Sewing: Colette Patterns Mabel Skirt


I’ve been slacking on my sewing posts, lately. It’s been a few months and I’ve been meaning to blog about the Mabel skirt pattern by Colette Patterns, a self-drafted maxi skirt and a client project. First, up is the Mabel skirt. I made the taupe version in June and the teal two nights ago.mabel_skirt_taupe-4


Lesson learned with this skirt is to double check the fabric before I make the next one. This double knit didn’t have as much recovery as I would like so it seems a little out of shape when I wear it.


My greatest accomplishment was discovering the overlock stitch on my sewing machine. I don’t have a serger but this worked so well. This the first item I’ve made where I’m proud of how the inside looks.


After I made the first skirt, an error was found in the waistband pattern piece and a new PDF was released. The waistband fits much better on my teal skirt.




I really like the side panels in this version. They’d be great for a color-blocked skirt.


The fabric pattern reminds me of Grecian keys.

Pattern Review

Pattern Description: Mid-rise knit skirt with three variations. 1. Mid-length skirt. 2. Mid-length skirt with faux placket and buttons. 3. Knee-length skirt with kick-pleat. I made version 3.

Pattern Sizing: XS – 3XL. I made size L.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were very simple.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it’s a simple project that can be completed in a day.

Fabric Used: Double knit for the body both skirts. The teal knit is leftover from a jumpsuit I made last year and never blogged. Jersey knit for the waistband linings.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t use a twin needle for the hems. With the taupe skirt I basted the hem and then topstitched. For the teal, I stabilized the fabric with stitch witchery and then secured the hem with a narrow zig-zag stitch. This was a better finish than the first.

Would you sew it again? Yes

Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Conclusion: I really like this pattern and see myself making more including the other versions. The skirts are very comfortable and I could wear them all day.

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