Pattern Description: This is a skirt drafted from the Colette Iris shorts pattern. The center seams are just extended from the waist to create a skirt.
Pattern Sizing: 0-18 in the original.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, except skirt.
Were the instructions easy to follow?NA
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The shorts fit me well and so does the skirt. I love the pockets and the buttons that keep them closed.
Fabric Used: A heavy denim, no stretch at all. Maybe a wee bit more heavy than classic nonstretch Levis. Works great for this. Used muslin in pockets and for facing at waistband to reduce bulk.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Again, I just extended the center seam downwards. Both the front and back have center seams, the vestiges of the shorts. Hemmed to 21 inches. I topstitched the waistband, hem and front seam with offwhite cotton topstitching thread. I lengthened the pockets and widened them so that they could be anchored to the center seam (rather than hanging free.) I wish I had patched a strip of denim to the muslin pocket at the opening--you can see the plain muslin in the pocket peeking out, but I'll pretend this is a design feature.
- Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is my second version of the Iris shorts-to-skirt, but this one shows the construction more clearly, plus I'm entering this in the fabric stash contest.( I posted on the same day a pair of shorts made from the same pattern/fabric so you can see the similarity/differences.) I recommend this approach if you have a shorts/pants pattern you like--it's very simple to make a similar skirt. The center seams also allow you to use leftover or narrow yardage since the individual fabric pieces end up fairly narrow.