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Reviewed by:Christine K

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Posted on:7/13/14 3:59 PM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 8664 by Christine K

Simplicity: 8664 by Christine K  Simplicity: 8664 by Christine K  
Pattern Photo:Simplicity 8664
Simplicity Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 1 people   
Fabric:Polyester Georgette  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Straight skirt with back zipper; side and back slit options; embellishment and trim options.

Pattern Sizing: Size N 10,12,14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I sewed View C, a skirt with a sheer overskirt. Yes, it looked like the photo on the pattern minus the novelty braid trimming.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions were very easy to follow. However, the instructions for the overskirt said only to "finish the side seams by using one of the seam finishes for sheer fabrics". If you do not know what those seams are, or how to sew them, the pattern provides no guidance. I had to refer to my old sewing book to refresh my memory about how to sew an encased seam.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There is nothing special about the pattern (a single front piece, two back pieces, and waist facings) but what I really liked was View C, a dressy skirt with a sheer overskirt. Also, the skirt is full enough to omit the back slit, which meant that the sewing with a sheer fabric was easier and created a more professional result.

Fabric Used: I used a sheer floral polyester georgette from my mom's fabric stash and a crepe-backed polyester satin from Hancock's for the underskirt. The bright gold of the underskirt changed the appearance of the sheer fabric so much, my mom did not recognize it when I showed her my skirt.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the back slit (not needed) and graded from a size 12 up to a size 14 at the waist. I sewed the overskirt using French seams and serged the seams of the underskirt. For View C, the pattern said to hem the underskirt 1.25 inches and hem the overskirt 5/8", folded over to create a slim ~1/4" hem. I hemmed the underskirt by hand and hemmed the overskirt on the sewing machine. However, I do not have a steady hand and my top stitching was poor. So I hand stitched the hem of the overskirt and then painstakingly removed the machine hem. It took forever but was well worth it because now the hem looks like the French seams on the side of the skirt.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I really like the pattern but I have so many in my pattern stash to try, I doubt I'll sew this pattern again. I definitely recommend this pattern to others. I sewed View B (also reviewed on this site) to test the pattern before sewing View C with a delicate fabric (and French seams which I don't know how to alter once sewn).

Conclusion: An easy pattern with lots of fabric, slit, and embellishment options, resulting in a beautiful skirt.

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LoriMinnesota said...
This turned out very pretty. I love the fabric! Great job!!
7/17/14 0:10 AM
judypin said...
It turned out beautifully and fits you perfectly - very well done!!
7/13/14 5:10 PM
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