Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Another Great Pencil Skirt Option with B5566


A great pencil skirt comes in handy when you're trying to sew up one yard remnants. Butterick 5566 was a good choice to move some remnants from the fabric stacks to the closet. I made two skirts. There isn't much to review as the pattern has been reviewed many times by other sewists, and it's a simple pattern.


So here goes the short review of my experience.

Pattern Description: MISSES' SKIRT: Semi-fitted, above mid-knee skirts A, B, C, D, E have contour waist and back. A: front overlay, outside stitched darts. B, C: front yokes (contrast B). D: contrast sides. D, E: princess seams. B, C, D, E: topstitching.

Pattern Sizing: sizes 6 to 20; I used size 14 with a few modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part. The model view appears to be a tapered at the hem. Not so in the pattern pieces. So I reduced the width of the hemline by 3 inches to get that tapered affect shown on the envelope.




Were the instructions easy to follow? Easy breezy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? View B and A caught my attention. Their not your typical pencil skirt designs. No dislikes.

Fabric Used: White linen/cotton blend and Red tropical wool.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Added 2 inches to the length. White installed an invisible zipper; red installed a lapped zipper.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I plan to make view B and view A. And yes I do recommend it.

Conclusion:
This is an nice pencil skirt to sew. All levels can make with no problems.



Oops!  Forgot to change my shoes. Lol

Burda Style Tank 07-2008-126
This is an UFO that I started over a year ago.  All it needed was hemming.


Pattern Description: Tank top with gathering and waist panel at center back.

Pattern Sizing: 36 - 44; 4/6 - 14

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? The instructions were typical Burda Style. The top was simple to make. So this one wouldn't be difficult to make for an average sewist.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This style tank reminded me of "back in the day" when as a teenager we knotted our over sized t-shirt for a more fitted look around the waist. I thought this was a cute style. No dislikes.






Fabric Used: Assorted fiber knit from Vogue Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a swayback adjustment and added a little width at the side.

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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Maybe and Yes.

Conclusion:  Cute little tank that is easy to sew.



11 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Ah B5566 - the great pencil skirt that Butterick didn't grade up past a size 20! I love your versions of the skirt but I still have bitter feelings with the pattern company over this one!

BTW, did you line your versions?

Kelley said...

Yay! I was hoping you'd model the red pieces! Smashing, dahling.

And I just got me a denim white skirt at Christopher and Banks ($50!!!) before I left the US mainland, and next I'll be making myself a nice, white pencil skirt. Yours, dahling, is perfectly divine, functional, and you're going to let a lot of bang out of those remnant bucks. Very, very cute indeed!

I cannot WAIT until my container comes and I can sew with my new little sewing machine.

Renee said...

Great skirts and tops!!!! They look so comfortable.

Cennetta said...

Thanks, ladies. Carolyn - I didn't line these, but will do so on the next batch.

Lindacakes said...

Love it all!

Gail said...

What a great wardrobe story! I particularly like the net top and matching skirt.

MushyWear said...

These skirts do look fantastic. I think it was a great call to taper the sides in a bit at the hem. Both look very professional!

Diana 'poetsie' said...

Looks great.
Love the shirts too.
Like your style.

GodsgirlT said...

Great pencil skirts! Great tops! Great shoes! Great photos!

Summerset said...

What great skirts! I really love that red outfit, with the soft blouse.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Great projects! You really cannot have too many pencil skirts.

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