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|Simplicity: 2226 ( Learn to Sew Misses' Skirt) - Type:Skirts |
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|Reviewed by:||Erin D|
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|Posted on:||6/29/11 7:50 PM |
|Last Updated:||6/12/13 11:05 AM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
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|Fabric:||Linen [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Love this skirt! I sewed it this time in traditional African fabric. I added a band to break up the pattern, piping at the waistband, and a few tucks at the bottom.
** Edited 9/10/11 for 2nd version
This type I sewed the skirt in denim, and it came out much better than the crunchy linen I used before. I spent at least 20 minutes in the denim section at Jo-Anns, trying to decided on the perfect midweight denim, pretending I was some type of human balance scale, "weighing" the denim options. I ended up with 5.8 oz, which worked great.
No changes except this time I did a lapped zipper because I hadn't done one in so long.
hem facing with rayon seam binding
Skirt with yoke, gathered front and back, with pockets and back zipper
There is a short and long length. I originally cut the longer view but ended up with the shorter one.
I sewed a 12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are exceptionally detailed because this is a "learn to sew" pattern, so there is a lot of good information for beginner about how to choose a size, pattern layout, etc.
With that being said, I didn't really use the instructions, except for the pockets because I like to assemble the front and back, and then baste at the side seams to check for fit.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I chose this pattern because I love a Banana Republic skirt that I have, and was looking to replicate it. This pattern is extremely close to the design.
The pockets are nice and I think this style of skirt is really fun. There is no gathering over the hips so it's flattering that way, and I love a wide yoke at the waist.
Did you ever choose a fabric determined that it would be perfect for your project, even though while sewing it, it becomes clear that it is not? I really wanted a linen skirt like my original RTW, but I didn't really realize that this pinstriped linen is not very drapey and has a stiffness to it. I think the hand of linen really varies according to type. I purchased it at Jo-Anns.
I used a metal zipper from my vintage zipper collection purchased on Ebay and a floral cotton for the hem facing (see below).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did my typical waist alteration, which is cutting a 12 and then adding an inch to the front and back. Although I lengthened the yoke quite a bit, I had no difficult still having enough fabric to gather in the front. I often think the gathering ratio in the big 4 patterns is different than RTW-maybe too much with these patterns.
I contemplated adding a lining since this linen is a bit sheer, but it seemed complicated since the front piece is the pocket with the pocket bag behind it. I think you would have to draft a simpler lining piece if you wanted one.
I also did a zipper installation which is sort of a modified exposed zipper.
I position the fold right next to the zipper teeth and sew down on both sides. The zipper is exposed but not as dramatically as a regular exposed zipper.
The best part of the project was when I realized the original skirt's hem had a hem facing, which is why I think it looks so nice. I found a tutorial about how to do one, and then I cut along the bottom with a seam allowance of 1/2". This facing really tempers the gathers which jut out with this crazy linen I chose, and it feels really substantial.
I also used seam binding on the back seam, which I also find easiest with the zipper and keeping everything neat. I used french seams elsewhere, but they are kind of crazy because there is a lot of bulk toward the top of the side seams with the front, pocket bag and back piece.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I definitely want to sew it again, and I will choose my fabric more carefully! It's a great skirt.
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