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,
C

28 comments:

  1. I passed this pattern by as well, but I love yours. The ruffled fabric is used in by far the best way I've seen. Gorgeous.

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  2. I love love love the use of ruffle knit for this skirt. The cross grain panels look amazing with the ruffles cascading down. Fabulous!!

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  3. Wonderful, wonderful skirts! A whole lot of style, for what you say is not an awful lot of work.

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  4. Your skirts look fantastic! Great use of the ruffle fabric.

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  5. These skirts are seriously cool

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  6. Oh, wow. I'm sold, girl. The mileage you'll glean from these beauties. They're stunning on you! Don't suppose they could be wadded into the suitcase, taken out and worn, or could they?! Great colors on you, too!

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  7. Lovely skirts and love how you used the ruffle panels.

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  8. Love those! Who would've thought ruffled fabric on the lower half would be so flattering but WOW!

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  9. Thanks everyone, Debbie Cook - That was my initial thought.
    C

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  10. Gorgeous! So now there's another pattern I want to buy!LOL!

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  11. Nice C....very,very nice. I really like this type of fabric but have a hard time envisioning it made up. You've given me a clear vision of the possibilities! Nice work!

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  12. cI walked on by this pattern. Now I'll have to give it another look. Your skirts are beautiful and thanks for the elastic highlight/tip.

    I think I need a blue skirt like yours!

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  13. Cool use of ruffle fabric! What an inspiring way to use this fabric!

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  14. Your use of this ruffle fabric has made this skirt look a lot better than when I originally looked at this pattern. Very nice looking skirts.

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  15. What a cool way of showcasing the ruffled fabrics, both skirts look great.

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  16. Wow, your skirt looks great. I just attended Sandra's trunk show and the next day I ordered this skirt pattern. Can't wait to make it. I plan to use the same type of fabrics.

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  17. Love, love, love! I;m sold on both the fabric and the pattern.

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  18. I saw this in your Flickr album and couldn't believe how beautiful these skirts are...you have an eye for great fabric/pattern combos because these are fabulous!

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  19. Stunning skirts. I especially like the blue one.

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  20. Lovely skirt and I love the effect the ruffles give the skirt!!! Very cool!!!

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  21. Grest use of that ruffle fabric! How clever! And, you look amazong, Cennetta.

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  22. What a fun way to use the ruffle fabric! I like both colors.

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  23. Gorgeous skirts. I also passed on this pattern but after seeing it on one of her videos and now yours, I"m also thinkin ,I must make one too :)

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