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3 types of skirts (pencil, A-line, and "with more of a flare", in various lengths.
8-18. I make the 14 in the A-line. Sometime I will try the pencil skirt version. I'll keep you posted.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The only difference is I no longer grade or trim the SA on the waistband. I leave all SA as-is which makes it easier for topstitching the band down.
Also I no longer cut the waistband exactly to the pattern length. I leave a few extra inches so that my waistband is never "a little too short" (credit to that tip goes to Jennifer Stern and her jeans class here on PR). After I sew the waistband on, I cut off the extra.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I have to say, this is my FAVORITE A LINE SKIRT PATTERN EVER.
Really, I shout it from the rooftops. It is a fantastic pattern!!!
1. That it actually sits at my waist! It is SO hard to find a modern pattern where the skirt sits at my waist. Most are 1", 1.5" or more below waist, which is not a flattering look on my body. I prefer my waistbands to hit me right at my waist.
2. LOVE the A-line. It is just the right amount of flare, not too little nor too much.
3. LOVE the narrow waistband! I think it's just perfect and flattering.
4. It has 4 darts in the back, which is AWESOME for my swayback. Also the darts are not all the same length; 2 are longer and 2 are shorter, and it is very perfect.
I've made this pattern many times now, but most recently:
a. Floral cotton twill (first in 2006, then in 2012) from Rag Shop (RIP).
Floral print version of this skirt is blogged here.
b. some kind of flowy, black synthetic fabric (which has a lot of drape) in 2012. The zipper essentially came apart on me last year so I replaced it this summer and wore it this week. LOVE it.
Black synthetic fabric version of this skirt is blogged here.
c. Black denim (which makes the skirt stand away from the body a little bit). Also 2012, after the ip in my flowy black skirt broke and I didn't feel like fixing it then.
Black denim fabric version of this skirt is blogged here.
d. Aqua embroidered eyelet from Kaimuki Dry Goods in Honolulu, Hawaii, lined in cotton voile from Parone Fabric, NYC. Bought fabric in May and June and sewed the skirt at the end of June. Blog post is here.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used an invisible zip on all of these versions
On some versions I moved the CB zip to the side and cut the CB on the fold (with 5/8" SA hanging off the edge of the fabric).
On the Aqua eyelet, I lined it because of the eyelet. Basically I just made the skirt from the eyelet and from the voile, then put the ip in the eyelet skirt. Then I sewed the eyelet to the voile, wrong sides together, at the top. Then I slipstitched the lining to the ip, as per Diana Rupp's Craftsy class (and her book, Sew Everything Workshop).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes yes yes! I have a few more A-line skirts I want to make with this pattern, and then sometime I want to try the pencil skirt version, even though I think A-line is more flattering on my body.
Seriously, if you want a skirt that comes right to your waist, with a narrow waistband and plenty of darts to take care of your swayback, then bow down to New Look, you have found your pattern!!
Most recent blog post about this skirt is here.