Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pattern Review: Hot Patterns Pencil Skirt

Here is the finished view. My legs aren't that white... they are actually whiter! I've been using my fake tanning lotion so am actually a couple shades darker than usual. Pitiful, I know.

Pattern Description: From hotpatterns envelope: "Loving these groovy, stylish skirts, designed for any and all skirt fabrics, from denim to broderie anglais, from suede to cotton, from tweed to crepe. Fitted Skirts finish *just* below the knee and have front & back darts, a center back invisible zipper, optional lining and a contoured waistband that sits right at the natural waist. A-Line skirt has a gentle, controlled flare and a bias-faced hem; Pencil skirt is ever-so-slightly tapered with a deep hem and a concealed back slit. Try these hard-working pieces with a matching jacket as part of a chic suit and as indispensable co-ordinates for your everyday wardrobe. These great skirt styles will showcase a gorgeous fabric, or act as an inspirational blank canvas for all your favorite trim and embellishment ideas and techniques."

Sizing: 6-26. My measurements indicated a size 14 and this is what I made with a few minor adjustments.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? yes, very much so

How were the instructions? This is my first pattern I have purchased from the company. I love all of their contemporary and stylish fashions. This was a very simple skirt for which I did not consult the instructions much. However, I did notice that there were few detailed instructions and pictures to go with the pattern, so the absolute beginner might get frustrated.

Construction Notes: I made the skirt out of a medium weight denim I had in my stash. Again, this is a very simple skirt and pretty straight forward as far as construction goes. I did take a tip from Ann in her gorgeous fabrics blog and made the inner waistband from a thinner material and made it about 1/8"shorter so that the facing rolls to the inside of the skirt. I did not line the skirt because I chose to make it of a fairly sturdy denim. For a more formal or dressier version, I will line it. I inserted an invisible zipper in back.

Adjustments: I am only 5' 3" and ended up shortening the skirt by about 2 1/2 inches. I did do a muslin first. I also lengthened the front darts only by about 1 inch. For a more pegged version, I took in about 1/4" on each side about halfway down the side.

Conclusion: I really love this pattern and am very happy with the style. I think it is very flattering on my curves. I plan to make some more- perhaps in a stretch sateen for a dressier look. The denim is nice though because I can either dress it up in heels or go casual in flip-flops.

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