Looking for a swell, beginner pattern? We're crushing hard on the Nehalem Skirt from Sew House Seven!
The Nehalem is based on the traditional Thai fisherman’s pants worn by fishermen in Eastern Asia. The traditional pant is a one-size-fits-all, very baggy, loose-fitting pant that is wrapped and tied to fit. While still a loose-fitting wrap, the Nehalem has been slimmed down a bit and has been graded to better fit your size. The back rise of the pant is not as baggy as a traditional fisherman pant as it has a bit of a curve to its rise - for a more attractive and fitted back view.
The Nehalem skirt is a take on the fisherman pant as well. It also wraps and ties to make for an easy fitting, easy to wear piece. It features oversized side patch pockets, vertical front and back seaming and a wide waistband that can be folded down or worn upright and tied. The skirts feature an above the knee version and a tea length version. No closures to sew. And you're done!
We think that our rayon blend houndstooth pairs perfectly with this pattern! It's durable, easy to work with, and darn cute to boot!
Pattern: Nehalem Skirt Name/Designer: Sew House Seven Size: XL
Amount of fabric recommended: 2.3 meter. Amount of Fabric used: 2 meter
Needle type used: 80/12 Universal. Machine used: Serger + sewing machine
Time taken to complete: 2 hours. Fabric: Houndstooth Jacquard
Washing/Drying method: normal cycle cool, warm dry Amount of Shrinkage: None
Other fabric/notions used: Matching thread Any modifications? None
What level of difficulty would you rate this pattern? Advanced beginner
Any helpful tips/sewing methods? Quick and easy sew. All pieces came together well. Very clear instructions.
Notes about the fabric: This fabric has stretch on the vertical. This may mean you want to place your fabric on the crossgrain as I did for the skirt. Fabric is easy to work with if you have worked with stretch fabrics before. Pressed well with steam.
The Nehalem Skirt is a great pattern for beginners. It has no closures and the way it’s tied can adjust for fit. There are multiple panels which could be a good opportunity for colour blocking and scrap busting.