So I fell in love with an embroidered linen, on line. Bought it, and then had to consider how to use it. I knew I wanted a skirt, but I needed a pattern with simple lines. I had had my eye on the top for Vogue 1213 (Lanvin-Castillo) for some time (the jacket too). I thought I could make a work and heat friendly version of the the skirt and blouse. One day I will make the jacket, not for a suit, but for jeans.
Lo and behold, I went to make this, and was missing the directions. I made an appeal and Kate of Fabrikated emailed me photos of the directions from London. I love our sewing community! Thanks Kate!
This is an easy, easy skirt: front, back, pocket, waistband. I didn’t really need the directions for the skirt. But it was nice to know that I had planned to do the pocket the same way. You see, the pocket is hidden in that front pleat!!
I still had to do a muslin, as the pattern I had was for someone teeny tiny. I needed to add 4 inches of girth. I ended up adding most of it to the side seams, but did shift the center back and center front off the fabric fold by 1/2 inch (one each each total) to shift the darts and pleats to the right place.
I was also watching Susan Khalje’s Couture dress on Craftsy and decided to try out a few things: the way she cuts out the fabric and uses stitching lines – not cutting lines, how she marks the backing fabric/underlining, and her hand stitched lapped zipper.
So the details:
Pattern Description: Vogue Paris Original 1213 by Lanvin-Castillo. “Slim skirt has side front pockets.”
Pattern Sizing: Size 12, but the old Vogue 12, with a bust of 32 and hip of 34. I wish. See above.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, but the linen isn’t as drapey, and mine is shorter on me. I’m still not sure I like the length, but I’ve got some room to play – and when I do the blouse I’ll post a photo of me in the outfit for comments about the length (hits me mid/lower knee).
Instructions? Great – though I only half used them. I’ll really need them for the blouse. I love the old school directions.
What do you like or dislike about the pattern? Clean lines, simple. The pocket hidden in the pleat is really cool – it’s not really on the side, but further in on the hip. They aren’t that deep/big though, so don’t expect to stick your heavy keys or smart phone in there. I also liked that this skirt is underlined, rather than lined. I’ve come to prefer this treatment. It gives the fashion fabric a little something extra, and with linen, reduces wrinkling. I forgot to add in the original post: when I traced the stitching lines onto the muslin, I noticed the darts were ever so slightly curved – not straight angles. It made for a much nicer dart, skimming over the curve of the body.
Pattern alterations or design changes? I changed the sizing. I hand inserted a lapped zipper. I did serge the seam edges and didn’t give myself enough to do a proper lapped zipper, so I had to insert/baste in some grosgrain, which solved the problem, and stabilized the hip curve. I also sewed the waist band on according to her out-of-print
book. There you staystitch the waist, baste grosgrain in place, sew the waistband on, fold it over the grosgrain and finish as desired. The inside of the waist band (facing) is serged, and I sewed it in place by stitching in the ditch. I finished my edges with the serger instead of hand overcasting.
Would you sew again? Recommend? Sure. I haven’t made a skirt with an actual waistband in a while, so let’s see how I like that in the Florida heat.
Conclusions: A simple skirt, with a fun pocket that allowed me to work on fundamentals in couture. While I didn’t apply everything I’m learning from couture classes/books, I think what I did do helped considerably: from the muslin to the backing to hand placing the zipper. I feel I improved my skills and I’m happy with the final product. Surprisingly, I found all that basting quite meditative. The end process is a skirt that I really love that I feel I did a great job on. Even though it took longer than normal for me to make, I enjoyed every step of it, which is nice.