|Pattern Description: Maxi length skirt tutorial/pattern by blogger Lorenna Buck, described here.|
Pattern Sizing: Ostensibly similar to Burda size 34-44. As I am outside of this range I graded up one size to a 46, but not very scientifically.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except my skirt is shorter and also less full. I don't think the fullness of the skirt was graded up well in general in this pattern as you get into larger sizes, and I exacerbated this with my subsequent grading to a larger size still. I don't mind, because I didn't want an ultra full skirt, but if you do want that, it's something to keep in mind.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I actually really didn't get along with the instructions as written at all -- I found the waistband instructions confusing and I don't think I would have liked how it turned out if I had followed them. However, having made quite a few skirts now I didn't really need them. I just used a waistband treatment that I prefer from several other skirts I've made.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the idea of the two layer maxi skirt using a very thin gathered skirt top layer (although it's meant for layers of silk and silk chiffon, which is really not in my budget for a casual summer skirt!) and a slimmer A-line lining underneath. It cuts out some of the unflattering bulk of gathered waist skirts made all in cotton or similar. I didn't really like the waistband as written and did something else.
Fabric Used: The overlay is a polyester georgette border print. It was sold to me as a sari fabric and seems to have come from India, according to the label. The lining is a very basic, inexpensive turquoise polycotton. The georgette was vile to sew and every time I sew with this kind of fabric I swear I never will again.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As noted above, I graded it. I also cut the gathered top layer in a single piece rather than a back and a front -- it made for awkward gathering but one less french seam, also with my border print the interruption of the seam was a bit ugly. The pattern author shows the lining with a horizontal hemline, which looks very weird when the skirt is on as the skirt dips at the side seam. I cut the hem to a shallow curve when I realized this. I wish I had also made this skirt just a tiny bit longer, maybe 2cm or so -- this length was the longest I could cut given my fabric constraints (in fact, I didn't hem it just to keen an extra little bit of length - that's the selvedge at the bottom of the skirt).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Theoretically, I'd sew it again, but I really only need one skirt like this in my wardrobe. It's a lovely idea for a skirt that I would recommend to others, but I don't know that I would necessarily point a beginner to this tutorial in order to make it.
Conclusion: I had a horrible time sewing this for fabric reasons, but it grew on me really quickly once I'd finished it and taken photos. Definitely a fun addition to my casual summer wardrobe.
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