The inspiration is a skirt from Preen Line. You can see pictures of the original pictures here. It's pleated with box and knife pleats, has a high waist with belt loops, a fly-front zipper and snaps to close the waistband.
Pictures are in my Flickr album and on my blog.
To make this pattern, I draped muslin on my form to create the pleats and define the width of the waistband. Then I drafted the flaps flat and I added the pattern pieces of one of my other skirts for the zipper part.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think it does!
As I said before, when you draft a pattern, construction is quite straight forward. There is no side seam to the first steps are to join the skirt panels at the Center Back, finish the zipper front, form the pleats and baste them, make the flaps and the belt loops. Then all that's left is basting the loops on the outer waistband, attaching it to the skirt, sewing waistband facing, adding the snaps and hem!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I always forget how to put in snaps that I don't use often so I always have to waste a few before I put them in properly...
Cotton Poplin by Theory from Mood NYC
Zipper from Pacific Trimming
Snap from stash
Fusible Interfacing from Guide Fabrics
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did make it longer! As I explain on my blog, I'm made this skirt thinking about my imminent move from New York to Haïti, so I have to adjust the length of my skirts!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I may, we will see how practical this style is...
I love the final result, I was going to make it and then I realized that the RTW challenge had started. I got really excited because it's my favorite PR challenge! Pricewise, this skirt retailed for 410$ and I'm pretty sure it costed my less than 10% of that price so it's a great price/time invested ratio! You can see more pictures on my blog and read about my move to Haïti!