In September, I ordered a skirt from Nordstrom. The fit was off, and the fabric was of low quality. I returned it. I didn’t matter that it was low cost, I knew I could do better. And then Ann, from Gorgeous Fabrics, posted a very similar fabric/pattern. I had already made one version of Vogue 2811, and even though the fit was never right, I wear the skirt all the time. I made that version in a linen, but the pattern envelop called for something heavier, including home decor fabric. I had a match.
Last time I made a size 14, thinking I needed the ease. I was wrong, and I had all kinds of gaping on the back. This time I made a 12, fitting as I went – but I didn’t have to. (I bought a Fitbit, and my shape is changing, making fitting an ongoing issue, which means I should make a muslin. I just cut wider seams, basting first).
I made the longer version, but with the button closure instead of hooks and eyes, and lengthened it 3 inches. I left off the pockets. I edge-stitched to hold down the seams, but since the detail was lost, I didn’t do the additional top stitching.
And yes, I had to match a CF and CB seam. Pretty proud of my work here. Couldn’t quite get the same result with the waistband, but I’m pretty pleased.
Only weird thing, and this happened the last time too. I followed the directions precisely, and the fly facing is too short. I doesn’t have to be… I just think they have you sew the bottom too short (the dot is too high).
I don’t have a blouse to match – working on that. When I finish, I’ll post a picture of the skirt/blouse on me.