Sunday, February 22, 2009

Pencil Me In - B5249 & S2862

Pattern Description: Misses' Skirt and Belt: Skirts A, B, C, D have princess seams, back zipper, and high waist. A, C: carriers and self-belt with purchased buckle. B, D: side front pleats and pockets. C, D: self-ruffle, A, B, C, D: mid knee length.

Pattern Sizing: 6-20; I made size 14, view B.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it does.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? What drew me to this pattern was the interesting pockets of view B and D. One of my occasional clients asked me to make a few pencil skirts for her. This pattern was the suggested pattern. I really liked it so I decided to make view B for myself.

Fabric Used: Wool from Fishman's Fabrics on Roosevelt and Deplaines. I purchased this fabric last year at this time. It's a very nice wool that I got for half price (2 yards remnant for $22.00). I was able to squezze a vest (S2862) out of it.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added a few inches to the bottom. Also fully lined it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. This is a great skirt pattern.

Conclusion: This is a nice skirt pattern that is easy to sew.

Pattern Description: Misses' lined vest, hat, wristlet, purse, and tote. Hat in three sizes SML.

Pattern Sizing: 6 - 20; I made size 14, view A with several alterations/changes.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. Nothing that's really confusing.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that style of the vest. Also a plus: the pattern contains several nice accessories that I may one day try. So far nothing to dislike.

Fabric Used:Wool remnant purchased at Fishman's last year. This vest was made from the leftover scraps of B5249.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made several alterations and changes.

- FBA alterations following methods in Fits for Real People. First I changed the Stitching line for the side front. Then I slashed between the notches to add the needed room. Next I altered the front.
- Used two D rings instead of a buckle.
- Didn't use lining for the back -- use fashion fabric for the tabs as well.
- Increased the width of the tab by 1/4 inch.
- Increased the sea allowance at the upper side back to eliminate gap.
- I didn't have enough fabric for the front facing -- so I fused 2 layers of interfacing to the front. This work very well.
- I understitched the edge of the vest before joining the lining side seams.
- I used five buttons instead of four.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. with alterations where necessary.

Conclusion: I like this pattern. My vest turned out well on the first try. No muslin, just follow my normal alterations. Give it a try.

See more pictures on Flickr.


  1. Love your outfit! Looks really nice on you. I love everything you make!

  2. Totally loving the pencil skirt and that vest so cute. You did great. In the back it totally looks like it's a one whole piece. Great job looks good on you.

  3. Yes, you look very nice in your skirt and vest! Great job!

  4. Wow, this is a very nice outfit. Great job!

  5. That is such a great outfit! You look fabulous!

  6. This is a really flattering outfit! I love the colour of the skirt and vest, but putting that red blouse with it just makes it zing! Your workmanship is wonderful, too. Everything you make looks so polished. I see that vests are popular again, so I may be tempted to add a few to my winter wardrobe this year!

  7. Great outfit - so cohesive with a punch. A cute pencil skirt is a must for one's wardrobe. I am still working on mine.

  8. I love the outfit. I am making a vest now too.

  9. Once again, you did a great job on the outfit. It looks good on you,.
    Joyce in NC

  10. What a gorgeous looking outfit! I love vests and yours turned out fabulous!

  11. Fantastic outfit! I just love the way it looks on you.

  12. OMG, this is so beautiful on you. I just made the vest too with similar fabric. I will be reviewing mine too. You really did justice to this duo. Very very good job

  13. Love it! Pure and simple. Great ensemble. The skirt details are really unique.

  14. Cennetta.- skirt and vest are extraordinary. I love the choice of fabric, very elegant. seems that the vests are fashionable, right? ..

    greetings, Paco

  15. This is so office chic! Nice job.

  16. That skirt is HOT!! Ohmigosh. I am a little giddy looking at it!

  17. Looks great on you, that back view really shows off your nice shape.

  18. You. Betta. Work!

    You've done a beautiful job. Such classic additions to your wardrobe.

  19. That is stunning on you! The fabric, the colors and especially the fit! It's just beautiful.

  20. You look amazing in your new outfit!
    I love the vest paired with the skirt! You did a wonderful job on both garments, the fit of both are perfect :)

  21. Absolutely love this!! It suits you well.

  22. Ooooohhhh I like the skirt with the vest!!! Really nice!

  23. That is a fantastic ensemble and love the details on the skirt.

  24. Sharp, polished and professional! You look great.

  25. You are the best friends a girl could have. Thanks for the wonderful complements!

  26. The office better watch out! You have some serious business attitude/look in this suit :) . Remember the "power suits" from the 80's? This outfit reminds me of those (without the big shoulders, of course). It's a great outfit that commands presence when you walk into a room, the kind that says, "Stop what you're 'cuz *I'm* here."

  27. Love, very profesional lookiing

  28. outfit!

    Your sewing, design, and fashion sense is superb.

    Pam ~Off The Cuff~

  29. I know you are the best dressed at work everyday!



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