What's to love?
- It took no more than 3 hours from tracing the pattern through to wearing the finished skirt
- It uses less than a metre of fabric, which makes it incredibly cheap
- Or alternatively, you could use really expensive fabric and it still wouldn't cost much
- It can be made with stretch sateen - my favourite fabric
- I didn't have to make any pattern adjustments
- It's easy! Even if you have never sewed before, I think this could be your first project
What's not to love?
- That I don't need a wardrobe full of awesome pencil skirts!!
There's really nothing to it - it's even the special 'learn to sew' pattern for the month, so it comes with really REALLY detailed instructions. Basically - sew darts, sew pieces together, sew elastic trim on top, sew zip, hem. That's all. The only change I made was to have a much deeper hem (I made the skirt sit just above knee level) because the length as shown would have been mid-calf... not flattering for me. I'm not short, it's just a long pattern.
I used a slipstitch so that the hem is only minimally visible from the outside. It's been so long since I hand sewed anything that I'd forgotten what slipstitching was called! You start from the wrong side, do a TEENY stitch through the hem to the front, and then run the needle inside the folded hem until your next little stitch to the outside. That's a terrible explanation. Sorry.
|Note: tiny stitches holding the hem up.|
Anyway, even hemming by hand only took a few minutes. You would never be able to get such a nice finish using a machine hem.
I can't recommend this pattern too much! I really love it. The review is here. And I can't believe it fit perfectly on the first go. I put zero thought into the pattern placement, so it looks a bit stupid. But never mind, I plan to make about a hundred more of these with various remnants so I'll make it better the next time...