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Posted on:5/20/14 11:50 AM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 2226 by MyKittyCat

Simplicity: 2226 by MyKittyCat  Simplicity: 2226 by MyKittyCat  
Pattern Photo:Simplicity 2226
Simplicity Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 2 people   
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  • Tip: "Don't measure yourself, measure what fits"
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    Fabric:Brocade  [See other projects in this fabric]
    Pattern Description:
    Simplicity's Learn to Sew pattern collection. Misses' skirt in two lengths and tie belt.

    Pattern Sizing:
    Size 6 to 18

    Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
    Yes. I made image C with no sash

    Were the instructions easy to follow?
    This was my first attempt at making any clothes for myself and using a dress pattern. I do a lot of sewing as part of my job as a modelmaker. I have made and patterned a number of costumes, puppets, muppets, creatures, miniature clothing and upholstery before but I have never done anything that involved following a commercial pattern and it ending up with me wearing it! I thought it was about time to give it my first go!

    I had to read a few paragraphs of the pattern instructions several times before the penny dropped, but I believe this may be down to how unfamiliar I am with following a pattern. I was really helped out by Noodleheads sew along blog. You can see this at http://www.noodle-head.com/2011/11/simplicity-skirt-2226-sew-along-day-1.html

    What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
    Great simple pattern for a first time attempt however the only reason I have said 'with modifications' is that the sizing seems way out! My measurements came out at a 18 which was a surprise as I take UK size 12 to 14. I did a mock up in Calico at a size 16 and it was still way to big. I finally settled on a size 14 after a 2nd Calico mock up waist band which did fit much better. I would recommend checking the size and making at least a quick waistband as Noodlehead suggests. You will probably need to drop down 2 sizes from the measurement guide. The skirt is designed to sit 1 inch below the waistline, so if you would want it to sit on the waist you may need to drop the size further. Also adding the sash or a belt helps it to sit a little higher.
    What I did like was the way pockets were designed. They look great and sit at a flattering angle. The pocket edging also creates a nice feature out of them. I also liked the way the waistband has loops to have an option take a belt or sash.

    Fabric Used:
    The most complicated possible for a first project of course! A very frayable (if that is a word!) striped brocade. I am not sure exactly what the fabric is but it has a satin / heavy silk like quality. Purchased at Fabricland (UK)

    Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
    I made this project very difficult by choosing a fabric with such a tricky pattern match, and design but I confidently thought hey I can make this work! It turned out to be very fiddly! Most of my time was taken up with the very careful working out of the pattern match at the sides and also the visible inside section of the pocket. This meant that the make took me a lot longer (and a whole extra back section) than if I had I used a simpler plain fabric but I was pleased with the result and that I persevered with it. There were times however when I wished I had just kept it nice and simple

    Other adjustments were using ribbon to edge the pockets as I couldn't find any bias binding that fit the bill and the right colour ribbon was in my scraps box. It did take a bit of 'wrangling' to make it go round in a curve though!
    I also did a blind hem (better on my second attempt of course!) which was the first time I have ever used that foot for my sewing machine! There is a great tutorial online which was linked to on Noodlehead's sew along at the end. I will definitely try that technique again.
    I also added an invisible zip

    Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
    This is a very good pattern for someone starting out and once you get past the sizing issue is a great versatile skirt that could be made in many different fabrics for many occasions. The fact that there is also a great sew along online really helps for any beginners project.

    It is a good pattern to use as a basis to work from and to play with. It can easily be altered to get a variety of effects. The skirt has just the right amount of fullness in it, however it is very easy to make the skirt section in a larger or smaller size and adjust the gathering to make a more A line or much fuller skirt should you wish. I have already made a second version.
    It makes a good wardrobe staple item that no doubt most of you clever folk on here can just whip up in no time.

    Conclusion:
    I learned to make my first skirt, I learned that you cannot trust pattern sizing, I learned that it is in fact possible to make your own clothes, I learned a lot about what all the terms on a commercial pattern mean and I also most importantly learned how useful a stitch unpicker can be!!! What more could you ask from a learn to sew pattern!
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    dinagideon said...
    I love your skirt and it looks so good on you! I technically wear between a 16-18 in patterns, and a UK 12 or 14, so I must be around your size, so I will definitely be referencing this review. :) Thank you!
    5/20/14 12:52 PM
    said...
    Congratulations on your first effort. You did a great job. That is not easy fabric to work with, even for the experienced!
    5/20/14 3:14 PM
    NEMDF said...
    Great job! Your skirt looks amazing. And a big learning curve is to realize that it is good to flat measure the pattern pieces before deciding on a size to cut and/or measure similar pieces in a garment you already own and like. I love the fabric!
    5/20/14 5:24 PM
    Nancy1955 said...
    The skirt looks amazing. I love the fabric you used. (I also love your hair!)
    5/20/14 11:19 PM
    MyKittyCat said...
    Thank you for all the lovely positive comments. What a nice bunch of people you all are on here :-) NEMDF - that is a good point. I guess it still looks bit like jigsaw pieces at the moment but as I gain more experience and understanding then flat measuring seems to make common sense without having to make countless calico versions. This would help to at least hone down which size calico to start with!!
    5/21/14 6:35 AM
    ASiverson said...
    I am so liking your skirt and it looks great on you. You did a spectacular job even with the matching stripes and all. TFS!
    5/21/14 9:19 AM
    MyKittyCat said...
    I am not sure where to wear it yet as it is a bit posh for my line of work so maybe need an excuse to go out somewhere. It doesn't really go with the rest of the outfit as I just happened to be in black leggings and boots as I was in my workshop! Getting the hang of the lingo on here now, had to look TFS up! Thanks for your nice comment ASiverson :-)
    5/21/14 10:12 AM
     
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