|Pattern Description: 12-gore skirt|
Pattern Sizing: women's 2-18
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? Have not used their directions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is a great basic skirt, and choice of fabric makes it very flexible.
Fabric Used: denim, cottons, linen/cotton blend
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Michele Lommasson helped me alter the pattern. The suggested lengths include mid-calf to full-length; 26" is about as long as I want at this point. We shortened it from the top, which put the "bend" in the gore at the correct place on my hips.
The pattern includes a facing at the waist. Instead, I have used a bias casing, with elastic, not enough to really gather the waist, but sufficient to keep the skirt from sliding down. (Since I am still losing weight, I have left the ends of the casing stitched in a way that I can tighten the elastic.)
I cut 6 paper pattern pieces, which makes it easy to lay it out on the fabric(s).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have made 6 of these skirts, so far, and have another in progress, so yes on both counts.
The fabric yardages on the pattern are generous. For my size, a shortened 16-18, I can make it out of 2 yards of 60" fabric, or 3 yards of 45" (one way prints require more fabric). I have made it with 3 and 4 different fabrics; with each one I need a yard each for the length. I sometimes have to piece the casing, or use bias of another fabric.
The look of the skirt changes with each alternative - top stitching or not, one or multiple fabrics used, denim or linen versus lighter weight fabrics.
The denim was from my stash, and most of the others were made from fabric purchased at Stitchology in Albuquerque. The gray is mid-weight cotton/linen Parson Gray. I used denim to make a "muslin"; if it fit, which it did, I had one skirt finished, if not, someone else could make good use of the muslin.
Conclusion: This skirt rapidly became a TNT one for me, and I have not yet tired of making or wearing it.