I Blame the VD

Valentine’s Day, of course, not the other VD. Why else would I have dug this maroon twill out of stash and attempted New Look 6106? Here’s the pattern, one of the new spring releases:

Misses' Skirts Now, there’s nothing much wrong with this pattern. It looks like a nice, simple A-line skirt with pockets. I was particularly happy to se darts in the back for shaping and a center back zipper. Hard to screw up, right?

Here’s the result:

Wow, that's fug.

I think you need to see the back to appreciate the full effect:

Those wrinkles are not from lack of pressing, they're from the way the skirt hangs. Really.

I think there are two problems here — one, this skirt was designed for someone with an exaggerated hourglass shape. I am not that person. Two, I made it out of cheap twill fabric that any sane sewist would have binned without a second thought. Curse my sudden and inevitable frugality!

In a side note, I measure as a 14, but normally sew between a 10 and a 12. After looking at the teeny waist on this pattern and comparing it to some of my TNTs, I sewed a 14. I think that was the correct choice, but it does mean this pattern runs really small in the waist and large in the hip. Kinda short too, in the shortest length — which I’m showing here, it’s supposed to be 18 inches long but doesn’t quite make it. I won’t be making this one again — the drafting is just too far off for my figure, and I think the style is too sweet.

However, I’ve cut out another New Look, this one:

It’s a Suede Says pattern, New Look 6103.  I’m making the curved hem skirt in the second view.  That curve is going to be the devil to turn….


Posted on February 14, 2012, in sewing. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Righto then I’m not getting that pattern. I haven’t any curves at all ……

    Nice colour …

  2. You’re right, but that’s the problem when you use ready made patterns based on standard sizing. If you’re not able to make yourself a pattern based on your measurements the only thing to do before cutting the fabric you intend to use, is experimenting with a cheaper one to make the alterations needed.

    • Sadly, I’m still discovering what works for my particular figure. It’s entirely possible I would have made the same mistake if I’d drafted the pattern myself.

  3. There are a lot of pear shaped women who would probably love that skirt. Sometimes you just have to accept that they didn’t have your body in mind when drafting.

    That’s a pretty cool second pattern though. Love the darts into the pockets.

    • That second pattern is THE DEVIL…or rather, the instructions are. I tossed it when it became obvious that the curved hem would not work in the manner they wanted me to face it. And the zippers are applied — no pockets, although I guess you could add them.

  4. Hmm. I think the red skirt might’ve worked in something with a bit more drape, but with the stiff twill—yeah. Not quite right. You could probably improve things a lot by tacking a whack off the side-seams below the waistband—it would be a cute fitted micro-mini—but it doesn’t sound like you’re that invested in saving it. Quick question—did your hips match the measurement as given too, or did you just go by your waist measurement? I usually have to grade out a size (or two) at the waist, which is fine is the pattern runs true, but can be really, really frustrating when it doesn’t.

    I really, really like that second view of the second pattern. I hope hope hope it works! 🙂

    • If the skirt didn’t have side pockets, I might have tried to save it. Side pockets always complicate things. My hips did match the measurement, but the wearing ease is just ridiculous (and now I’m wondering if a softer fabric would help, even though the recommendation includes stiff fabrics like twill). Maybe a wool blend? I’m just trying to figure out if this is even my style…

      The second pattern was an abysmal mess. I didn’t even blog about it. Gah.

  5. Love the color. But, yeah. The back is a little whacked. It’s a shame because it looked like it could have been nice. Maybe the next one will turn out better.

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