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Posted on:5/8/14 12:18 PM
Project Photo:McCall's: 5430 by HanPanda

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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 4 people   
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Fabric:Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Wrap skirt with POCKETS! (Are any of you surprised here?) Features a side tie and inside buttons to hold it all together.

Pattern Sizing:
I changed the pattern up so I'm not quite sure how it would fit as is drafted. Having said that--I based my changes on the size I measured out to be and it fits fine. There is fortunately quite a bit of leeway with this in that it is a wrap and with the internal button placement.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
But for my changes, yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, although watch out! They can trick you on the waistband--it is only interfaced to the edge of the waist, not throughout the tail of the waistband.

Also be sure to label your waistband pieces; it can be really easy to double cut or misplace one and your only hit will be the shape of the curve in relation to the grainline. You don't want to do that!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I LOVE POCKETS!!!!! These are lovely but tend to sit a little wide for me. I'm thinking of moving the button on my waistband in a bit to bring the pockets in as well as lift the skirt off my hipbones. The shape of this pattern is also particularly delectible; just a bit of flare without being too 50s or childish.

I checked out the reviews and photos some other folks posted. While lovely, I knew right away the waistband would be too wide for my short torso and the skirt far too long for me.

Fabric Used:
I used some lovely cotton-lineny stuff I picked up out of a friend's stash <3

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
First, I cut the waistband at 2.5" wide and sewed it with .5" SAs. I wanted the waistband to be smaller, but a full half size would have been a little TOO small. I also wanted the skirt to sit lower on my hips, so cutting the band at the width I did gave me that flexibility when I placed my button on the inside.

Additionally, I cut 4" off the length at the lengthen/shorten line. Usually I take off the bottom (I know, I know) but in this case I really didn't want to lose the flare of the skirt. This was a good choice. :3

Also, I interfaced the facing rather than the waistband, and I interfaced where the buttonhole sits on the waistband. I didn't want my waistband fashion fabric to be too stiff, so I'm glad I made that decision.

I managed to squeak this skirt out of 1.25Y with my alterations, but I also used an orange cotton I had sitting around to face the waistband and the pockets.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely; this was easy and fun and makes a flattering skirt. I would continue to take the length off and suggest that to anyone who likes the style but is concerned about the pattern coming out a little too matronly. (Or is short on fabric. Y'know, one or the other.)

Definitely NOT a 1hr pattern, unless you didn't include any pressing, cutting, or interfacing. After I had cut and interfaced, it took me about 3 hours from start to finish, including pressing, hemming, and finishing my seams. It's a very simple and fun pattern to put together; definitely a great one for making adjustments and modifications to. If you're nervous about starting to modify patterns, this is a great place to start!
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marec said...
Your changes made this a skirt just for you! It's really nice, and the summery fabric is very pretty.
5/8/14 8:02 PM
nothy lane said...
What a beautiful skirt!
5/9/14 7:45 AM
supizoo said...
Gorgeous fabric! This is a happy happy skirt :)
5/9/14 8:42 AM
julie w said...
Great skirt, fantastic print.
5/9/14 7:13 PM
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