An Overlocked Mabel


Sorry, I’m so wrapped up against the cold, (four layers and counting), that I’ve almost totally obscured the actual skirt in the first image above. We haven’t gone much above 2 degrees for about a week now and apparently it’s hanging around for a while longer yet…

This is the third Colette Mabel I’ve run up now. See here and here for the first two, but the first using my overlocker. A pattern that was simple and that I was already familiar with seemed the obvious first choice πŸ™‚ And do you know I’m now officially one of those people who can say I ran this up in under an hour?! Woo woo! Well, excluding the cutting out. I know that generally I’m trying to slow down with my sewing projects, but sometimes you just need a quick fix, and this was mine.

This is a really simple skirt to run up. Excluding the reinforced stitching along the top of the back vent and the hem, I managed to complete it all on my overlocker πŸ™‚ You can probably do these bits too if you’re prepared to switch needles or threads etc, but this was enough for me for now. And I didn’t want my sewing machine to feel too neglected…


I bought the material from Leon’s in Chorlton. It’s a very fine, dark grey stripe, which was a step up from my cheap, scarf fabric, but not too much so, just in case. As before I cut a size S and added an extra inch or so to the length. The slicing action of the blade was a little nerve-racking to begin with, but the professional look it gives your innards (which I’m attempting to show above) is really satisfying. My machine doesn’t have a ruler guide as my sewing machine has (and the overlocker I used on my course), so I will have to be careful of this on future makes.

I was interested to read Zoe’s review of this pattern, where she questioned the purpose of the back vent in a stretch skirt. My previous two did lie pretty flat once pressed, but this one (presumably because it’s a slightly thicker fabric) proved trickier. Next time, as Zoe recommends I might omit this vent totally.

And here’s one I made earlier, and have now fixed with the addition of a zip! Much more practical to get on and off… Thanks, as ever, for the great advice πŸ™‚

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37 thoughts on “An Overlocked Mabel

  1. It’s great to see you making progress with your overlocker! You can’t beat the professional finish it gives to the seams can you? And the fact you can sew the seam and finish the edge in one step:)

  2. So glad that you have caught the overlocker bug! My sewing machine is still being fixed and I am feeling quite anxious about not being able to sew. I completely forgot that you can make a garment with just the overlocker! Why this didn’t dawn on me before? Thanks for reminding me, I’ll be back to sewing again tonight – hooray!! πŸ™‚

  3. That looks really great and one of those items that could be worn to bits for work (in a British winter anyway!). Yet again, I’m inspired by you to investigate the Mabel myself. Can I ask, did you use a twin needle for the hem? I’ve just had my first experience with one (largely positive) so interested to know what others think?

    • Hi! It’s not the most exciting looking skirt, but one that I know I’ll wear loads πŸ™‚ I don’t have a twin needle, just a ‘stretch’ one, but I’m thinking of getting one soon. I can see a few more of these skirts in my wardrobe, before Winter’s out…

  4. A skirt in an hour, perfect and it looks great.

    I’ve got an old overlocker and so I have used a Sharpie to mark the 6mm and 15mm marks on my overlocker, a bit drastic but I know where my seams should be sitting.

  5. Great skirt – I just got an overlocker for christmas as well – I love it now after initially being terrified of using it! I did the same as you and started with a basic pattern that I already knew – a loose sweatshirt and did everything except hems in a few hours – its like magic!


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