|Pattern Description: Knit Top with horseshoe neckline, cap or elbow length sleeves and a seamles four-leaf-clover-shaped peplum. Optional mid-century sewing challenge: dickey and bias cuffs from woven shirting fabric.|
Woven Skirt with no-gape panel pockets, back zipper and simple bound waistline (~1" below natural waist). Optional back tailfeather flounce.
This review is for the skirt
Pattern Sizing: Hip 35-55 inches, waist is customized.
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? The pattern instructions were concise, but complete and the diagrams are clear. The sewalong at sewingcake.com includes lots of extra detail with photos and tips.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?Likes: While basic, the skirt is definitely not boring. The pockets are convenient as well as being a cute detail. I love that the pocket bags are captured in the section seams, so they don't shift or bunch at all. And that flounce is ADORABLE, and really beautifully conceived and drafted.
Fabric Used: Cotton/poly/lycra stretch twill from Fashion Fabrics Club (I think.)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: You customize the size based on your hip and waist measurement, and I fall between sizes. I chose the larger size for my hips, but sized down for the waist. I ended up taking an additional 4 inches off the side seams at the fitting step. Fortunately, Steph designed the pattern to allow for fit adjustments at this stage, so it still looks great. I also lengthened the skirt 2 inches so that it would fall at the bottom of my knee.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? You bet! I love the shape of the skirt, the pockets and the ease of movement the flounce gives. Pegged skirts are generally not practical for me, as I chase kids and take long strides, but the flounce makes this one as easy to wear as a full skirt, but with way more va-va-voom. I definitely recommend it.
Conclusion: I really thought this would be a "church" skirt, but it turns out to be practical enough to wear all day. I love the style lines and the fit. I can't wait to make another!