Eliza M – Alma Wiggle Skirt


May 5, 2013 by thepolishedbutton

When I’ve not been manically trying to drum up sales for the website, I have found a little time to do some more sewing. I’ve got lots of things to show you in the next few weeks, but thought I would start off with my version of the Alma skirt by Eliza M.

This is a classic 50’s wiggle/pencil skirt – fitted, slinky and perfect for showing off your curves. Unfortunately my curves were a little too ample for the size I made – a good lesson in always making a toile whe trying out a new pattern. *sigh*. Oh well, it is only the tiniest bit tight at the waist, so perhaps a few summer salads and a few less winter carbs will mean it’ll be perfect for Autumn!

It was a really easy pattern to follow, and it didn’t take very long to make. I used a very fine wool, and with hindsight I would either add a lining next time (this is not included in the pattern but wouldn’t be hard to do) or I would make it from a fabric with a slight stretch as this wool is pretty unforgiving!

I have dressed it on the mannequin to show how I would have worn it if only I was just slightly less rounded of tum (can you tell this is a sore point for me…) the belt also hides my slightly skew whiff waistband, which despite cutting it to match up with the checks on the skirt, still managed to be a bout 1/2″ out. Grrr.

I’ll be making this again for sure, as I think it is rather flattering and easy to dress up or down, and great with a blouse and some seamed stocking…purrrr!!


You can buy this pattern on the website  – it is available in a multisize pattern for £9.50!

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2 thoughts on “Eliza M – Alma Wiggle Skirt

  1. sharan king says:

    is this an easy pattern to sew for a complete beginer _ I am on learning to sew straight lines at my Sewing Bee at the moment – love the material – do you stock?

    • Hi Sharan,
      Yes it was easy to make, and as a beginner I think it would be great – it will give you a few challenges (fitting a zip, doing a hem) but just enough to teach you some new skills, rather than overwhelm you. I don’t stock the fabric I’m afraid – it was a small piece I had in my stash. I would suggest using a plain fabric to begin with though, so you don’t need to worry about matching patterns etc. A cotton with a little bit of stretch or a nice medium weight wool would be lovely in my opinion! Good luck!

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