Pattern Testing the Midi Skirt Roma
Today, I bring to you a pattern that I recently had the opportunity to test before its big re-launch next month (August 15th) - the midi skirt ROMA by Halfmoon Atelier. Let me tell you, I'm glad I jumped at the chance to test this!
When I first saw Meghann's call for testers, I knew I had to participate. I was first introduced to Meghann from an episode about sustainable business on the Maker Style Podcast. I was intrigued by her passion for creating an ethical and sustainable sewing business. Not to mention, when I saw the sample of the midi skirt ROMA, I was definitely excited to give it a go.
This is truly a classic pencil skirt with a twist. Meghann gives you three different ways to construct this beauty with a couple of different variations in hemming and finishing the waistband. I decided to follow version 1, sewn exclusively with a sewing machine and finished with bias tape, as I believed the pattern would offer a great opportunity to use contrast trim.
Turns out my hunch was right! I love how the white bias tape goes with the black twill I used for my sample. I cut a straight size 4, as per my measurements on the new sizing chart, and the fit was great out of the box (or shall I say, pdf?). The way it was sewn up, too, resulted in a professionally finished garment with no exposed seams. Isn't it nice when the insides of your clothes look just as great as the outside?
You can tell that Meghann has put a lot of effort into revising this pattern. The instructions are very well-details and she offers quite a few tips and suggestions for the best way of stitching the skirt together. Overall, I thought the midi skirt ROMA was a pleasure to sew (and cut, as it's only one piece!) and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a unique pencil skirt.