Friday, September 9, 2011

More Skirts - Quick Projects B3734 and B3858

No doubt long skirts and long dresses have been in for a while. Marie Claire Real Style shows how you can get one maxi dress to create three different looks. Long gauze skirts are great for the summer and can be worn during the traditional fall days.

I used B3734 (OOP) to make two skirts for my DD. These were cut last year and stored in the "UFO bin". I just couldn't let another year go way without sewing up these easy skirts.

Pattern Description: Misses'/Misses/ Petite skirt - Skirt, above mid-knee, lower calf or above ankle, has elastic waist and tier variations. A, B, and E; purchased trim, C and D: optional crinkling. C, D, and E: narrow.

Pattern Sizing: XS - XL. I used size small. View C and View B no trim.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. The length of the tiers and amount of gathering appeared to be like the pattern illustration.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Sorry. I didn't really read them. This pattern consist of making an elastic casing, gathers, serging, and straight seams. Not difficult to make.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? DD picked this for simple floaty, summer skirts. No dislikes.

Fabric Used: Gauze from Vogue.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only thing I changed was no trim on View B. Sorry, no pictures of this view. It's basically the same, minus the lower tier. So you get the picture.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Maybe. I've seen a lot of this style skirt through the years. I think it's a classic silhouette that repeats season after season. So I do recommend it to others. All level sewists can easily make it.

This is a classic skirt design that all level sewists can make with no problem.

B3858 - Another OOP pattern, Also an easy skirt to make. This one is for me. And I am ashamed to say, it was stored in the "UFO bin" for over seven years. But the good thing is, I cut extra wide seam allowances. So fitting was no problem. This makes the second time I've sewn this pattern, made view B.

Pattern Description: Misses' loose fitting or semi fitted skirt has contour waist, shaped hemline and side zipper. A, B: A-line, below mid-knee at center front. A, C: narrow hem C, D: below mid-knee at center. B, D: purchased trim.

Pattern Sizing: 6 -22; I used size 12 cutting extra wide seam allowances.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Easy breezy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like the shape of the hemline. No dislike.

Fabric Used: Rayon from JoAnn's. This fabric is soft and floaty. And the print is perfect for tropical vacation wear.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I only added extra wide seam allowances and lengthen the skirt a few inches.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't know. I have so many patterns to try. But I do recommend it if you have it in your collection.

Conclusion: Cut little flouncy skirt that easy to make.

Parting Shot: My sweet DD bought me a pair of KAI scissors. They are the best. Cutting with them feels like slicing through butter. Smooth and silky. She purchased these on eBay for about 15 bucks. Deal right. The green handled dressmaker's shears were a Japan exclusive (So they say).


  1. Your dd looks great in her chic long skirt. She even has her hair in the very in again braid.

  2. Your daughter is beautiful! I love how she has styled the skirt with that belt - absolutely perfect. Well done, Mum!

  3. Gorgeous skirts! Your daughter looks very pretty :)

  4. Both skirts turned out great!

    I noticed that the first picture's caption is "for work" yet it appears to drag on the floor. Have these people no reality?! It really made me chuckle.

  5. Your daughter looks effortless chic, love the skirt!

  6. Your daughter is beautiful, the skirt is trés chic on her. How sweet of her to buy you a pair of Kai shears. I recently bought myself a pair of the bent handle type, and just love them.

  7. Way to go getting those UFO's finished. Both are nice additions to both of your wardrobes!

  8. Your daughter looks so cool and chic and love the belt.

  9. Great skirts! Love they way both of them are styled.



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