Vogue 1247 (Skirt)
I was really very excited when I received this pattern in the post. It looked like such an easy, already put together ensemble. I have found however, that the patterns (top & skirt) are all a bit well, underwhelming.
After making up a calico muslin on the skirt, I discovered that what it was that I liked about the skirt, that is, the placement of the pockets, were an invisible feature. It looked like nothing more than a boring skirt with a wide yolk.
I then embarked on the challenge to make it more interesting. I added a feature using the selvedge and fuchsia topstitching along the line where the yoke meets the skirt at the pocket opening. I also added two back pockets. One, stylishly thread-sketched with a leafy design.
Other changes were to replace the waistband with a facing and add 5cm to the overall length (this skirt was designed for playing at Wimbledon!).
The fabric is a super light cotton denim by Donna Karen purchased at The Fabric Store in Sydney. It really is quite divine. It has a tiny bit of stretch in it (spandex from memory) so I added some stay tape to the waistline.
Overall, I'm very happy with this skirt...now! I wore it grocery shopping today and found it super comfortable and light to wear while feeling a bit casually stylish.
- Side view -
- Inner front -
Hong Kong binding on pockets seams
Hand stitched blind hem
- Feature : selvedge & fuchsia topstitching -
(Click to get a closer look)
- Back view -
Added pockets with leafy thread-sketching
Facing instead of wasitband