|Pattern Description: Pencil skirt with fringe.click here|
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 instructions come in a neat little spiral notebook which means you can take it to bed and read it before commencing! However, after perusing the instructions, I decided that a pencil skirt really didn't need 23 pages of instructions. So I paid little attention to them. However, a beginner would probably be comforted by the detailed instructions. And I am assuming that the designer, who also makes RTW, was describing the exact method that she uses.
I totally didn't understand the instructions for attaching the fringe so just did it the way that made sense to me. IE, I placed the fringe pieces and the skirt, RST, serged, the pressed the seam up and stitched right above the seam line. Then came the fun part -- fringing! Totally wrecks up your sewing space and you'll have fabric "fleas" for days -- but very mindless and good for catching up on television shows!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like the style of this skirt; think the fringe makes it flirty and different. Also, I have to say that this is the best fitting pencil skirt I've ever made! The front darts seem to angle out toward the sides so maybe that has something to do with the excellent fit. The sizing is very much like RTW, so I started with the size 4 in the waist and tapered to a size 2 beginning about 2 inches below the waist.
The finished waistband is very narrow, about 1/2". It is neat looking but I might widen it a bit the next time and lap it.
This skirt is drafted to measure 18". I don't know if that includes fringe or not, but I lengthened mine to 21". I am 5"8" and it is still above the knee.
Fabric Used:I used a black and white silk/cotton from Sew Much Fabric. I consider this source sort of like a boutique -- not a dizzying array of fabrics, but all are high quality and unique. This is the perfect fabric for this skirt! I bought enough so that I can make a jacket for the fall.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I underlined the skirt with silk organza to stabilize it some, though I'm not sure this was necessary.
As I mentioned before, I added length. It is SHORT!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes! In fact, with or without the fringe, this might be my new go-to pencil skirt pattern.
Conclusion: A well-drafted pattern with great fit!