I finally got around to making up this pattern forreal! Long time readers may remember I wanted to make this skirt in May 2013 out of denim, but the fabric quantity I had was so small I couldn't squeeze out the extra front and back seams so I ended up making a compromise here.
The skirt is a much darker red IRL but still bright. Also, I didn't put in a lapped zipper which the pattern suggests as I was mentally making the same skirt as before which has a side lapped zipper. I finished the back, sewed it all the way up, trimmed the seam allowances and then checked the instructions! Always check the instructions! Due to my reduced seam allowances I has to put the zip in the standard way. It looks OK but it isn't a delight. Fortunately I can't see it when I wear it!
The pattern is one of the Simplicity Amazing Fit range. I bought a few of these patterns a couple of years ago in the hope of easily overcoming some fit issues on my upper half. I don't really have any issues fitting below the waist (well not for skirts - I haven't tried fitted trousers yet), I just choose this one because I really love the style.
You can choose slim, average or curvy fit and while I wouldn't describe myself as slim in the slightest, it appears these categories refer primarily to ease over the hips. I didn't want lots of ease so I made the slim version. I added about an inch in length as this view is quite mini.
If I made it again I would probably make the average version, because while I got the fit I wanted over the hips, I forgot I have a backside and the skirt rides up a bit in this area. (Proof below.) Strangely, the skirt fits fine first thing in the morning, leading me to believe my backside grows as the day goes on.Curiouser and curiouser!
It could be to do with my stomach which often swells during the day due to a medical issue, making the whole thing tighter? Anyway, I think the skirt has a bit of a sixties vibe and I love the colour, but the fabric is not good. It's a light to medium weight red twill purchased second hand here. When you are buying thrifted fabric on the internet you rarely get a fabric content, and I think this one has some synthetic in it.
As you can see despite endless fiddling with the tension and stitch length, it tends to look puckered and weighed down by the pockets. It didn't press well and sticks to the bumps in my figure. I tried putting a slip underneath, but the difference was so tiny I didn't think it worth lining it and potentially wasting more fabric. On the plus side, it's drapey enough not to be a dog cone!
Tragically I have quite a bit of this fabric! Do you think it would be more suitable for this pattern, view D the jacket, as there are no weighty pockets or fastenings? Or should I just give up on this material and move on?
Thankyou in advance for any advice/comments, and I wish you all
Happy sewing 'til next time,