I added the picture. As you can see, it's not nearly as formfitting on me as on the model. I really think it's more flattering that way.
A long, gored, mostly straight skirt, that narrows at the knee then bells out.
Well, shoot, I don't have the pattern with me, and I don't recall what sizes it comes it. I think it starts at a hip of 42. I made the one for hips 47 inches. It was form fitting. I decided that was fine in the back, but I let the front out about 4 inches.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It's hard to tell. The skirt is black in the picture, the jacket is obscuring details, and the model is standing in a strange position. However, the general lines are the same.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. There are 8 goes in this skirt, with the front and back being the same, but reversed right and left. So left center front is the same piece as right center back. I'd go on, but it gets confusing very quickly. The instructions were very clear on what piece went where.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LOVE: The shape of the skirt. It's very much in the style of early 1930s suit skirts which I'm totally gaga over right now, but with modern construction techniques. When I saw it, I knew I had to make it.
DISLIKE: My front and back are not shaped the same. The bump (aka tummy) in front is much higher than the bump (aka butt) in back. Unaltered, the skirt would fit a plus sized woman with a very flat tummy. However, for most of us, it would be much more practical to make the front in a larger size than the back. I recommend flat measuring of the gores, 4 inches below the waist (tummy height) to determine the size you need in front.
The pattern calls for a stretch woven, but I have a really hard time finding them in colors and styles that I like. I made the skirt out of a burnout panne," tie-dyed" in rusts, maroons, and purples from Joanne's.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
When I traced the pattern, I used 1 inch seam allowances. In the back, I sewed with 1 inch seam allowances. In the front, I sewed with 0.25 inch seam allowances.
I used a knit fabric with lots of stretch, so I omitted the zipper and tucked elastic under the facing. If I make this again out of a knit, I'll use a waistband. If I try it in a stretch woven, I'll move the zipper to the center back.
The skirt is cut in 3 pieces (per gore) lengthwise. The original design showcases a striped fabric, and the 3 pieces make a pleasing pattern, but since I was using a fabric with an allover pattern, I left the middle piece on the top gores. It's drawn that way on the pattern sheet. Why sew an extra seam that isn't going to show?
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will absolutely sew it again, and as long as you take into account the probabl3 need for a larger size in front than in back, I think this would be an easy and flattering skirt for plus sized women.
A great style remniscent of the 1930s.