Okay, it's a day late. But, when returning to the office after a loooooong weekend (and knowing that most of July is going to put the "hell" into "hellacious" workwise) a girl needs some new clothes:
I love this skirt!!
What I changed: I eliminated the ruffle, and incorporated its length into my skirt. For perspective, I'm 5'8". With a fairly generous (3-inches or so) hem, this resulted in a skirt that's just below my knee. I added more top stitching to the waistband, and I also doubled the length of the tie.
Would I make this again? You bet!! This pattern is deceptively simple, and the results are so gosh-darn cute that I want to go out and buy fabric for ten of these.
Should you make this? Yes! If you have the least bit of ability with a sewing machine you can do this. Trust me, you can.
What would I do differently next time? I would cut the body even longer, and allow myself the ability to leave a slightly longer hem. I'm still debating whether or not I would use the buttonhole positions indicated for the size small (for perspecive, I have about a 30-inch waist). This would, however, eliminate my ability to twist the bustle (it's twisted in the above picture.)
I would also begin with a lining piece that was about three or four inches shorter than the body. On this skirt, I had to shorten the lining piece before I could sew that hem. Not difficult by any means, but an extra step which I could have eliminated with better planning.
I'm also going to add that this skirt will travel well. Why? It folds flat, and the bustle (when gathered) will hide any wrinkles from the suitcase. Something to note for all you jet-setting types out there.
Thank you, Miss Twiss for taking the time and effort to figure out how to share this great pattern with the blogging masses.
Hmmm, what's next? I have a lot of leftover fabric. How about one of these to match my skirt?