I made a skirt! It's not a dress!
I'd been wanting to make this skirt for ages, but it's in a Burdastyle magazine, so it necessitated tracing the pattern off one of their mad pattern sheets and I really didn't fancy doing it. Then at the end of last week I really wanted to sew an item of clothing and this was top of my list. In the end the tracing wasn't so bad, as there aren't many pattern pieces and they're simple shapes.
Here's the line drawing from Burdastyle:
|Pocket Skirt 10/2012 #121B|
I had some lovely fabric in my stash, which had always been intended for this skirt. It's a lovely drapy dark burgundy something! I don't know what it is, the man I bought it from at the Bluewater craft fair in September said it was originally made for Jaeger or somewhere similar. Anyway, it's gorgeous.
Here's a full length shot. Sorry for the poor quality, it's been so dark and dismal lately that it's hard to get decent light for a photo (or I should say, impossible!).
Please excuse my hair. It was raining the day I photographed this, one of those "There's no point in even trying to make my hair look nice today" days!
The pattern instructions weren't the easiest to follow. I'm quite a visual person and without any photos sometimes it's quite hard to work out what the magazine wants you to do. I basically looked at the pattern pieces and instructions and did what I thought was right.
I was a bit worried about how the pockets would come together, but they worked fine.
If you look really closely you can see a tiny pucker where the top of the pocket joins the horizontal seam across the front, but it is tiny and I couldn't get rid of it. At least there's a matching one the other side!
I really love the pockets on this, they're not the sort you'd want to put much - or anything really - in, but the curved seams make a lovely design feature. This is what originally drew me to the pattern.
I'll definitely make this skirt again. This one is quite "A" line, but I think it would look equally nice narrowed to a pencil skirt.
On another note, after purchasing my jacket fabric on Saturday, I've been trying to find some dress fabric to go with it. You might remember I already had fabric for the dress, unfortunately the jacket fabric doesn't go with it.
I've found a couple of possibilities online, and I think I'm going to get samples of them both if I can. One website definitely offers samples, the other I'm waiting to hear back from. Anyway, what do you think to either of these?
|Left: Saxe blue medium weight crepe; Centre: the jacket fabric; Right:70's floral viscose crepe|