A Vogue basic design for a panelled pencil skirt with several variations - I made view B that has two vents at the back.
Pretty spot on - I ignored the pattern sizing table which said I should have made a size 14/16 and instead made a size 12 based on the actual pattern measurements because I wanted a fitted skirt.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, exactly like the envelope drawing.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
It's a very simple skirt but the instructions were clear and helpful, especially how to do the mitred vents on the hem -not being a quilter a reminder on how to do this is always helpful.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the simple lines of the skirt, having the double mitred vent at the back is a little bit more detailed than a simple pencil skirt. There's nothing I dislike about this pattern.
I used a cotton-linen blend, underlined with a thin polyester-cotton poplin to stop the fabric from sagging out too much as well as provide a bit more thickness to the fabric to prevent any sheerness.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I ended up taking the skirt in a few centimetres to get a good fit, but next time I would just take it out of the centre front and centre back panels - they seem a little wide to me and the proportions are off slightly.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is the second time I've sewed this skirt and it won't be the last. I don't know if I'd make the pleated back versions though - I imagine they would get very creased from sitting down on them very quickly. Conclusion:
A great basic pattern that is quick and easy to sew. More details and photos on my blog