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Pattern Review: Muna and Broad, Pyrmont Skirt

Threads #226, Summer 2024

Pull-on Pleated Skirt


Skill Level

An ideal first project for someone starting to sew.

Size Range and Fitting

Size A to M for waists 36 inches to 60 inches and hips 41-1/2 inches to 71-1/2 inches. If your measurements are beyond their size chart, Muna and Broad will grade up to your size at no additional cost. There is a lot of ease even in size A. The waist measures 36 inches, hips 41-1/2 inches and the finished circumference is 81 inches. 


The pattern recommends all sorts of fabric. The skirt’s silhouette will depend on the textile’s hand. The pattern pieces are cut on the crosswise grain; take this into account when making your choice. Directional and napped fabrics may not work, and some wovens drape differently when cut on the cross-grain. If you find a pleasing border print, try it with this design, placing the border along the hem. 

Style and Sewing Details

Close up of the elasticized back waist on the Muna and Broad Pyrmont Skirt, made in an oversized green-and-white tropical printA cute and easy style to wear. The pull-on skirt has a flat-front waistband with a set of inverted box pleats. There are five full box pleats plus a half box pleat on each side front, and ample side-seam pockets. In back there is a separate waistband casing with 1-1/2-wide elastic. The mid-calf length is finished with a 2-1/2-inch-wide topstitched hem. 

• The pattern instructions and drawings are detailed, and the match points are accurate. 

• The instructions include a helpful diagram showing which pages to print for the size you plan to make, so you don’t print unneeded pattern pieces.

• Topstitching the pleats partway can add interest. Alternatively, edgestitch the pleats’ inner folds to keep them crisp.

• The tester recommends paying attention to the drape and directional layout of the fabric. The seamstress says even a heavy fabric, such as the bottom-weight cotton we used, won’t overwhelm the design. On the other end of the spectrum, you could sew this in a sheer, flowing fabric and wear it over leggings.

• Because the skirt is cut on the cross-grain and the main pieces have straight side seams, it would be easy to lengthen the design into a maxi without needing to purchase much additional fabric.

• Pair the skirt with fitted knits, boxy tees, classic button-front shirts, or jackets from jeans jackets to cropped blazers.

Front and back illustrations of the Muna and Broad Pyrmont Skirt
Illustrations: Steven Fleck

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