Pattern Testing: The Phoebe Maxi

Phoebe3I got chosen to help pattern test the Phoebe Maxi for the Phoebe Collection over at Pattern Union. I’ve been wanting to do this for  a long time and this was the first time I’ve been chosen.


I hope to continue pattern testing as it is very fun to be forced into having to choose a fabric. Then you must hurry and print out the pattern. You must cut it as soon as possible. Then you must actually follow the instructions as you sew it up. (Yes this can make it take longer than you would think) Once that is all done you are asked to take pictures and tell them your thoughts. It is a process.



The Phoebe Maxi is a pretty basic pattern, but one thing I found difficult it when it said to Cut 1 Pair. I understand why they don’t want you to just cut two, but I still struggled.


For those of you who haven’t sewn, most pattern pieces mirror left and right, so when they say cut a pair they mean for you to cut a left and a right. (the easiest way to do this is to fold your fabric in half and cut through both layers at once) If you simply cut two pieces you may end up trying to sew two right arms. We simply aren’t made that way.



The pockets on this skirt are lovely. The back pockets are just big enough to hold a slim mass market paper back. The front pockets, while not as large as you first may think on seeing the pattern, are still plenty big enough.


My favorite detail on the top of the skirt is the zig-zag stitching I used. I sewed the elastic in place with it. I sewed the pockets on with zig-zag stitch. You may not be able to tell, but I think it is so cute and such a fun detail. I didn’t bother to put any zig-zag on the lower tiers, because I ran out of time.



I didn’t just run out of time I also ran out of bobbin thread twice. I was almost done with some decorative zig-zagging the second time it ran out. That was maddening. I was furious. Whatever I’m finished now.


I don’t plan on wearing it anytime soon. I made it out of some poly-cotton that we had lying around and I don’t care much for that type of fabric. I also plan on putting it in the county fair. Hopefully I finally get a purple ribbon…

Thanks D for taking the pictures.

Does the yellow cancel out the fact that this skirt is mostly blues???

A yellow and purple plaid with with white writing saying "leave a comment"

Author: Weve got pockets

I am a young United States citizen. I've been mostly home schooled. I have no plans to go to college or university, but I plan to never stop learning. I'm the second youngest of seven. I love to teach. I feel called to design and sew modest clothes.

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