Trying to break free from my Knit Shirt Frenzy, I decided to do something a little different. I wanted to bring some funk into the wardrobe, so the skirt from Vogue 8561 seemed to fit the bill.
And here is what I ended up with (sorry for the lousy dress form pics. The fabric is hard to photograph and my dress form is WAY smaller than me).....
Pattern Description from Vogue: Skirt has asymmetrical seams, patch pocket and flap, back-lapped zipper, back darts, contoured waistband and topstitching.
Fabric Used: Bargain cotton twill from Joann's. It has a subtle stripe which I thought would show off the fun bias bits of the skirt but would not drive me crazy with trying to match the stripes at every seam. I did the topstitching in red, mostly because I had it handy.
How were the instructions? Um, I guess they would have been ok if the pattern itself had actually been right. See below.
Construction Notes: When I was putting this bad boy together, I kept running into all sorts of problems. None of the pieces really seemed to match up as they should. I double checked the pattern pieces, the instructions, my sanity level, etc, but it was still not working. I wondered if the bias pieces just stretched out freaky-like but they hadn't seemed to when I compared them to the original pattern pieces. Eventually I just gave up and forced it to fit together any which way I could.
Of course, AFTER I finished the skirt, I found this post by Sew What that said the pattern was all wackadoodle and that Vogue was going to reprint it. So I am sane after all (HA! At least as far as this skirt is concerned!).
I did like the way the instructions did the pocket. It had you cut out an oaktag version of the finished pocket pattern, then sandwich the fabric between the oaktag and a larger piece of tissue paper. Then by tightening the tissue paper around the oaktag and pressing the fabric through the tissue, it makes the fabric have a really nice sharp pocket outline . The actual instructions say this better. I was skeptical, but I tried it and durn it if I didn't have a perfect pocket as a result.
Likes/Dislikes: I like the design of the skirt. I do. However, this wasn't really a good choice for me and my body type. I am short and stout (hence the name of this post) which does not make for flattering lines when I wear long skirts. But it really is super cute, so I wore it anyways. I love the pocket detail, although I would put that buttonhole a little lower if I were to do it again.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I have no need for two funky skirts that are not so flattering to my short stubby self. But for anyone without my figure issues, I would absolutely recommend it.
Conclusion: A cute pattern that might have been easy to put together if Vogue hadn't screwed up the pattern. Fun topstiching. Fun (though not entirely practical) pocket.