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Simple Tan Skirt

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

This skirt is a simple, straight skirt with darts, waistband and zipper. It was made up in a creamy tan color. The skirt has a kick pleat with a lace overlay in the back center seam. 

The fabric is a 100% polyester pin stripe suiting in a "camel" color. I ordered the fabric online. By sacrificing natural fibers and ordering polyester, I was hoping to gain an easy to wear, wrinkle resistant skirt. The fabric does wrinkle and snags easy, but at least it was not expensive. 

The pattern is actually a free pattern (5088 straight three seam skirt) from Lekala sewing patterns. I wanted to try these patterns because they are made custom for you from your own measurements, which should eliminate the need to alter the pattern. When ordering online, you submit your measurements, including your height. Within twenty-four hours, they email you a PDF containing your custom pattern. You have to print it out and tape all the pieces together. It would be worth the extra work if you did not have to alter the pattern. 

You can order the pattern with or without seam allowances. One online review mentioned that the seam allowances were not generous. So when I took my measurements, I was a little generous, that was a mistake. The seam allowances turned out to be 3/8 of an inch. Because I was generous, I still had to take the skirt in a little. This was my own fault and kind of defeated the purpose of testing this pattern. 

The proportions fit good, for example the distance between the waist and the hip, ect. But it is not really hard for me to get a good fit in a skirt. I think a keener test would be a pair of pants or a column dress. As a note, the skirt's style was short, so I also lengthened the pattern. 

The skirt was so simple and straight forward that I never did download the directions to find out if they were user friendly. I suppose I am really not very good at pattern reviews! 

As for the kick pleat, that was my own addition. I think the pattern actually had a walking vent. It is called a hanging kick pleat. I followed the directions in the July 2013 issue of Threads Magazine. It came out very nice. The kick pleat "hangs" from the zipper tape so that there are no visible stitches on the good side of the skirt. 

I overlaid the pleat with the leftover lace from my tan lace jacket. I was happy to get to use a little bit of the border, since I was not able to use any of it on the jacket. 

I had a lot of puckering in my hem. I took it apart and sewed the hem again. It is better than at first, but as you can see in the photo, there are still puckers. I just got tired of fussing over it. 

Categories: Skirts, Sew to Fit

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