Very loose-fitting top. Semi-fitted A-lined skirt has front in-seam pockets. I made the skirt.
AA (6-8-10-12) I made size 12 at the waist and 10 at the hips.
Yes, except for the length.
Nothing to dislike really except for the length. It is very very short.
Panama mechanical stretch, a polyester woven fabric with a built in stretch. It frayed like mad! I bound the pocket/yoke seams with some quilting cotton and used it for the pocket linings too. The side and back seams and the hem finish were bound with a purchased bias binding.
I had never inserted an invisible zip before and didn't have an invisible zip foot so I used the instructions from an old Threads magazine #115 June/July 2005 using a regular zip foot. I am thrilled that it turned out perfectly.
I had a few other problems of my own making along the way. Added a little extra to the side seams then had to take it out again. Because of my high round tummy I also put a couple of tiny darts extra in the front.
Due to the fraying of the fabric the binding gave me some trouble. Using the suggested method of of binding meant that it kept pulling off the edge of the seams. I persevered for the pocket/yoke seams but pressed the side and back seams open and used the Hong Kong method of binding which worked well. I had also lengthened the skirt by 15cm (6") which still left me with a shortfall of the 5cm (2") needed for the hem. I ended up using the leftover scraps to make a false hem. This put the finished skirt at mid-knee level which is much more suited for my mature years.
All in all I am quite happy with this skirt. I haven't had much luck with A-line skirts before but I seem to have solved my usual fitting problems by using my straight skirt block to check the waist and hip sizing. I have no waist and very flat hips so finding an anchor isn't easy. The slightly high waistband sits above my tummy and is very comfortable for me. It's a nice pattern and I will probably make it again but with a few shortcuts. Overlocking (serging) instead of binding and adding some more to the length. Did I mention the pattern is very short!!
I enjoyed making this skirt even with the little hiccups I encountered.