|I used this pattern to experiment with "Fabric blocking", using different fabrics in one garment (a bit like quilting, if you will...) I'm quite interested in developing this idea in my garment sewing.|
Pattern Description: A jacket, top, pants and pullon skirt. This review is for the skirt, View C, which is a 4 seamed, biais, Aline skirt, with an elastic waistband.
Pattern Sizing: Childs' sizes 2-6, I sewed the 6.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for my changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, it's an easy skirt.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is a good basic aline skirt pattern which I have sewed many times. I have sewn it before as per the pattern in a cord fabric and it was very nice.
Fabric Used: I used remnants, they all had a little bit of stretch. The pink is a cord, the denim was used with the WS showing, the black is a pair of old cord trousers that I cut up. I used bright pink thread to do alot of topstitching, which is always nice on denim.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't sew it is a biais skirt, and since my fabrics all stretch, the sizing was ok.
I added 1cm of length for my skinny 7yr old DD#2. (I actually didn't need to add the length, it's a bit long).
For the waistband, I usually just 3thread overlock finish the raw edge, then stitch it down (I don't turn under the raw edge a 2nd time as the pattern).
I laid out the pattern pieces and began to draw out the panels I wanted. Then I laid another piece of paper on top, added, SA's of 1/2" and redrew all the pieces.
I sewed all the horizontal seams 1st, then the verticals, then the facing, then the hem.
What I learned about "fabric blocking":
- be careful not to have pieces so small that the SA's begin to overlap inside (I had some panels too close to the facing, luckily they just butt up against each other, no overlap; would have been a bit uncomfortable since my fabrics aren't thin.)
- think about the organisation of vertical & horizontal seams - again when the fabrics are med-weight, things get a bit thick on the inside. Consider doing some panels with only vertical or horizontal, instead of panels having the two of them.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes & yes.
Conclusion: A nice skirt, I wish I had enough fabric left to make one for me!
I spent about 90 minutes drafting, and 4 hrs cutting & sewing.
The total cost was about $3.00 so it is a pretty & economical skirt.