Pattern Review: Vogue 1247 — Pantone 2013 Skirt
Remember when I searched high and low for a Kelly green fabric and couldn’t find any until I did (at Apple Annie Fabrics)? And then I ordered it on-line because I had to have a Kelly green skirt right then and there? And remember how, when the perfect Kelly green fabric arrived and I didn’t immediately sew it up? And then remember how I packed the Kelly green fabric in my suitcase when I moved to San Diego last summer so I could use it right away to make that Kelly green skirt but then never did? Yeah me too.
Well, I finally have a Kelly green skirt today. :) And I think it was meant to be too. Because Pantone declared Emerald Green as the Color of the Year for 2013. To me Kelly green and Emerald green are basically the same color for all intents and purposes. Now if I had sewn this fabric up last year, it would have been too early. Obviously this fabric was meant to marinate in the stash until it was Pantone’s color of the year. Obvs.
For my Kelly green skirt, I used the very popular Vogue 1247 skirt pattern. And here’s my review…
Pattern Description: Misses’ Top and Skirt by designer Rachel Comey
Pattern Sizing: DD (12-18). I muslined a size 14 in non-stretch muslin and then cut out a sz 16 in stretch cotton sateen and then needed to go back to the size 14. Live and learn.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes and no. The photo looks more A-line on the model and in the line drawing. On me, it was more of a straight skirt. Not sure why. I think it might be more flattering as an A-line skirt on me. Hmmm…
Were the instructions easy to follow? I guess. Since there are in-seam yoke pockets, it took me a few reads to understand how to sew that part together. There was no instruction as to which way to press the back yoke seam and I guessed wrong. I also deviated from the pattern quite a bit, so I didn’t read all of the directions or follow them exactly.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is a tricky question, because some of my likes became dislikes after I sewed up the pattern. For instance, I liked the in-seam yoke pockets (kangaroo pockets) on the pattern, but sewn up on me, they just emphasized my post baby belly. Not happy about that. I liked the A-line shape of the pattern on the photo, but sewn up and on me, the A-line shape became a straight skirt.
Fabric used: A stretch cotton sateen in Kelly green from Apple Annie Fabrics online. I love the fabric, love the sheen of the sateen, but made up in this skirt pattern, it really accentuates every lump and bump and the kangaroo pockets are more pronounced than I think they should be. Maybe this wasn’t a great choice for this skirt or for my particular body. On a slimmer, less lumpy body, maybe this fabric would work for this pattern. It is the perfect weight for a skirt (without cross body seams) or pant and sewed up like a dream.
Pattern changes or design changes made: Whoo boy, let me count the changes:
- Took off the waist band and used Beth’s method of stay tape and organza to stabilize the waistline. I also emailed Beth with some questions I had on how to use this method. She was very gracious with her time and expertise. Thanks Beth!
- Added an interfaced waistline facing. I just created a pattern piece from the waist of the yoke with the darts already sewn up about 2.5 inches wide.
- Left off all the bias seam binding. I did pin some binding to my pocket bags, but it was so bulky and ugly, I knew I would hate it and that it would show through on the skirt, that I removed it and serged all the seam allowances instead.
- I added three inches to the length of the skirt since it was so short it was obscene (or at least it would be on me). And I sewed a one inch hem.
- I top stitched my hem with beautiful Kelly green topstitching thread.
- The back of the skirt was a little too full on me with all sorts of drapey folds that looked unattractive so I took almost a 1 inch wedge from the CB seam from the bottom of the skirt tapering up to the zipper. Kind of a reverse sway back, haha. This is probably why the skirt is not very A-line on me. If I make this again and want it more A-line, will put the wedge back at the side seams instead.
Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction? I used my Singer Featherweight for the majority of the construction and topstitching, my Husqvarna Emerald 183 for the invisible zipper insertion, and the Brother 1034C serger for the seam allowances.
Will you sew it again or recommend it to others? I’m not sure I will sew this skirt again. I was hoping it would become a TNT skirt for me, but I don’t like the design details on me with my tummy. Also I feel the pocket edges show through in an unattractive way. Not sure how I would fix that. It is a cute skirt for a skinny, boyish body though. And the kangaroo pockets detail is really cute on most everybody else.
Conclusion: Cute skirt pattern, but not for my body. I would definitely recommend it to others though. But don’t bother with the bias binding — it’s a lot of work for a less than ideal and bulky finish when an overcast edge or serged finish will do nicely. Will I wear my skirt? Probably, but I don’t think it will be my favorite go to outfit this summer.
Next up? Thor’s bday present which is now officially late since his birthday was this past weekend. :(