Pattern Description: An easy pattern designed to teach beginners how to sew a skirt WITH POCKETS!
Pattern Sizing: 8 for the waistband with 1/2" seam allowance, 6 for the body of the skirt.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but I also used noodlehead's sew along to insert the zipper and finish the waistband.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern will be easy for anyone with basic sewing skills to figure out. It was easy to make some basic alterations. I thought the back of the skirt was much too full, and I ended up taking 4 inches off the back panels to prevent too much puffiness (got the tip from acbrown28's review). No need to make my backside look even bigger!
Fabric Used: Quilting cotton - cause I ain't scared! It was a spontaneous choice because I fell in love with the print. It's actually very soft, and it worked pretty well for the pattern.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Sewed the belt loops directly into the waistband instead of topstitching. Trimmed 4 inches off the back panels. Added a second row of stitches 1/4" from the seam allowance along the bottom edge of the pockets for reinforcement.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I plan to make more in different colors. Yes, but I'd also recommend checking out some of the other reviews before starting. And measure your body! Don't just go off what the envelope says when choosing which size to cut. If you aren't sure, trace the pattern onto tracing paper first and don't cut the original tissue at all.
Conclusion: I ended up with a perfectly fitted skirt that will be perfect for work during the hot Texas summer! It's comfortable and easy to wear with a dressy t-shirt and belt. I love having deep pockets!
I normally don't wear skirts, but making this one has made me realize that having a well fitting garment makes all the difference in my comfort level.