I’m extremely pleased to announce that Decades of Style has expanded their size range for their Decades Everyday patterns! The Chore Skirt just released today and goes up to a size 26 or a 46″ waist. This means no more grading up for me! When Janet asked me to test the skirt, I jumped on the chance. I’ve been a big DOS fan for a while. The instructions and drafting are great. The vintage style is right up my alley.
The Chore Skirt is not your regular pleated skirt. It has a narrow waistband, side seam pockets with a side seam zipper, and beautifully placed pleats in the front and the back. In the front, there are less pleats than the back for a clean look. The back pleats really give the skirt a lovely look. There are also side pleats that make the pockets and zipper disappear. There is a bottom panel in the skirt that is perfect for contrasting fabric or for using bias tape or lace. The hem is weighted so that the skirt always draped beautifully. The skirt works beautifully in mid to lightweight fabrics that can handle the multiple pleats at the back.
I made my skirt in a hot pink cotton poplin with bias trim above the bottom panel. The skirt went together really quickly except that I originally forgot the side pleats and frantically messaged Janet saying the waistband didn’t fit. She was very wonderful about it, but my cheeks sure were red! With the side pleats, it of course fit perfectly into the waistband. D’oh.
I will need to wear this version with a belt, but that is okay. My gold belt looks fabulous with it. 😉 I made a size 24, but likely should have made a size 22 instead. I was trying to be extra cautious because my waist can fluctuate due to inflammation. Next time, I will choose a size 22. I have visions of making this in chambray fabric or some lovely linen. Or copying this vintage version posted on the Decades of Style IG page:
Isn’t it beautiful? ❤
Here is my gorgeous version! Don’t I match my blog theme perfectly? ❤
Just a note, the belt is styled under the waistband here since I haven’t added carriers yet for the belt.
Look at that swish!
Needless to say I am totally biased because I was already a fan girl of DOS and I got the pattern for free. But in spite of that bias, I really love this skirt and I think it’s a great pattern.
- Pattern: Decades Everyday Chore Skirt
- Pros: Well-drafted pattern and a great size range! The strategically placed pleats are really going to look awesome on a lot of people.
- Cons: I’m not sure I have any cons!
- Make again?: Already dreaming of the next one!
- Rating: 5/5 stars
28 thoughts on “Decades Everyday Chore Skirt”
It’s so gorgeous! I need to try this! It looks like it would lend itself to some color-blocking which I am interested in.
Thank you! 🙂 You would look awesome in this skirt!
Very pretty skirt with obvious potential for lots of personalising. Looks great on you.
Your looking really good (not just the outfit)
Thank you so much! 🙂 ❤
This looks GREAT! Love the way you styled it with the black & gold.
I’ve always been afraid to wear a pleated or gathered skirt. And actually have only one skirt, (skorts not included) many skirts add bulk in an area I don’t need extra but this skirt is really nice not too many pleats in the front definitely helps & the back pleats add a lil “sas” as you swish away lol.
Another beautiful make.
Thank you so much! You could definitely rock this skirt. 🙂
What a great skirt. The style of the skirt plus the gorgeous pink fabric seems so perfect for you!
Thanks, Anna! 🙂
Nice! I like the trim at the junction of the panels, and the different spacing of the pleats. The wider centre front pleat is really helping the style.
Thanks, Jay. 🙂
I love this on you, wow. And I am very glad to hear they’ve increased their size range because their patterns are great.
Thank you so much, Rebecca! The new size range is great! 🙂
You totally match your blog theme Andie! 😀 I love that yours has a softer look than the striped one–that one is cool too, but I like how the pleats fall on yours, plus it’s hot pink! It looks like on the pattern the bottom is meant for a brocade or a lace overlay? That would be such a pretty contrast!
Thanks, Elizabeth. The bottom part would look gorgeous with a lace overlay or in brocade. What a great idea! 🙂
Oh FRICK I love this! And it gives me the perfect excuse to buy some fabric I was eyeing off yesterday but couldn’t think of a potential project to justify it…
Yours looks so good on you and that colour is just perfect!
Thanks so much! This is going to look awesome on you!! ❤
So beautiful!!! I bet it’s fun to swish around in!
So much fun! 😀 Thanks, Tanya!
I love it on you! You truly are “sew pretty in pink”!
Thank you “sew” much, Melinda! 😀
Absolutely gorgeous outfit. Well done.
Thanks so much, Judy!
My mind wants to try this. My big bum is saying “Er ah, not really”. I have ginormous 46″ hips. But here’s the rub, I like this pattern line too, giggles. Sew, that means, I’m probably gonna buy it and make at least one. I have been into 7″ waistbands lately. Loving the look coupled with invisible zipper and no hook and eye at the top.
Thanks for a lovely share. You are always well put together and write nicely.
Thanks, Lyric. 46″ hips aren’t so big. 😛 Mine are 54″. You would look fabulous in the skirt! 🙂
All the best,
I’m super excited to see this post because I have been looking at this pattern but was feeling very indecisive about it. I think my measurements and shape are pretty similar to yours, and it’s so helpful to see how a pattern comes together on someone who looks more like me than the models ever do. Thank you for all your blogging work, it is so very appreciated!
Thank you so much, Diana! It’s a lovely pattern! I’m glad to represent our shape. 😉
Ooo this is vintage inspired. I love it so much on you. Your blog is beautiful
Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. ❤