Finally, I managed to complete the first project of 2010.
Pattern Description: Simple A line skirt from Sew U
Pattern Sizing: I made size small
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? A bit on a brief side, if you need a lot of hand holding, you may struggle a bit. I changed the sewing order a bit to make it easier to sew. The very first thing I did after the fabric was cut up was sewing the darts. The instructions called for darts sewing after zipper is installed.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The zipper installation instructions could be better. The book made it look like zipper installation was a piece of cake. My Janome machine came with an “E” zipper foot as opposed to the conventional zipper foot. So, I can’t just zip through the stitching. I need to stop 2″ before the zipper, pull the zipper down to clear the way for the stitching. Then again, that was only my third zipper installation. I’ll get better
Fabric Used: Wool suiting from the textile district in LA. I pre-shrunk the fabric following Pam Erny’s tips, which is to put the wool fabric in the dryer along with a hot wet towel for 40 minutes. Make sure the towel is wet but not dripping. The lining fabric is a Bamberg Rayon from Jo-Ann. I highly recommend this fabric, it feels so silky but it is a pain to cut and sew.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
– took in 0.25″ from each side, I am in between s and xs
– added lining to the skirt. After I constructed the skirt with the fashion fabric, I repeated the same steps using the lining fabric. These two parts were then joined by sewing the right side of the two together. I used slip stitch to sew the lining to the zipper tape
Nice, versatile pattern.