Ah time for some Fall/Winter sewing again! I'm using stash fabrics and a stash pattern. I bought this pattern years ago when I was trying to make a nice skirt suit for the office. This is the skirt pattern I chose.
Misses/Misses' Petite skirt - below mid-knee, straight skirt has back zipper closure. A: topstitching in front, B, C: pleats in front. I made View A.
8-22. I used size 14 which was too large. I had to take the skirt in at the side seams to about size 12. My usual size for the big 5 is between 12 and 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
What attracted me was the drawing of view A. I thought the frilly front was very pretty looking yet polished enough for the office. It also sewed up very quickly.
A wool mix gabardine type fabric I got from the cheapy bin years ago. I love that dark teal colour. Who knew it would be a trendy colour for the Fall/Winter 2013 season (according to Pantone)? The fabric has a firm hand and was easy to sew. However, I think the weight of the fabric makes the 'frills' in the front a bit stiff. A lighter weight fabric would make the skirt more fluid and pretty I think.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I originally made a size 14 which was too big so I took in the side seams to about size 12. I also shortened the skirt because I'm short.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely recommend this to others. It's easy to sew and has a bit of style. I usually don't look good in these straight skirts because I have a very boxy figure already. But these frills in the front softened the boxiness. Moreover, the extra room in the front of the knee makes walking fast much easier! I don't know if I would sew it again since I don't wear much knee length skirts at the moment. Perhaps I will revisit this later when I need more knee length skirts.
Nice styling, easy to sew. Highly recommended.
Note: It's very difficult to show the real colour of the fabric in the photograph. The actual colour is more teal than this.