Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Vogue 1292 - A Trendy Classic Skirt
Today's review is one of Sandra Betzina's latest skirt designs. Initially, I took a pass on trying this pattern. But after seeing a few versions of this skirt made, I decided to give it a try. And I'm glad I did. It's not a difficult pattern to sew. I was able to sew two skirts in less than four hours. What makes these skirts special is the use of the ever so popular, ruffled knit fabric (View-B). As for View A, I plan to make it too. One of the Haute Couture Club members wore her version to a meeting last summer, and Sandra Betzina wore the version that you see on the pattern envelope to the Power Sewing Retreat in September. And that's when I said, "Okay, I'm making that skirt!"
Pattern Description: MISSES' SKIRT: Lined skirt has raised elastic waist, no side seams, and sides cut on crosswise grain of fabric. A: bias panels form origami border. B: lining forms slight bubble hem, and purchased decorative elastic trim.
FABRICS: For Moderate Stretch Knits: Lightweight Double Knit, Lightweight Wool Jersey. Lining: Tricot, Lightweight Jersey.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes A through J; I used size D. No adjustments needed.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I had no problems following the instructions. I like the construction technique for the elasticized waistband. After cutting the length of the elastic, butt the ends together over a 1" square of scrap fabric. This reduces bulk. The finishing of the elastic is what makes this technique special. A decorative narrow elastic to each long side of the elastic and over the joint of the elastic. This is an attractive way to finish the elasticized waistband. This is a technique I will use again.
Caution - When sewing the seams, make sure the ruffles are laying in the right direction.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? My likes
- The use of the ruffled knit fabric.
- Easy construction of the skirt. It's sews up quickly. All of the seams of the skirt are concealed.
- The joining at the hem of the skirt.
- Decorative elasticized waistband.
No dislikes -
Fabric Used: The Brown/Orange print was purchased at Eddie's Quilting Bee. I bought the fabric during the Saturday shopping day of the the Power Sewing Retreat. The Black/Blue ruffled knit was a gift from Mary (participate at the PSR). Thanks again, Mary. For the Lining, I used a black tricot that I purchased in bulk from Vogue Fabrics several months ago.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No changes. Except the waistband of the Brown/Orange version. I didn't have enough decorative elastic to go along the top of the elastic. Having it a the lower edge was good though.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. I received a tons of compliments when I wore the Brown/Orange version. I'm thinking of making one to gift someone. Not sure yet. But that what I thinking, a Christmas gift. For myself, I want to make View A at least once.
I highly recommend that you try this pattern. If you want to try View B using the ruffled knit, Vogue Fabrics (Chicago) on Roosevelt Rd has a huge section, all colors, for $9.99 per yard.
Conclusion: This is a great skirt pattern to sew. It easy and stylish. You can't beat that combination.
Stay Tuned. I still have two more blogs on the Power Sewing Retreat.
Thanks! Happy Sewing,