3.15.2015

Vogue 1247 cream corduroy skirt - a very wearable muslin

Our weather has gone from winter to spring/summer almost overnight and there wasn't too many more days corduroy can be worn here in South Carolina, so it was a scramble to get this skirt done to wear to church today.  It's paired with a rtw jacket and top here.
This Rachel Comey Vogue 1247 cream corduroy skirt has been a lesson in perseverance.  It's not the pattern's fault.... it's actually a pretty straight forward fairly easy skirt to make.... it was all in my fabric and fitting my body that was the challenge.
The iconic pockets are such fun! 
The back.  This little rtw jacket works perfectly with this skirt on a couple of different levels.  One, the rust color against the cream corduroy is a nice contrast.... but also this little skirt has horizontal seams across the entire backside, and since my um, er, 'backside' is already a little um, er, prominent.... wasn't sure the seams were what my figure needs.... ya' know.... don't want to bring any more attention to an already troublesome spot :), so the jacket covers it nicely.  Also my zipper wasn't the best zipper application..... so it's nice to know that's kinda' covered too.
This skirt was part of my February Make a Garment a Month Challenge plans, and in spite of the fabric's slight flaw(s) in a couple of places and the fact I completely forgot to take the nap of the corduroy into consideration when cutting out..... decided both those were something only I would probably notice and plan on wearing this skirt with no problem.  Love this pattern!  Already made the cute top here.
Construction details:  Took a little bit more time, but I made a master pattern out of interfacing for this skirt and REALLY like using that so much more than the paper patterns.  My pattern only went to a size 12 and my current measurements put me larger than a 12, so I added 1/2" to side seams of the 12 and added 4" to length.  Sewed/serged with a mere 1/4" seams.  5/8" center back seam and took in a little more at the darts..... particularly the back darts.... and 1/4" on both sides.  I will probably cut the size 12 next time as this one is a little too loose around the waist.  Construction photos show the deleted waistband. 
This skirt has a nice curve to its yoke.... what my figure needs.  The waistband does not.  It is perfectly straight.  I worked many hours on that waistband and it never looked right, so off it came and facings were made.  Because of this change, my skirt sits a little lower than at my natural waist.
Below you can see the facings along with the iconic pockets.  Even though I lengthened the pattern 4", the hem still needed to be negligible.  I'm 5'7".  Made my own bias out of 100% white cotton and hemmed with as little of a turn up as possible.  All seams were serged. 
Back shot.  See the seam line there?  Next time I will delete it and make the back a simple panel.  Someday I hope to learn how to put in an invisible zipper without using an invisible zipper foot.... because I do not have an invisible zipper foot and they are crazy expensive for my machine.  Meanwhile, am content with a regular zipper application.  There's also a little hook and eye at the top.  I have this phobia that without a hook and eye, my zipper will unzip.  Never had that problem... just one of those things I worry about.
By the time I finished this little skirt last night, I wasn't sure if I'd ever make it again.  Now I'm ready to make another!  It is such a fun little skirt to wear!
Now to finish that NEWLOOK 6735 top that's been started and a March garment to think about.  I'm thinking of another NEWLOOK 6246 3/4 length sleeve knit top.

Happy Sewing Everyone!

12 comments:

  1. Looks great on you! Casual but tailored, and the pockets are fabulous. I love the way you put colors together!

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    1. I like that.... 'casual but tailored'.... yes that's this skirt! Thank you Nancy!

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  2. Your um, er, 'backside' is NOT prominent! You have a very, very nice figure top to bottom, side to side!

    If after sewing a garment that gives you as much of a fit as this skirt did, and you can say now you're ready to make it again, I think that's a purdy darn good indication that your professional sewing abilities (which are already very good) are getting even better. We can't learn unless we do! (Must be a better way of saying that. :o/ )

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    1. You did fine hitting the nail on the head.... learn by doing.... absolutely! Thank you so much Mama Pea!

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  3. I like your longer version, and those pockets are really cool. I must say that the nap on your corduroy skirt is unoticeable maybe because it's white? So it's all good! Love the inside view. You are right, the back seam line seems a bit odd, maybe it's to match the front pocket seam line. I can imagine how difficult it must have been to sew the straight waist band to the curved waistline, and it was clever of you to ditch it. I'm beginning to like skirts without a waistband.
    Hope you get to wear your pretty skirt lots before it gets too warm!

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    1. You may be right.... about the nap not being noticeable because it's white. I'm not even sure I can even really 'feel' the difference.... maybe that's why it never occurred to me to check it before cutting..... it's such a non-issue! I wondered that too.... the back seam line is to match the front.... but think the design is such a classic look that it should be okay without that back seam.... even keeping the front seam line because that's where the fantastic pockets are! I definitely like skirts without a waistband more and more!!! Thank you opportunityknits!

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  4. What a pretty little skirt! Love the detail and you did a great work. You know how to match all the colors together, fab outfit!

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  5. The skirt looks lovely - I'm glad you persevered. Don't fret about the invisible zip - put in whatever works for you. I often use a lapped insertion with a regular zip. Good idea to remove the back seamline - it's not needed. A faced skirt would work well for your figure - wide straight waistbands only really work for figures like mine - straighter figures - we need them to hold skirts up! Faced skirts work well on curvier figures. It's amazing what 24 hours away from a garment that we are never going to make again does! Next time you will know just what to do...

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah Liz! Yes.... that's what I've understood and you explained very well... that curved waistbands 'curve' with a curvy body shape and the straight waistbands do not. This straight waistband would not lie straight on me at all, whereas my curved facings cut to match the curve of the top yokes, follow my body's contour.

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  6. Great skirt, Lisa. I only used an invisible zip in my first one and have used a lapped zip for the other two. Your skirt goes beautifully with your top and jacket. The whole outfit is lovely.

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    1. Thank you so much Kathy! Gosh you guys are making me feel so much better about using regular zips!

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