I’m extremely pleased to announce that Decades of Style has expanded their size range for their Decades Everyday patterns! The Chore Skirt just released today and goes up to a size 26 or a 46″ waist. This means no more grading up for me! When Janet asked me to test the skirt, I jumped on the chance. I’ve been a big DOS fan for a while. The instructions and drafting are great. The vintage style is right up my alley.
The Chore Skirt is not your regular pleated skirt. It has a narrow waistband, side seam pockets with a side seam zipper, and beautifully placed pleats in the front and the back. In the front, there are less pleats than the back for a clean look. The back pleats really give the skirt a lovely look. There are also side pleats that make the pockets and zipper disappear. There is a bottom panel in the skirt that is perfect for contrasting fabric or for using bias tape or lace. The hem is weighted so that the skirt always draped beautifully. The skirt works beautifully in mid to lightweight fabrics that can handle the multiple pleats at the back.
I made my skirt in a hot pink cotton poplin with bias trim above the bottom panel. The skirt went together really quickly except that I originally forgot the side pleats and frantically messaged Janet saying the waistband didn’t fit. She was very wonderful about it, but my cheeks sure were red! With the side pleats, it of course fit perfectly into the waistband. D’oh.
I will need to wear this version with a belt, but that is okay. My gold belt looks fabulous with it. 😉 I made a size 24, but likely should have made a size 22 instead. I was trying to be extra cautious because my waist can fluctuate due to inflammation. Next time, I will choose a size 22. I have visions of making this in chambray fabric or some lovely linen. Or copying this vintage version posted on the Decades of Style IG page:
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Look at this charming repost of @pickerswife in her vintage chore skirt from @sunless_antiques! We hope you like it as much as we do because our next pattern (coming next week) looks an awful lot like this😜! And if you're not already following her, you should because she's smart, hilarious and has some great vintage for sale! #NewPatternSoon #VintageChoreSkirt #Inspiration #SneakPeek
Isn’t it beautiful? ❤
Here is my gorgeous version! Don’t I match my blog theme perfectly? ❤
Just a note, the belt is styled under the waistband here since I haven’t added carriers yet for the belt.
Look at that swish!
Needless to say I am totally biased because I was already a fan girl of DOS and I got the pattern for free. But in spite of that bias, I really love this skirt and I think it’s a great pattern.
- Pattern: Decades Everyday Chore Skirt
- Pros: Well-drafted pattern and a great size range! The strategically placed pleats are really going to look awesome on a lot of people.
- Cons: I’m not sure I have any cons!
- Make again?: Already dreaming of the next one!
- Rating: 5/5 stars