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|StyleArc: Ali skirt - Type:Skirts |
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|Pattern Description: Latest fashion, this slim line pencil skirt featuring front draping, plain back and elastic waist, easy to make easy to wear giving you the up to the style of the moment. For a plain skirt just cut 2 of the back panels, or for a rouched all round skirt cut 2 of the front panels. Three styles from the one pattern.|
Size 8 was 24" from waist to hemline.
Pattern Sizing:4-30. I made a 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of. I think from the line drawing it looks loosely gathered, and like the gathers extend all the way down to the hem. They don't. Instead there are asymmetrical tucks from the waist to just below the thigh, and the bottom half of the skirt is a normal pencil skirt.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. They clearly showed you sewed the tucks, then topstitched them down a little from the sides to hold them in place. Aside from that this is a simple, simple knit pencil skirt.
As a construction note, I sewed the pleats using the stretch/lightning stitch on my machine (my blog post has a photo of this if you aren't sure what this is). It preserved the stretch but is more subtle than a zig-zag.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like how the tucks conceal any straining over the hips and thighs . It is a very comfortable skirt to wear.
I didn't have any dislikes, other than I botched the lining a little bit (see below).
Fabric Used: Rayon/poly/lycra Cache ponte knit (Fabric Mart), lined with by-the-bolt stretch mesh from Fashion Fabrics Club.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The main style change was adding a lining. I never lined a knit before. I used the stretch mesh from Fashion Fabrics club. For this skirt I decided to do the tucked front, but cut a plain front out of the lining. I then attached them together and treated them as an underlining from then on. My theory was that it would minimize bulk, but the reality was that the tucks sometimes shift out of place and then it bubbles/sags at the hem. So for next time I would cut the lining out of the same tucked piece and treat it as an underlining, attaching the two layers together THEN sewing all those tucks in place.
My fitting changes were:
- lengthening it a total of 1"
- removing 1/4" from the center front at the waist
- removing 2" width from the back piece only at the waist
- adding 1/2" to the center back at the hem
- When I attached the front to the back I took in both side seams at the waist 1/2", which meant I had to remove a total of 4" from the waist. This is what I fully expected since I am an 8 at the waist and 12 at the hip.
- I also need to remove 1/2" height from the CB next time. I think this was a side effect of taking in the back side seam so much. When I take in just the back side seam it adds length, and while I removed the correct amount of length from the top of the side seam I didn't remove it from the center back
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely sew it again. I really like how it looks and feels with the lining, and it pairs well with blousey tops. I think the tucks give it a trendy and modern look.
Conclusion: My blog writeup (which has more photos) can be viewed here.
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