Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Another pencil skirt

Pattern used: Vogue 1082, a Sandra Betzina pattern
Fabric / Fabric source: A cotton/lycra blend from Sew It Seams in St Louis MO.
I purchased this fabric with a regular 2-main-pattern piece pencil skirt in mind. If I'd stuck with the plan, I'd have a skirt that I'd really like to wear.

However, when I got home and went through the pattern library, looking for Vogue 2770, my TNT pattern, I came across this from Sandra B that I hadn't made yet.

Did I have enough fabric to engineer my print placement? No. But, I thought, "I can just lay it out and let the large-scale floral print fall randomly and it should be fine." HA!
Never think that "random" is going to work with a large scale print. It doesn't.
Check out the dress that Phyllis made and all that she put into the layout of the large graphic print fabric. What makes the dress work is all of the care and thought that went into the layout. The skirt that I featured yesterday, I spent as much time considering layout and in prep as I did in the sewing.

You'll notice, I ended up with a large blue flower on each hip. And a tulip smack dab in the center front panel. And then, worst of all, 4 tulips in a row across the back. Ugh ugh ugh.

Construction details:
Unlined skirt,
Piped in a solid royal blue bias.
Invisible zipper
Waist stayed using white twill tape.

I like the pattern, I like the fit, generally.
I cut a size E at the waist and tapered out to a G, then kept taking it in and taking it in until I had 1 1/4" seam allowances at the side seams. Which means that the proportion of grading I did worked, but I cut too large a size to start with.
Next one I make from this pattern I'll start smaller.

The styling: I'm wearing turquoise sandals, the turquoise is in the skirt. And I wore a silk twin set in royal blue, same color as the piping. To my eye, after looking at these pics, I think it's time to let the twin set go. I like the tucked in, but think I'm going to take a cue from the Lucky article and make a blouse to work with this too.
And truth is, I don't like the royal top/chartruese bottom combo.

21 comments:

Nancy K said...

Well, we all make mistakes occasionally. The front is fine, but the back, well at least you won't see it when it's on. It is a flattering skirt on you though. The blue piping really makes it pop and it reminds me, yet again, that this is on my list to do. I've never piped anything. I so like to do what Phyllis did and make a full pattern when I have a large print to deal with. Great shoes.

Mardel said...

Well, the shape of the skirt is really nice on you and I like the piping. You are helping me justify my tendency to buy more fabric than I think I will need when I buy things, especially prints.

I like the blouse with the other skirt and I am liking the look of blouses right now. A really pretty blouse that would draw the eye upward would help too in distracting the eye from the less than perfect placement of the print.

BConky said...

I don't think it's near as bad as you think. The front looks fine and while the back isn't perfect, it still looks nice. We are always hard on our selves.Love the piping. Cute pattern.

gwensews said...

You know--sewing is consistently a learning experience. It just is. Regardless of how long a person as sewn, or how much one knows, there will always be a glitch that you don't anticipate.

meredithp said...

I really love this pattern and the print. I'm glad to see it made up in a print. No one but a fellow sewer is going to notice the print "issue", which is really only in the back. Wear it with pride!

patsijean said...

My feeling is that the skirt style is not condusive to a large print like that. There is nothing wrong with either one, they just do not work together. The piped sections, especially around the hips and stomach, tend to make each print section look bigger than it is, thus you look bigger than you are. Don't throw the skirt out, however. With a cute overblouse or knit shirt, it will look nice and only you will know.

Nancy (nanflan) said...

So true, the random look isn't truly random, it's planned to avoid the "near matches" you experienced. We've all been through this. I still think the style is cute and I like the piping also. I still think it's wearable especially with a top that's not tucked in.

Dawn said...

Too funny but I'm workin on a skirt out of the same fabric right now. And I toyed with using piping on it too. I ended up just using thick topstitching.

I haven't checked the motif but I had so little fabric there was no other way to lay it out. Keep your fingers crossed.

Claudine said...

You may be being a bit hard on yourself about the pattern placement. I know the feeling, though. I beat myself up about this sort of thing all the time. The piping looks great, though. You should wear it as a cute casual skirt.

Cennetta said...

I understand your point about the placement of the motif. I like your skirt. BTW-Cute shoes too. ;-)

JoanneM said...

This skirt looks fine! I love the piping and the design is so cheerful. The pattern placement is unrecognizable to any non sewer (95% of the population!!!!!) so wear it with pride. Ease up on your self! (Easy for me to say .....I have the same perfectionist flaws!!!)

Els said...

I ditto the comment made by Patsijean about the piped sections.

Elaray said...

You achieved a very nice fit. You should definitely make the skirt again with a solid.

Carrie K said...

It looks really cute. You've been knitting up a storm lately! I tend to like single color skirts and multi color tops. Possibly because of my J Lo behind.

Meg said...

the style really suits you, I think you are being a little hard on yourself.

AllisonC said...

I love the seaming and piping details on this skirt. I think it looks perfect from the front and side, it's only the back where anything is noticeable and to 95% of the population that will look perfect too so I hope you will wear it and enjoy it.

Summerset said...

Ok, that is an awesome fabric and pattern combo, not to mention the shoes, too!

Pattern placement issues aside, I still think it turned out great.

Vicki said...

I love it too (even if it is not perfect)! A lighter top would look better I think. How about white? - it would bring the focus up and balance the outfit out a bit. Love the shoes and I would wear a matching top, but that is probably too matchy matchy.

Lorraine said...

Marji- I really like it. The piping detail is nice, and it hugs your curves.

We should all celebrate our curves!

Tany said...

Working with a large print for this pattern couldn't be an easy task. I like the design lines of this skirt and I can see it made up in blue navy solid fabric and white piping accents.

You've been sewing a lot! Both dress and skirt from the last two posts looks stunning!

Valery said...

Nice fabric choice.!! You did a great job.. That pencil skirt is beautiful. Impressed with your sewing talent.