|LTS skirt: £40|
|Simplicity 5351 (view C upper right)|
BEFORE I START: I haven't hemmed this yet, so please forgive the awful ragged looking hem! /o\ I had to take photos while the sun was (for once) shining. Also, please forgive the triffid like plants that seem to want to cuddle up to the skirt and my camera at all times. (Review also here)
|My skirt, as modelled by Flossie|
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 4-20 are available. My envelope contained sizes 12-20. I made a 20 with no alterations.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I think so. It's sort of hard to tell because it's just a line drawing.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This pattern is part of the "Made Easy" range of Simplicity patterns, and came with very clear instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It's a very simple pattern so it's hard to have strong likes or dislikes about it! I do like the flippy hem and the yoke waistband. I dislike unlined skirts, especially if they're made of wool, but that was easily resolved by interlining.
|As modelled by me|
|Burnt orange acetate interlining, with fancy seam finish|
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As with previous skirts I have made, I interlined/seam finished this skirt using the method described by PR user julieb in this tip. View C is supposed to have piping at the yoke/skirt panel seam but I decided not to use it on this occasion.
|Naff action shot so you can see the flippy hem!|
Conclusion: An easy skirt pattern that even a beginner should find straightforward to make.
|This is a terrible photo but my shoes are GREAT.|
Costs: Unfortunately, the vendor of the wool appeared to have cut my fabric with a hatchet. It was so uneven across one edge I lost at least 15cm of usable length off the 2m that I bought, and then I didn't do myself any favours cutting out my skirt without thinking properly about the pattern layout. I'd hoped to get a second usable length out of the piece, but all I had left was 60cm which is not enough to make anything except a VERY short skirt. For the purposes of my cost calculation, I've taken the full price of the 2m as the remainder is not usable as far as I'm concerned.
Fashion fabric: £4.90 per metre (including postage, £3/m without). Used: 2m. Cost: £9.80
Lining: £2.50 per metre (including postage, £1/m without). Used: 1m. Cost: £2.50
Bits & pieces: Zip - £0.56; Interfacing - £0.20; Skirt hook - £0.03
TOTAL (for now): £13.09 (+ thread, labour, pattern, etc)
Why only for now? Well, I hated the fabric so much I neatened up the bit I had left and put it on eBay to sell. I certainly never want to sew with it again! If I don't sell it, it can go in my bag-making supplies. If I do, it'll off-set some of the fabric costs. Either way, as it stands it's not as cheap as some skirts I've made, but a definite improvement on the LTS skirt at £40 + £4 postage that I originally looked at, and still half price when compared to buying it on sale at £25 + £4 postage. (Buying in a shop is not an option as the nearest LTS branch is 85 miles away.)
Nit-pickery (where I critique my sewing):
+ I finished it, despite the fabric. That may not sound like much of a plus, but believe me it is.
|My seams are very fancy.|
|Zip! Kind of fudged, but still OK|
|I re-did this 3 times, and it still looks bad :(|
- There are some pretty epic fudges in this skirt -- don't look at the hem, the waistband, that bit at the back where the fabric just WOULD NOT lie flat when I attached the yoke, etc. Luckily it'll all be covered up by a top when I wear it, but ugh, not great.
- I really needed more lining fabric -- it was £1/m so there's no real excuse for not buying 2m.
- Probably the worst thing I did was try to hurry through making this, especially once I realized how appalling the fabric was. I have to keep reminding myself, there's no actual prize for finishing things quickly. There are no prizes at all, in fact!