Ever since there have been spoilers of this pattern, I have been so excited for it to come out. When I was in high school I LOVED jean skirts – I think I owned every single Abercrombie and Fitch Jean Skirt that existed from 2005-2007. Then they fell out of style and moved to the back of my closet. But now, they’re back and I couldn’t be more excited. In fact, I wore this skirt to meet my mom on Saturday and she said, I’m pretty sure I just donated an A&F skirt just like that this week….
The Sandbridge Skirt is a casual skirt with two hem lengths – mini and an above the knee version. It features a raw hem (with an optional regular hem) and all the features of that classic jean skirt. The wasitband facing is finished with bias tape for a really beautiful inside skirt as well as outside. It can be made in both stretch and non-stretch fabrics leading this to be the ultimate skirt pattern. I used pre-made bias tape from the Felt Pod on Etsy (similar here).
I used some leftover Cone Mills Denim from my Ginger Jeans (I must have ordered a million yards, because I still have some left over…Actually, I just looked. I ordered 4 yards I don’t know what I was thinking!). I love Cone Mills denim and it was perfect for this skirt.
Despite my fear of topstitching in noticeable colors, I used a traditional gold top stitching thread and I really love how it turned out. This skirt has all the denim mini skirt feels I was going for.
Just like many of the other Hey June Handmade instructions, these were top notch. Her instructions are always super detailed and make sewing even the trickiest steps a breeze. I did have to laugh – I’ve made a fair number of jeans before and ALWAYS mess up the wasit band – you know, the part where you sew it down and then flip it over and push out the corner by the button? Does that make any sense? I probably have to do this step at least 5 times per each pair of jeans (probably more, not even exaggerating). Well, this time I didn’t even realize it, but I did it all in one try and didn’t think twice about it! Sandbridge instructions for the win!
The only thing that I wish the pattern had was a top stitching guide for the fly. I ended up using the one from my Ginger Jeans to mark on the front of the skirt to help with my fly top stitching.
If you followed along with my sewing over on Instagram this weekend, you got a glimpse at how I plan my sewing and plan my weekend sewing to-dos. This was top of the list for the weekend and got cracking at it immediately after getting home on Friday. I was so surprised how quickly the skirt came together though. In a little over 3 hours I finished the project from cutting –> to final stitches. The only modification I made was leaving off the rivets and the belt loops.
I paired my Sandbridge with a Sew Over It Silk Cami – one of my favorites. I also sewed up a Key Largo Top that I paired with it as well – but you’ll have to stay tuned to see photos of that!
If you want to sew the Sandbridge make sure to check out the sew along that started today! In addition, make sure to check out my beginner guide to sewing jeans as the skills there are applicable here as well!
Sandbridge Skirt Summary:
Size Made: 6
Fabric Used: Cone Mills S-Gene Denim from Threadbare Fabrics
Ease of Construction: The instructions are top notch here and it came together really quickly.
Fit: LOVE the fit! It’s perfect.
Repeatable? Yes! I am thinking in a white denim and also in stretch twill for fall!
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