Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Wardrobe Comp Review - MSB 148-24

Pattern Description:
A-line skirt with pockets.

Pattern Sizing:
The pattern is provided as a diagram and you use your own waist and hip measurements to draft it. This pattern is as straightforward as they come. Even if you've never drafted a pattern before this skirt is super-easy.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Well, if I read Japanese I am sure they would be! Seriously, instructions are not needed. Patch pockets, a couple of darts, seams, zip, hem - that's it! Although I did add lining to three of my versions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love that it's quick and easy to make and suitable for a wide variety of fabrics/looks. For an a-line skirt it doesn't look too triangular, which is one of my pet hates.

Fabric Used:
The two versions shown here are made from:

Olive suiting (the selvedge says it's cashmere/silk, but I am skeptical) and taupe wool gabardine

I have made this pattern twice previously (see here and here).

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I added a lining.
I stabilised the waistline with selvedge cut from silk organza.

I trimmed the hem with bias binding. I used offcuts from my yet-to-be-finished floral blouse on the olive skirt and some black/white gingham from stash for the taupe skirt. I left the pockets off these two versions.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have worn the grey version to death and the cotton version is my go-to weekend skirt in summer. So I dare say I won't stop at four versions!

This is a simple pattern to draft, a simple skirt to make and very flattering.


Audrey said...

You are making great progress on your wardrobe. I can't wait to see the jacket made up. I love the fabric. The Mrs Stylebook skirt is proving to be a TNT (tried and true) pattern for you. Aren't TNT's great when sewing under deadlines!

marLou said...

Lovely skirt. I never thought about making bias bindings from my scraps so thanks for putting that idea in my head. What may seem elementary to experienced sewers seems to escape my mind as a new sewer. I'm always learning something from yours and other's blogs.