|I had a similar patent leather skirt (before kids) which was SUPER short and wanted a more grown-up version. Plus I was drawn to the Kristen Stewart look-alike model on the envelope.|
Pattern Sizing: 6-14. This was my first "Amazing Fit" pattern which has 1" side seam allowances. I cut my regular size but had all that extra width. Next time, I'll save myself the exercise and cut one size smaller and sew normal width side seam allowances.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Exactly. Others were able to wear this at their natural waist but with the contour waistband, mine really only sits well 1" below the waist as designed.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't like the testing steps where you undo it and redo it so I just did my own thing. 1. pockets 2. front center seam 3. front yoke 4. back yokes 5. back (invisible) zipper 6. sides 7. facings.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
* few pattern pieces
* goes together easily
* well of course I bought it for the huge pockets!
* skirt is more flared than in the photo. I read the other reviews which noted this and shaved the A-line by 1/2" on the sides. being short, I didn't want that much flare.
* the back darts are too close to the center seam. next time, I'll use the next size up darts or even 2 sizes up to get the dart a little more centered.
Fabric Used: This was the only tricky part. I got this wonderfully fluid, soft, shiny, mildly crinkly, faux patent leather from JoAnn's "luxuries" collection last year. It has good stretch and body (spongy). It feels and looks high end. Well, patent is unforgiving since puncture holes don't disappear. So I had to be really careful. You also can't iron it so all my seams had to be topstitched to lay flat. But this added a nice visual touch. Some of my topstitching wasn't the same width but once you start, there's no undoing it! I couldn't pin so I used "wonder tape" to baste everything. Even in a normal fabric, I'd use the "wonder tape" to prebaste the pockets so there is no slippage. I was too impatient to do a muslin so I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Fortunately it all worked out and it looks just like I envisioned it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. narrowed the A-line a smidge (1/2" on sides)
2. didn't hem it due to the fabric and it looked cool with a cut edge. I'm 5' so normal or tall people might want to lengthen it by a good 3-5" I'd think if you want a decent hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, but since waistlines are rising, I'll rework the waistband so it's not contoured and therefore will sit higher up.
Conclusion: Love dem pockets! This skirt is as versatile as a pair of jeans and goes with everything - plaid, sweaters, casual chic, lace. Something fun for crisp Autumn winds!