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Posted on:2/2/14 5:07 PM
Project Photo:Megan Nielsen: MN2201 by cathytxtwfr

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Pattern Photo:Megan Nielsen MN2201
Megan Nielsen Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
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Fabric:Canvas  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Direct from the website: "Incredibly flattering high waisted A-line skirt with fitted waistline. Features button front placket, wide waistband, large scoop pockets and pleating in the front and back."

Pattern Sizing:
XS-XL. I used a size L, but should have gone up since I gained some weight and I like my skirts to sit lower on my waist.

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?
Yes. Very well illustrated and explained. I used the PDF version of this pattern. The instructions guide you really well.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked how simple it was - a bunch of rectangles put together and then, bam, a cute skirt! I liked the pockets. This is a pattern that beckons to you rather than intimidates, so it was a joy to make.

Fabric Used:
Here is where I messed up. I used some thick heavy stiff mysterious stuff, which I am going to guess is canvas. But I don't know. I didn't buy it from a fabric shop (1st error), I ignored how thick it was (2nd error), and it was an old purchase from over a year ago so I felt I needed to use it (3rd error). This fabric was TOO THICK. While I could forgive the stiffness of the skirt, it really was like wearing cardboard. But the worst part were the buttonholes. The buttonholes and buttons were rather small, so I learned that a thick fabric like this does not like bending or folding to let the buttons in. So I hated this skirt just for that one fact: it was too difficult to get the buttons through the button holes. It felt like a battle each time, and I was always defeated. So make good fabric choices!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Nope, I made it straight from the pattern.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I will sew it again, definitely, in a better fabric. I recommend this pattern to anybody as it is a nice satisfying sew.

Conclusion:
Don't sew with heavy canvas-like fabrics, especially when there are tiny buttonholes to be made - you'll have nightmares! However ignoring that, it turned out to be a very cute skirt and I loved the silhouette on me. And who doesn't like nice pockets like those?

There are more photos on my sewing blog here: http://cathywu.com/journal/kalali/2014/02/02/megan-nielsen-kelly-skirt/
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caper81 said...
Great looking skirt! The high-waisted look is really flattering:)
2/3/14 6:50 PM
KenyanMama said...
That skirt looks great on you and infact looks better than the pattern photo.
2/3/14 8:45 PM
 
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