| Pattern Description: This a simple pattern for A-line skirt, high-waisted. Has center front and back seams so conservative in fabric. Back invisible zip. |
Pattern Sizing: 0-18.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yep.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Good instructions for beginners.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the shape of the skirt and the high waist. I made this and another smaller version for my daughter in black velvet. Because I did the two back-to-back with same thread on the machine and serger, similar fabric issues, it took less time.
Fabric Used: This is a red brown velvet, my 5th fabric stash reduction project. I bought this from a remmant table from a store that closed in 2008, so it's been in my stash a long time. I had made a Loes Hinse jacket from the fabric last summer as my first velvet project, and discovered some challenges-had about 1.5 yds leftover for the skirt. The fabric has two colors, brown and red, visible from different directions and is quite beautiful. Very drapey. I now have a velvet jacket/skirt suit.
Velvet is super-challenging to cut, sew and press, as I found out last summer on my first velvet project. I used rotary cutter to cut it, lined the waistband with rayon Bemberg to reduce bulk. Also key: used a Teflon foot to reduce friction (a roller foot worked OK too, but I preferred the Teflon) and slippage during sewing and hand basted all seams. (Double basted with waistband seam). Ripping out a seam in velvet is disaster, ruining the fabric, and I found that the small investment of time for basting was well worth the effort. Small needle and sewn with moderate tension. Pressed only from above on wrong side. 3-thread serged all seam allowances to finish. Interfaced hem with a narrow strip of bias cotton flannel --this really improves the look of the hem, which otherwise breaks into segments and doesn't lie smooth. I did use an invisible zipper, which is a bit challenging for a thick fabric like this--had to slightly widen the seam to accommodate the thickness. I hand sewed the hem. All in all, I feel like I did a much better job with the velvet this time. I'm going to to resew the jacket hem with the flannel interfacing.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None, except that I graded from 14 to 12 waist to hips. I find Colette patterns to fit quite well--no surprises.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I did and I will. A very comfortable, easy skirt.
Conclusion: This is a nice skirt pattern with a high waist, simple to sew. Fits well and doesn't take a lot of fabric.