Saturday, May 2, 2009

Pretty Spring Skirt

Simplicity 2698
(This has been in the works all week, I did a little bit every few days, but could've easily done it all in one day.)

Pattern Description: This Project Runway pattern features a variety of skirts with 4 yokes and 5 skirts styles (all pleated, different lengths). I used yoke B (widest) and skirt I (3 box pleats across the front and 3 more in the back, knee length).

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 22. I made the 18 (wear a RTW 12), and it's perfect.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes! Just like the red/white one on the pattern envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Absolutely! No complaints, everything was super clear and easy to understand.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I always love the Project Runway patterns for their flexibility and options, and this one is no different. I've seen more and more of these flouncy skirts in the stores, and I have to say... I love this style. Defines the waist, but forgiving in the empty baby pooch area (if you know what I mean!) because of the pleats and controlled fullness.Also, this skirt is so easy to make, it's a quickie project if you're looking for a 1 day project.Dislike: All Project Runway patterns have lousy fabric yardage recommendations. The envelope recommended 2.25 yds of 60 wide, and I think I only used about 1 1/4 yards.*I highly recommend cutting the paper pattern and taking it with you to the fabric store (with any of the PR patterns).

Fabric Used: Stretch cotton sateen I purchased at Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak, MI. I love the floral and all the different shades of pink! I overbought, and really only needed about 1.5 yds of 60" wide. (Here's a back view and a close-up of the fabric!)
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Other than using an invisible zipper instead of doing a lapped zipper, no.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I'll definitely make one or two more! So flirty and girly (but with full coverage so even a spring gust won't be embarassing), perfect for warmer weather!
Conclusion: Love this pattern! The best 99 cents I've spent in a long time (not including fabric)!
I'll have an updated post mid-week with the dress I made myself for Prom, which is this Thursday.


angie.a said...

I LOVE this. I have this pattern too!! Now I can't wait to try it out.

Shannon said...

What a great skirt - it looks wonderful on you. I love the shape - I may just have to buy this pattern!

gwensews said...

That's a cute skirt! Love the print. The outfit looks great on you.

Michelle said...

What a perfect pairing of fabric and pattern! I love the floral, so nice and "spring-y". Fantastic job!

Bunny said...

Great skirt and it looks fab on you.

Beth Conky said...

Your new outfit is so cute.

Summerset said...

Absolutely - a pretty spring skirt!

Gorgeous Things said...

I love that whole outfit. The fabric is TDF!

Gail said...

Lovely on you. I'm so jealous that you have spring while we head into winter.

Lindsay T said...

Very cute skirt, Kristine!

Anonymous said...

Love it I'm going to have to try a bolder print on one of my skirts.Great job!

gaylen said...

What a lovely skirt. It's fabulous. g