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|Other: GertiesBook (The Pencil Skirt) - Type:Skirts |
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|Posted on:||6/20/13 10:17 AM |
|Last Updated:||6/20/13 10:37 AM|
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|Fabric:||Stretch Sateen [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Fitted, high-waisted pencil skirt with optional boning, underlining and lining. Lapped centre-back zipper with single-button closure.
As per Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. Traceable sizes for 2-16. I traced a 4 at waist and graded to 6 at hips. My measurements are waist 27.5" and hips 39".
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think so! Gertie's waistband is more structured as it has boning, which I bought supplies for but forgot to insert (it is not mentioned in the actual pattern instructions and is separately illustrated on the following page - I am forgetful and needed reminding). So, the waistband does fold easily on me, especially with sitting/driving/etc, but that's OK! This one was supposed to be a wearable muslin.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were. I think it is great for beginners who want to learn or practise a few couture techniques.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really liked this pattern. As mentioned, it would have been good to get a small prompting in the pattern instructions for the boning (i.e. to insert boning, see page yada yada). But this is purely my forgetfulness, and not specifically a fault of the book! I like that the pattern was straightforward but still has challenging aspects.
I used about a metre of cotton stretch sateen in a silvery blue. I had it leftover from a previous pattern. I wanted to make a muslin to test out the sizing on this skirt before I cut up some precious vintage blue/white tartan silk suiting.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I traced a size 4 pattern at the waist and graded out to a 6 at the hips. I made no other alterations, but I think the skirt is a little on the long side for my frame. I am 165cm and it is almost mid-calf-length on me. It is a classic length but does emphasise my vertically challenged-ness if I wear it with flats.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I did enjoy sewing this pattern and I will most likely make it again in a silk suiting. It would also be great in a stretch fabric for something comfortable and flattering. It's great for beginners and experienced seamstresses - a great wardrobe staple! The great thing about Gertie's book is she explains how you can take the pencil skirt pattern (and many others) and alter it to create many different garments.
This was the first pattern I've sewed from GNBFBS and it certainly won't be the last! I have a couple of ideas for making this skirt again, which I have written about on my blog, where there are also better pictures. Thanks for reading my review!
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