Food and Fitness

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Where do I begin? I LOVE THIS SKIRT! I’ve definitely made pencil skirts before, but what drew me to this one is the idea that it would be custom to my body. In the past, I’ve had to make many adjustments for the waist or create a hip curve so it’s not just a straight skirt, fit and re-fit so that a simple skirt becomes a major project just to get the look I wanted. This tutorial teaches you how to create a CUSTOM pattern that essentially gets all of that right from the beginning. After having three babies in 6 years, my tummy doesn’t remember flat and there is little junk in this trunk but the customized pattern allowed me to adjust/compensate for that and make the perfect skirt for me.

I used this tutorial to create a custom pattern for this skirt.  The other cool thing is that should my measurements change, I can just create a new pattern and still get a great fitting skirt.


Pattern Description: High Waist Pencil Skirt
Pattern Sizing: You draft the pattern according to your measurements
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I have watched a lot of sewing/crafting videos over the years.  I continue to be impressed by Mimi’s teaching style as she walks you through every step and tells you why you’re doing what you’re doing in simple easy to understand terms.  Mimi has produced another winner. 
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  The tutorial is full of techniques and manages to give you all the information you would typically learn in a sewing 101 series yet presents it in a way that is so matter of fact and encouraging that you don’t even realize you’re learning intermediate techniques.   Pattern drafting, fitting, topstitching, edge stitching, the COOLEST, EASIEST invisible zipper insertion technique known to man (this alone makes the video worth the price) are just a few of the techniques you’ll learn in this tutorial. 
Fabric Used: Stretch Denim
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Not necessary since the pattern is custom
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Honestly, I don’t know what to be happier about, my perfect skirt, how much use I will get out of this pattern or the unlimited options that can be created using the basic skirt pattern. 
Conclusion:   This will be my TNT pencil skirt pattern