Taking these photos, and trying not to repeat the same clothing combinations for a month has given me a much better idea of what is missing from my wardrobe. I recently threw out several worn out straight skirts, and there are several tops that I like much better with a straight skirt than an a-line.
This is one of them - Vogue 8305, in a lightweight rayon jersey. (Reviewed here)
The skirt is new. It is from the September 2010 Burda. Both 127 and 128 have the same pattern pieces, so I am not sure which number I should use to identify it.
This was a very useful pattern for me, as there are 12 pattern pieces for a pencil skirt - not including facings or linings. The usefulness relates to my difficulty in throwing out any fabric scraps that may come in handy one day. This fabric, for instance, was the odd shaped pieces after cutting out a long, a line skirt, that I wore threadbare. I kept the scraps, making a disproportionaly large pile in my fabric cupboard, thinking I might make something - there was possibly enough fabric for a child's size 4 pinny.....
It has been out again several times (there was not enough for a child size 4 pinafore), but there has not been sufficient suitably sized pieces for any chosen garment -until now.
The pattern is OK. Personally I find 12 pieces overkill for a pretty ordinary skirt.
The multiple seams in the back allowed me to easily add backside room. I added 1/2 inch horizontally to the back seam, and 1/2 inch vertically to the two central back seams. This was a bit too much, and I had to take in the hips at the side. I also shortened the skirt by 5 inches when cutting out, and another inch when hemming. I foolishly tried a side lap zip, as suggested by the pattern, but as has happened on every occasion when I attempt a lapped zip over my curvy hip, this was a dismal failure, so I unpicked and returned to my standard invizible zip. I added a button tab to reduce strain on the top of the zip - this is a light rayon denim, but pretty heavy for an invisible zip.
This skirt is all about the back (side).
Which makes me wonder why there is a horizontal seam right where most women are widest - including me. Fortunately, this seam does not show up at all well in my embroidered denim fabric.
I will not be making this in a plain fabric with topstitching. I think you can work out why.