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|Reviewed by:||MyKittyCat|| |
|Posted on:||5/20/14 11:50 AM |
Simplicity Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Review Rating:|| Very Helpful by 2 people |
|See other patterns in this category: Skirts |
|Available for sale on PR: $15.95 (See envelope) Click to Buy |
|Tip: "Don't measure yourself, measure what fits"|
|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.
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.
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.
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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