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11/5/09 10:22 AM
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This is really a lovely skirt. Even though the pattern you used is out of print, there are many other patterns with a similar effect. I appreciate your styling of this garment with the wrap top and boots. Your outfit is inspiring because it is at the same time feminine, businesslike, upscale, bohemian, comfortable (if the boots are), authoritative, nonintimidating, washable, usable in all seasons (replacing the boots with sandals in summer) and appropriate for all ages. I really love it! I am nearly fifty, but I've never wanted to look frumpy, and most people think I'm a little younger. Balancing age-appropriateness with a desire for comfort and a youthful, stylish preference, this outfit has it all. The top can be used well with jeans as well. I have patterns similar to this and am now inspired to sew them up and put them to work. Thanks for this review! I'm going to try to make an outfit similar to yours except in my colors and no spiked heels. The heels look great, but if I can't walk a mile in a shoe, it's not for me. Wish I could figure out what would look good though besides the spiked boots. Yours look just right. Oh, also, I think this style (both skirt pattern and the whole outfit) would look good on a lot of different shapes and sizes. Kudos! Question: How important do you feel it is for this skirt to be constructed with a natural fiber fabric? I assume the wool's ability to flex and stretch vertically on the bias contributes to the lovely drape of this skirt. I'm always tempted to make a first version in cheap Walmart fabrics, but I know it's never going to look as nice as the version I make from the suitings I get from michaelsfabrics.com. Agreed or maybe not?
11/5/09 10:45 AM
Beautiful ensemble, Barbara! You created a look that is chic, classic, and versatile. The top, skirt, boots, and every detail is showstopping!
11/5/09 10:57 AM
I agree with everything the first commenter said. This a fabulous outfit and you look like you could go anywhere in it. Love love love the skirt.
11/5/09 11:05 AM
Love your outfit. Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm now kicking myself for passing up this pattern.
11/5/09 11:12 AM
Thank you for your comments! PopoAgie, regarding your question on fabric type, I notice there is not a word on the pattern envelope or instruction page for fabric suggestions, but I would think any type of light to medium weight fabric with soft hand and fluid feel would give good results. True confession on the boots - I've had them for several years, really love them, but can not "walk a mile" in them. For that I will change to lower heeled boots!
11/5/09 11:45 AM
Great skirt and a really good look. Your wardrobe is coming together beautifully.
11/5/09 12:07 PM
I loved the top the first time I saw it and now love it more paired with this beautiful skirt. You are an inspiration :-) (no pressure, huh?)
11/5/09 12:14 PM
Barbara, stunning outfit. I love it. I have this pattern but haven't used it yet. I must. I see the fabric suggestions on the envelope are crepe and light weight denim. Your stretch twill is probably very similar to those.
11/5/09 12:46 PM
Stunning. This outfit is beautiful, but the skirt would look great with so many things, including a nice, cuddly sweater. You are such an inspiration. I'm going t have to make this skirt!
11/5/09 4:10 PM
Cute skirt. I have an old Vogue skirt pattern that is very similar to this. So flattering.
11/5/09 4:36 PM
Your wardrobe is so amazing. Everything is flawlessly sewn in the perfect style and fabrics. I love each garment you make. This skirt is so pretty! Do you ever make a wadder?!
11/5/09 4:57 PM
This skirt is really pretty on you! I love all the interesting construction lines.
11/5/09 5:57 PM
This skirt and top are just so elegant and beautiful. I notice the colors of the fall foliage are still holding nicely and it makes the perfect backdrop for your outfit!
11/5/09 8:11 PM
Very nice!! :) PopoAgie is right -- even though this one is OOP, there are other skirts with similar "swish," and it's great to see how nicely a skirt with this shape can fit and drape. Thanks for the review.
11/5/09 9:33 PM
lovely, Barbara! I have this pattern but have never made it up. I keep imagining it in some type of velvet.... but now maybe I will keep a stretch wool in mind.
11/5/09 11:59 PM
Barbara, this is lovely on you! I have the pattern as well and hope mine turns out as nicely. I do have one question -- since your fabric is soft and has some stretch, did you tape the facings at the waist at all? I wasn't sure if the waist would stretch out at all without tape.
11/6/09 6:28 PM
Thank you all for the comments. Fran S, I did not tape the waist area, but that is a good idea. I wore the skirt out last night and didn't notice any stretching or find it around my ankles which proves that it does work without tape, at least with my fabric.
11/7/09 10:49 AM
Lovely, graceful skirt Barbara. Another winner. For those of you who fell in love with this skirt, as I did, you can order it on PR, and with a discount for members :-))
11/8/09 12:04 PM
Wow, y'know, I love this look so much I went back 30 pages (!!!!) to find this skirt review again (thank you, B!). What a surprise: ever so happy to see it's not OOP after all!!!!
11/26/09 9:04 PM
oops, duplicate - no idea how!
11/26/09 9:50 PM
I like your fabric choice and detail work. What is a "triple stitch"? Thanks!
12/31/09 11:42 AM
Dris, the triple stitch is a utility stitch offered on many sewing machines. Its function is for durability in attaching sleeves, sewing inseams, etc. Also in sewing stretch fabrics because of its forward/reverse/forward motion and finally for decorative stitching as was my use. For my fabric it was easier to use the triple stitch with regular thread in lieu of normal single stitching with topstitiching thread. Thank you all for your comments!
1/1/10 10:42 PM
Barbara~ it was YOUR mini wardrobe that inspired me to start working on one for myself for fall 2010( its April now so I am not expecting it in 4 weeks!) I think we have about the same body shape and may be about the same age ,so your style spoke to me~ I IMMEDIATELY fell in love with this skirt and it said BUY THIS PATTERN NOW before it goes OOP! I am a returning seamstress and have to get my skills back up there,, but I wanted you to know that I LOVED everything you made and that you inspired me to start keeping a notebook with fabric swatches , same as I did when we were building our home~ Always there and in my purse at the ready,,so no bad fabric purchases! Thanks for the ideas! You look fabulous in this skirt!
4/30/10 9:19 AM
celticfiddler, Thank you for your very kind and complimentary words which creates motivation and reminder for me to continue with the larger picture of incorporating wardrobe planning with sewing. It is really "PatternReview.com" that is at the heart of all this with such wonderful opportunities for members to participate, learn and share the knowledge and fun! Thank you! Barbara
5/1/10 12:29 PM
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