MISSES' TOP AND SKIRT: Semi-fitted, lined skirt has waistband, front pleated inset, stitched hem and invisible side zipper. Both have French seams.
4-20 I made a 12 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?
I didn't rely on the instructions but they were not very clear imo... They give you invisible zip instructions and then just tell you to sew a french seam under it.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The instructions and balance of the front of the skirt. I liked that they included a separate pattern piece for the lining though.
Their hemming instructions also a bit odd.
The notches and upper front and back seam lines didn't match up correctly. I was also very careful about the french seams being meticulous it should match the given SA but it still didn't match up correctly and was Off by 1/4" on one side. The model is posed in all photos on the website to hide those seams with her wrists.
I would recommend adjusting the inset for the front pleat panel. It definitely drags on the front of the skirt. If you look at the model on the website there are vertical lines from the weight of where the inset is sewn to the inside front.
Rayon gabardine (stretch woven) medium to light weight, that I dyed peach color and a simple cotton lining.
It handled and reflects light like peau de soi and was a nightmare to sew because everything shows.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Added standard inches for 5'11" person legs, which are needed more often than not, but regretted it because it is quite long.
Ommitted waist band.
I sewed the lining in and under-stitched to about 1/2" from zip on both sides. Then, I sewed down the sides of lining over the zipper and turned the corners at top of each side.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
No and yes with modifications. The front area (inset) doesn't hang well. This may explain the model in that pose, which hides a lot. Maybe a much lighter fabric would have worked better. I did french seams everywhere called for but the left zipper seam of the outer skirt. That's a lot of sewing for one skirt. Basically sewing it twice.
Oh and I felt so proud of finally buying a "real" concealed zipper foot and using my vintage 201-2 to install the zip! Wow! So easy and what I have been missing as it was a snap compared to the narrow zip foot I have always used for this. I can't believe how easy this foot makes the zip installation!!!!!!!!