Finally I have made up this pattern - I was a little half hearted about it, and I'm sure I only bought the pattern out of curiosity, and because every other sewer in the blogosphere seems to have made it ! So I have now made mine :)
I didn't use a good fabric for the skirt. I had a piece of black calico and thought I would use that up - and really, what is the difference between calico and a lightweight linen in hang? Especially when it is black - no-one will really know what it is.
I cut extra length - I am not sure how much because I just cut to the amount of fabric available. If I make it again, I will measure the skirt I have made to see what to add :)
I decided to insert an ordinary lapped zipper instead of an invisible zipper - the fabric is not good enough to warrant an expensive invisible zipper, and I have a stash of ordinary zippers to use up.
I found that the pockets gaped on me a bit - I think because my hips don't fill out the skirt at all well. I remedied this by making them half an inch smaller - as the garment was already sewn, I just stitched a little rectangle at the corner of each pocket. As I had already decided to topstitch the skirt and use flat fell seams at the side, this solution worked well.
So, here is the skirt:
|Skirt, front view|
|Skirt, back view|
|Skirt, side view|
And of course, the picture everyone does - the hands in the pocket picture:
Well, that shows that the pockets are still quite large enough, even with an inch effectively stitched down on each pocket, making them much smaller.
Now, for the top. It is huge. I cut a size 6 and added an extra 5/8 of an inch to the neck, front and back. I could have added more, but I thought the style lines would get distorted.
I used a cheap cotton lawn from Spotlight. That way I will get a casual top, and if I don't like it, I haven't lost a nice piece of fabric.
It is a fun top to make - the french seams make a nice change from serging, and it does look nice inside.
Okay, the outside story:
|Top and Skirt- Front|
|Top and Skirt - Side|
|Top and Skirt - Back - the wind was blowing!|
That is my Rachel Comey Vogue 1247 skirt and top. And do I like it now? Strangely, yes. I think this will make a great little casual skirt and I would happily make it now in a better fabric - and I will enjoy wearing this one around the house. I can see lots of possibilities to vary the skirt - play with texture in block for instance. I think I will probably like the top, especially on those days when I don't know what else to wear. I do think I would like to make this top one day in a very nice silk with a drape - a lightweight silk satin would look stunning for a special top.
Sarah Liz :)