Tahi is a two-piece pattern - a woven skirt and a knit shrug that are great worn individually or together!
The Tahi skirt takes inspiration from 1940's designs,featuring assymetric angled panels on the front, a lapped zipper at the centre back, and a slim waistband that sits at the natural waist and fastens in the centre back with a button.
Make the Tahi skirt in a slim A-line cut, or choose flared panels on one side at the front for added drape detail. Prefer simpler skirts? There's a basic slim A-line version of the Tahi skirt to make as well. All three versions of the Tahi skirt can be made in knee-length or maxi-length, and either lined or unlined.
The Tahi shrug also nods back to the 1940's, with its open front, curved hems, and set-in sleeves. There are four sleeve variations to choose from - a short sleeve that puffs out slightly then gathers into a wide band, or a classic narrow sleeve with a lightly-gathered sleeve head that can be made in short, 3/4 or full length. A narrow band around the hem of the Tahi shrug gives an easy, tidy finish.
With a slim fit and shaped side seams, the Tahi shrug is designed to sit well over dresses, blouses and close-fitting tops. A wonderfully versatile garment!
Tahi is suitable for all seasons. Make the knee-length skirt in a tweed with lining, and the shrug with long sleeves in a wool knit for a winter outfit. Or use a cotton or rayon for the skirt and a lace knit for a short-sleeved version of the shrug for summer.
Tahi is a PDF pattern with both print-at-home and print-at-copyshop options, delivered straight away to your inbox on purchase. (Please note that the pattern file is a .zip format and will need to be opened on a laptop or desktop. Smartphones and tablets are unable to open .zip files.)
The skirt and shrug have separate pattern files and instruction files, so you can choose whether to print both or only the style you're wanting to make.
Tahi is in Muse sizing 30 - 50, which correspond to bust sizes 30" - 50". (See the sizing chart for more details.)
Make the shrug in light-medium weight jersey/knit fabrics, such as merino wool, wool or acrylic blends, cotton knit, cotton blends, or even stretch lace. Make a cozy shrug for winter in a wool blend, or a lightweight one to throw on in spring or summer in a cotton or lace knit!
The Tahi skirt can be made in a variety of woven fabrics. Cotton, linen, wool, rayon, light-mid weight denim - all are suitable. For variation B with the flared panels, choose a fabric that drapes well. You could make a knee-length version of the Tahi skirt in a midweight denim. Or a maxi length with flared panels in a soft rayon.
What did we use? The brown skirt is in a wool blend tweed and is fully lined, paired with a shrug in a merino wool. The blue skirt is a lightweight denim, with a synthetic blend for the shrug. And the maxi skirt is in a rayon.
Fabric and notion requirements
Except where otherwise stated, all fabric requirements listed are based on the largest size (size 50).
35cm / 14" of cotton tape, clear elastic or similar to stabilise shoulder seams
1 x 15mm / 0.6” button
1 x 18cm / 7” dress zip
120cm x 10cm / 50” x 5” fusible interfacing
Every time we release a new Muse pattern, we donate the full purchase price (less bank fees) of every sale of that pattern during the first week to a charity. For the Tahi pattern, the first week's sales (less bank fees) until 1 November will be donated to the Neonatal Trust - a charity that supports premature and unwell babies and their families.