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Yasmeen is the first pattern that we formally tested with our Pattern Development Group before releasing it. For the occasion, we added new members to the group and we are super happy we did because they sewed some gorgeous skirts and were full of useful feedback!
It's kind of impossible not to start with Melisha (MelishaSimoneCollection on Instagram) with this absolutely stunning and very special occasion Yasmeen. Seriously, it left us speechless... Melisha used size 40 in a red crepe and made no alterations.
In the same color scheme, Laurène or lespleurnicheuses on IG, sewed her Yasmeen in a xxx in size 40 and she had to take the waist in a bit. For this pattern we recommend choosing your size according to your hip measurement and adjusting the waist at center back, before installing the zipper. This method worked well for our testers. Laurène experimented with the funniest poses for the pictures. You can see them all in her blog post (in French).
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Katie, aka Grayshegoes, also sewed very fancy version of Yasmeen in a gold foil knit with size 36. She had to take in the side seams and Center Back a bit. This is partly due to the stretch in her fabric but we also ended up removing some ease in the waist for the final pattern since most our testers had to take it in. We love the contrast between the metallic fabric and her low-key styling, it looks like the perfect pairing for a family holiday gathering!
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And because we are talking about golden Yasmeen skirts, the next one is this pretty version sewn by Leila from Three Dresses in a metallic Linen. She used size 44 with no alterations except removing some length. The idea of using metallic is really great, it will be easy to dress it up or down with always a glamorous touch!
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Jane, who you will find as Buzzmills on Instagram, also chose linen for her skirt. She sewed size 36 and took 4" off the length above the knee. We love that she experimented with different ways to style the skirts, dressed up with a fitted sweater or a button down or dressed down with a chunky knit or a tank top it looks equally great. See all the ways she paired Yasmeen in her blog post!
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And finally, last but definitely not least is the black Yasmeen skirt made by Mary of Cloning Couture. Mary used size 38 in a lightweight crinkle Cotton gauze. Being the perfectionist that we know her to be, she stayed the waistline with narrow strips of interfacing an faced it with a bias strip of cotton, and the same cotton to bind the zipper edges. We are fans of Mary's work so we feel very fortunate to have her in our development group!
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And because we will never do it enough, we want to say a huge thank you to all our testers. We are always amazed at their patience and willingness to commit precious fabric and sewing time to help us refine our patterns before we bring them to you.
Inspiration & Styling
The Yasmeen skirt was born from our desire to have a statement skirt that introduces a hint of the the over the top feel of the 90's runway shows into your every day wardrobe. Its design lines celebrates women's curves, in a way we hope is reminiscent of the King of Cling, late Azzedine Alaïa.
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While the skirt has definitely a special occasion feel to it, your choice of fabric and styling can transform it completely. For a very dressed up version of Yasmeen, choose a fabric with a sheen to it. The drape will dramatically affect bottom of the skirt looks. In a taffeta the flared bottom will tend to stay out and give a very formal look, while in a more fluid fabric such as silk, the volume will only appear with movement.[gallery ids="946,947" type="columns"]
There are also plenty of ways to make your skirt more casual. In the winter you can try a wool version, to be worn with a chunky sweater, or a leather jacket. In warmer weather, a linen Yasmeen worn will flat sandals will take you easily from the beach to a nice dinner out with a chic resort look.
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Finally, you also have the option of playing with the length. You could experiment with an ankle grazing skirt in an airy fabric for fluttered hem effect. The modern proportion will look very chic whether you pair it with heels or with sneakers for a cool yet polished feel!
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Do you want more inspiration? We collect images in a dedicated Pinterest board for you to look at (and for ourselves!!). Don't forget that you can also check Instagram for #yasmeenskirt since our testers have already started to post their amazing work!!
Are you ready to get started on your very own Yasmeen? Don't forget to share it with us!
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We are so glad to release our fifth sewing pattern just before the end of the year, the Yasmeen Skirt! This skirt is one of the garments we absolutely wanted to release when we started Just Patterns. We love the shaped seam lines that enhance all curves in the right places and make it a super flattering option for when you need to dress up. With a Yasmeen in your handmade wardrobe, you are guaranteed a show-stopping outfit but with the versatility of a skirt rather than a dress.
The Yasmeen skirt is a dramatic maxi skirt with figure flattering seam lines. It is fitted through the hips and starts flaring out above the knee. The skirt features an invisible zipper and a grosgrain inner waistband. Depending on the fabrication and the styling, the skirt can take on a very special occasion look or a more casual vibe.
The Yasmeen skirt pattern follows the updated look of our information package. It contains information about fabric recommendation and PDF printing. The seam lines are no longer printed on the pattern to provide a cleaner look, but notches are strategically position so that you can check that you are using the right seam allowance.The grey sample shown is made from a mid-weight wool tweed, while the white one is silk crepe de chine.
For this pattern, we recommend light to mid-weight woven fabrics with drape such as silk, wool crepe, linen twill, rayon, etc. The quantity of fabric required will depend on the size you make, the final length of your skirt and the width of your fabric. For instance, for a size 46 in 60"wide you need 4 yards.
This sewing pattern is available from size 34 to 46 (see our size chart for more information). The pattern includes:
a layered PDF with 4 printing options (37 pages in A4 and Letter, 2 pages A0 in US Copy Shop 36″x48″);
a cutter’s must;
a pdf layout;
a suggested order of operations.
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Just Patterns products are meant for for ambitious dressmakers who already know the basics of sewing. In addition to the order of operations, we gather useful tutorials and information for each pattern on our resource pages.