Sew DIY Lela Skirt (Pattern Test)

I was lucky enough to help Beth from Sew DIY test the Lela Skirt recently. This is a relaunched of the Baseball Skirt with extending sizing (YES!) and several additional views.

The author standing in front of a sandstone wall.  She is wearing a striped skirt, white shoes and a grey t-shirt.

I made mine in a viscose remnant from Tessuti’s remnants table. It has a nice drape and will be perfect for summer.

I like the simplicity of this skirt, yet the pattern has 2 lengths, 2 pocket options (slanted or curved) and 3 hem options, so it’s quite versatile. You can mix and match easily – I used the View A hem (gently curved) but added the slanted pockets.

Author standing front on with hands in pockets.
Pockets people, POCKETS.

I had no worries sewing this up – pattern testing for resizing is the easiest as all the instructions don’t change!

All the deets:

Pattern: SewDIY Lela Skirt (formerly the Baseball Skirt) (View A)

Size: 16/18/20 (ish)


  • Cut a 20, graded to 18 in the hips
  • Added 2″ length
  • Took some more width out of the sides which probably took it back to an 16 hip? 

Fabric used: Drapey striped viscose (from the remnant table at Tessuti Fabrics ages ago). I had a 1.5m piece (135cm wide) and that was more than enough.

Like it?  Wearing it?  YES and Not yet – it’s winter here!

Notes for next time:  

  • Nil – it was quick and easy to sew
  • Definitely good to make again – could cut back to a 16/18. Will still need lengthening, but could be slightly shorter.

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