|Pattern Description: |
"Woven Skirt with no-gape panel pockets, back zipper and simple straight waistband (~1" below natural waist). Optional back tailfeather flounce for a 1930's style sewing challenge. Skirt is suitable for a wide range of woven fabrics- Orange View skirt is shorter and simpler, a workhorse wardrobe staple in twills, canvases or denim. Pink View Skirt is a little fancier and suitable for non-bulky bottom weight fabrics with some drape."
Hip 35-57". I made the pink version with the back flounce.
I discussed it before when I sewed up their Cabarita top, but Cake Patterns' "draw your own size" system is pretty cool – here you pick your pattern size based on your hip measurement (my size was a 40), then choose your waist measurement (mine was a 32), and draw a line between them. The only part that got really confusing was figuring out where the darts should be drawn, as there's numbers and dots all over the place!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, though I'm pleased that the pink version isn't as long as it appears in the drawing - mine hits right at my knee, which is perfect. (Photos)
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the instructions were great - clear illustrations and only a minimal amount of flipping back and forth between the two views. The instructions for the vintage-style lapped seam on the flounce were particularly good. I was afraid it might be a bit fiddly with the curved section seam and the bias flounce stretching out of shape, but the staystitching plus a line of vilene bias tape did the trick and mine came together on my first attempt.
I always appreciate it when a pattern reminds me which direction to press the seam allowances, too.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
As I said earlier, the defining feature of this skirt for me is the "tailfeather flounce" in the back. I love that it moves so nicely as I walk and twist around, and that it provides SO much walking ease for what looks to be a pencil skirt in the front. Really, a very clever piece of engineering, this! (Flounce "action shot" photos)
I also really like the front pockets - they're nicely deep yet close to the body and feel like they'll be great for stashing pretty much anything close to hand.
The only downside is a lack of lining, really.
The fabric is a terracotta cotton sateen which I picked up for free (you can't beat free!) in the swap at the recent Goldhawk Road meetup. It's definitely best as a bottom weight, and it sews and presses really nicely, but it does have a tendency to fray quite badly. I originally thought the Hummingbird was lined, but then when I realised it wasn't (and that I couldn't be arsed to draft my own lining), I decided to overlock the edges of all the pieces before sewing. This prevents fraying, and should prolong the life of the skirt, too.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As with my other travel skirt, I added a travel pocket inside the waistband of this one, too, even though there are really nicely sized pockets integrated into the design. The front pockets will be for all my ticket stubs and the like, but the secret interior one is for my passports and emergency cash! (Pocket photos)
The only fitting problem I had is that I'd cut out my pattern pieces a few weeks ago, and as you've seen, I've lost a significant amount of girth in the past two months, and when I went to try on the skirt mid-construction, it was hanging off me – seriously, I took six inches in total off the side seams! This isn't anything to do with Cake's sizing – this has got everything to do with me dropping a bunch of weight between choosing a size and sewing it up. Happily, I was able to take in the skirt at the side seams and the back darts and get a really nice fit before finally adding the waistband on. (Alteration photos)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I'd definitely sew up this version or the plainer orange version again. I think a denim skirt in either would be fantastic, or a tweed one for Fall!
A great pencil skirt in front, but with so much walking ease and fun details!
To see way more photos and details of this skirt, head over to FehrTrade.com!