Dear Readers, You know the pattern. You've seen it before. Just about every person and their dog or cute photogenic cat has reviewed it in blog land, or the top that goes with it. It was a Pattern of the Year over on Pattern Review. It is Vogue V1247 It has been sitting in my stash, in the queue, patiently waiting.
Last week, dear reader, I needed an art gallery/fabric shopping fix and went to my two fabric shops in Sydney, Tessuti and The Fabric Shop where I got my fabric fix. Two pieces of beautiful fabric. One of them was a remnant of silk/cotton in an ikat print just big enough for the skirt. The other is a piece of abstract print linen. It felt so good to buy exquisite material!
Anyway, before cutting into the silk I needed to make a wearable muslin to make sure that a horizontal line around that part of my torso was a good idea. As most of us know, just because a pattern works for someone else..or a hundred someone else's does not mean it will work on our own bodies, Pattern of the Year on PR or not.
But it's a winner, almost to my consternation, the perfect A Line skirt.
Cute in seam pockets. Couture instructions. Silky, floaty top which I will try soon.
Needless to say I did not go couture on this piece of kid curtain material from Spotties..
I lengthened the skirt from 17". I have winter scarves wider than that..to a respectable above knee but still ended up with only 1cm hem allowance.. added a centre front seam because I thought topstitching would add something to the skirt. Will backtrack on that one. I finished the seams with my serger and pressed them open. I wrestled with the pocket construction because I also had the bright idea of topstitching just the pocket part first. I won't do that again either. My zip was neither hidden nor couture.
What I did get was a skirt I liked, will make again in the silk.
It's a keeper, a good pattern for the summer season.
Happy Cup Day to my fellow Aussies. Melbourne Cup Field for today's race