#1 The Pencil Skirt

September 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm (regular) (, , )

The skirt is finished! Pictures to come once I can get my “photographer” to take a picture of me in it.  Pictures are added below. 

Also, I’ve decided on my next project.  Since I can’t decide what I want to do for the sweatsuit alternative, I’m going to pass on it for now and sew my choice for the any occasion top, which is the very popular Butterick 5495.  The pattern is cut out and once I finish the extra pencil skirt I decided to make, I’ll start right away on the top. 

Pattern & Description: Simplicity 2343 – Six Made Easy Pencil Skirts

Pattern Sizing: I sewed a 14 in View A.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Pretty much.  I didn’t add the buttons.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 

This pattern was definitely a confidence builder.  Very easy to put together.  I also liked that the zipper was inserted in the back and not the side.  I’m not sure what most (more experienced) people prefer but I attempted a Burda pencil skirt about a year ago and it got scrapped because of my inability to insert the size zipper without making the hip wonky. 

I actually didn’t like the little pleats in front.  I have to wonder if this only looks good on people with flat stomachs.  The hip also is a bit wide but that’s more a fit issue than a pattern issue and since this is my first project getting back into it, I didn’t want to get burnt out trying to learn so many things on one garment.

Fabric Used:  I can’t remember exactly what type of fabric I used but it was a thicker material from Hancock’s fall wool or suiting selection.  I picked it because I wanted something sturdy for my first attempt to get back into sewing.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I believe the pattern calls for a regular zipper.  I added an invisible zipper because I wanted to practice inserting one (and I only have an invisible zipper foot…).  I prefer the look of invisible zippers anyways. 

I also had to shorten the skirt about 3 inches.  I’m not sure how tall the model is on the envelope but the skirt hits me just a touch lower than it hits her after I removed the 3 inches.  (I’m 5’4”).  This did end up making the vent look oddly short so I won’t be inserting it in any future versions.  I wore the skirt once already and I don’t think a vent is even needed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, I’m actually sewing a second version right now.  I’m sewing View D without the embroidery stitches in a small hounds-tooth print fabric, also from Hancock’s fall suiting collection.  I chose View D to avoid the pleats and for even quicker assembly (this version doesn’t have pockets).  After this version, I probably won’t sew another only because there are so many other skirt patterns with different varieties.  I’d definitely recommend it to others.  

Conclusion:  This is a great pattern for experienced sewers who want to add a new quick skirt to their wardrobe and beginners who want a great, wearable project under their belt.  I think this will be a great one to come back to too when I want to focus more on fit (the hip issue).

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