|So far I've made two different views of the turtleneck already - one gathered and one plain raglan for winter running, but this time around I wanted to try out the pocketed, knit skirt for my upcoming trip to Mexico.|
Pocket Skirt: Semi-fitted paneled A-line skirt with pockets. Elastic waist. The no-fuss, flat, deep and close fitting "in-seam" pockets can be sewn completely with your serger. This skirt has the perfect amount ease at the waist and hips then gracefully falls into a very wearable a-line. Use the solid back pattern piece for both the front and back for a simple "plain" a-line skirt.
Multi-sized XS-XL (hips 37-53"). I made the size M, which matched my measurements best, and the fit is perfect.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes - even though there are no photographs - only a fashion illustration and a tech drawing, I think the finished skirt is true to both, though I must say that my finished skirt looks even better than the tech drawing, which looks quite square and unappealing.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Like the other views in the pattern, the instructions for this are utterly excellent. Christine Jonson clearly understand knits and the best ways of finishing them, and she even uses the exact same method I do for elastic waistbands (though I prefer a 3/4-1 inch wide elastic, myself)!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like that the skirt is slim throughout the waist and hips, and the pockets are seriously deep! This means that they actually feel pretty secure even though they're stretchy and open at the top, and should be great for travelling (as you'd hope by the name!). The pocket facing could really stand to be in a thinner lining fabric though as it gets to be a lot of layers on the vertical seams, but that's my only (small) complaint about the design.
The fabric is a royal blue hefty jersey that really feels very much like a thin neoprene - this stuff couldn't wrinkle if it wanted to! I bought the last of the roll at "A-One Fabrics" on Goldhawk Road, so I've made leggings in the same fabric for the trip, too, but there were plenty of other colours left in the shop, also.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My only change here was to shorten the skirt by 12cm at the "lengthen or shorten here" line, as the original was mid-calf and felt a bit too dowdy for me. This now falls right at my knees and is just about perfect for me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I'd absolutely sew it again, and recommend it - it's a great, flattering design and it really does seem perfect for travelling!
My third garment from this pattern is a winner, too! Result! Bring on Mexico and adventures!
For way more photos plus a peek at the internal passport pocket I added inside, head over to FehrTrade.com!