I'm looking forward to trying my hand at the Jasper Sweater for myself - I've been eyeing that sweater since it first popped up on Pinterest long before Lisa ever drafted up the pattern for the public - and also definitely looking forward to seeing what is in store for the future with their stylish and unique designs.
*Lisa of Paprika Patterns did generously send me a copy of the pattern free of charge, but all opinions expressed here are my own.