I've made a new skirt...
I found this yummily coloured, beautifully textured wool/silk mix fabric in a remnant bin in Tokyo, the day of our shopping trip with Yoshimi and Novita. At the time I just picked it up instinctively, with only a quick check to see it was enough for a little skirt. When I got home and actually laid it out however I could see there was quite a lot of fabric, too much for just one little skirt.
Oh well, maybe I could make a longer, almost-ankle-length skirt...?
I had originally intended to go for my ol' favourite Vogue 7303, but here's the thing; two years ago I bought another plainish skirt pattern Vogue 8363, and have rudely ignored it because of my steadfast and loyal allegiance to Vogue 7303; the poor thing has languished uncut in its packet. I decided it was high time to try out a different skirt pattern, gave myself a strict talking to and bravely took out the new pattern. And set to making a three-quarter length skirt (actually view C, lengthened).... but by the time I had reached the point of hemming I knew that a longer skirt was not the right choice for this fabric. It is such a heavily textured fabric, and is so visually impactful that the big unbroken expanse of it in a longer skirt was just too overpowering... so I ended up cutting a big chunk off to finish up with the very same little skirt that was my original vision for this fabric. Full circle!
Because this fabric is quite special to me, a memento of our Japanese trip, I went all out to fit and finish the skirt as well as I am capable. The skirt is lined with raspberry acetate lining fabric, the inner raw edges are finished with HongKong seaming and the lower edge is hemmed with bias tape. I searched and searched for a suitable button and failed dismally. So I tried out something new to me; covering a button with my own fabric, using one of those kits you see in the haberdashery section. Super easy, and the perfect finishing touch! I don't know why I've never even had a go at this before!
I do have one teeny tiny regret... I have read somewhere about how iron-on interfacing is never used in couture construction, so I decided to go for sew-in interfacing in the waistband. This was basted in and the waistband was finished, but I could feel the interfacing was waffling loosely about on the inside of it, so I decided to topstitch the waistband to hold everything firmly in place. That worked, but now I kinda regret doing this, I think this style of fabric and skirt together suits a much more clean finish without any topstitching, and the loosely woven fabric is not the sort to take kindly to unpicking... I'm more afraid of damaging the fabric in the unpicking stage than I am of the look of that topstitching, so it stays. This does not diminish my love for the skirt; buuuut... should have stuck with the iron-on interfacing!
And no need to worry about that cut-off leftover fabric, it has been put to good use already too! Results to appear here soon...
Skirt; Vogue 8363 with modifications, rusty-red wool/silk mix bought in Tokyo
Top (not seen); Metalicus
Cardigan; Alannah Hill (bought damaged, and repaired)
Boots; di Sempre, from Zomp shoes
Skirts A, B, C, F have front and back darts and back zip. A; ruffle. B; lace overlay and back vent. C; side buttonhole closure. Skirts D, E have front pockets and front and back darts. E; purchased trim and snap closure. F; front stitched pleats and back vent. Skirt length is 5cm below mid-knee.
6-20 overall, I bought the AA (6-12) and custom-fit to myself during construction, as usual
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Essentially yes, except that my version is a simple short skirt incorporating none of the variations pictured...!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like everything about this pattern. Super easy, stylish, a basic wardrobe builder. It might even be my new favourite skirt pattern! Without a doubt I will use it and use it over again.
Wool/silk tweed, polyacetate lining
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
This version pictured is a short version of view C, without the button/button band at the bottom, the only other adjustments were fitting alterations. Also my skirt pictured is fully lined, provisions for which are not supplied in the pattern but is an easy alteration.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definitely yes, to both!
Very easy, very basic, therefore a very useful pattern. It has no standout or trendy features, so it will never go out of style. This pattern is a winner that I will hang on to forever...!
(below; going for a fashion magazine pose...)