Mari Melilot is the designer behind Melilot patterns and I’ve been part of her tester group for about a year now. Her designs are both classic and modern and can be adapted to a variety of styles depending on the fabric you choose. Her Siv skirt is versatile and easy to wear, and I’ve made two so far, both as part of testing the pattern before its release in April 2020. The skirt has an interesting pocket design and a concealed zip in the side seam. There is no lining, but a facing at the waist. There are guidelines for adding a lining in the instructions. There is no pattern for the lining, so you have to create this yourself, which is easy to do.The shape is straight, so it is a bit more casual than a true pencil skirt. It’s designed to hit you at the knees.
This blue wool/linen skirt is made exactly as designed, no modifications except for adding a lining. I made a size 40 based on my measurements, and it fitted me almost perfectly out of the envelope. I only had to take it in 2 cm at the waistline. I love how it fits me and I feel really good in this. The construction is easy to understand and everything comes together beautifully. There are instructions for interfacing the waist facings, but I interfaced the bias cut edges along the pocket lines with a 3 cm strip too because I worried they would stretch out. This seems to be a good decision. I love the result, but I think I have to shorten it with a few cm’s because it is a tad too narrow when I walk. I’m only 163 cm tall, and I think it is designed for slightly taller person. As long at it hits you just above the knees you should be fine.
I love this skirt and plan to make another one for summer, maybe in linen or light denim. Highly recommended!