Every pattern comes into being for different reasons.
Sometimes, it’s a design people have asked for often. Sometimes, we want to fill a gap in our overall pattern collection. And sometimes, we’re just being selfish and want a pattern we would personally make over and over.
Zinnia falls into this last category. It’s a selfish pattern.
Kristen led the design on this beautiful, versatile skirt. She wanted a skirt pattern that would look good on her hourglass figure; she wanted different length options; she wanted pockets; and she wanted to be able to use a wide variety of fabrics. Sometimes the best ideas come from selfish needs, don’t you think?
Version 1 has a below knee length, and closes with a placket and buttons up the front. The skirt is gathered to a waistband at the natural waist and includes pleated patch pockets.
Version 2 is shorter in length, with stitched-down pleats, belt loops, and in-seam pockets.
Version 3 is also pleated, but comes with instructions for lining, so it’s perfect for sheer fabrics like the chiffon shown here.
Measure once, sew a bunch
The number one best thing about Zinnia is that it’s so easy to fit and sew, and has so many different looks, you can make it the basis of an entirely new fall wardrobe. Much like our beloved Laurel, it has many looks.
If you just get one measurement the way you want it – the waist – you’re good to go. You can make this beauty a million different ways.
Spend less time fitting
This skirt nips in at the natural waist then flows gently out over the hip and thigh area. That means it only requires one measurement to achieve a great fit – the waistline.
Less time fitting ultimately means more time sewing. We love that.
A quick muslin or even a simple tissue fitting is all you’ll need before moving on to your fashion fabric!
Spend less time cutting
With no more than 7 pattern pieces for any version, this skirt is super quick to lay out and cut. Because sometimes you just need a go-to basic you know you can whip up in a hurry.
A different way every day
Choose a design that suits your style: Short and pleated with belt loops, long with front button closure and pockets, or long and flowing sheer version with a lining. Or any combination of the three!
By mixing and matching the design details from each variation, you can create a fresh look for each day of the week. No matter what you choose, Zinnia balances playful with professional, flowing beautifully from the coffee shop to the office.
Any fabric, any season
Every version and every size of Zinnia can be made with less than 3 yards of fabric. Go ahead, splurge on that silk charmeuse or lovely rayon you’ve been eying! A little bit will go a long way for this garment.
How often are you able to use heavy, swishy or slinky fabric for the same pattern? By offering both a pleated and a gathered waist, Zinnia can be created from nearly any fabric in your stash.
That also means you can modify it to suit any kind of weather. You’ll soon have a whole collection of seasonal separates, from pleated wool for winter to gathered voile for spring.
We know you love pockets. We do, too! They’re functional, easy additions that add a whole lot of style. So we decided to offer you two variations.
Patch pockets offer a cute detail in version 1. Ours have an inverted box pleat and a flap.
In-seam pockets offer a discreet place to tuck your keys or cell phone, eliminating the need for a purse. Or, they can just be a place to put your hands.
To celebrate our launch, Zinnia will be 15% off now through Friday, September 20 at midnight US Pacific. Go for it now!
Be sure to watch the video to see Zinnia in action, and bonus cute doggie:
[You can also view this video on Vimeo]
Credits and details:
Model: Jade Sheldon
Photography assistants: Sheli Ben-Ner and Kristen Blackmore
Jewelry: Tiro Tiro
Set: Home of the lovely Jen McCabe of Honey Kennedy
Wardrobe: Cabled sweater (vintage), hats (vintage), boots (Frye Lucy Boots), cream loafers (vintage Brooks Brothers), brown loafers (vintage), tights (we love colors), silk tank (Sorbetto), wine leotard (Danskin)
Fabrics used: Navy rayon challis (version 1), Metallic heavy tweed (version 2), mocha silk chiffon (version 3), all purchased locally in Portland, OR