pattern: vogue 7397, view E. love the asymmetrical hem, and i knew from the very first day i owned this pattern (2 years ago) that i wanted it in camel fabric. i had seen a woman in neiman marcus walking around in a skirt with a lot of body and movement, and it was a camel hair skirt, and it was so rich and gorgeous and i wanted one.
time in area 51: technically, only about 2 months–but sort of two years, if you consider this is the second version of this skirt but really only the first that is wearable.
excuses: indecision. i wasn’t sure how i wanted to treat the raw edges inside the skirt, which do not ravel. i did a flat fell seam on the front princess panels, which was ok, but it wouldn’t do for the back. instead, i just pressed them, trimmed them and left them. at this point i was deep enough into the work that i kept going, otherwise all of the hand-finishing necessitated by the thickness of the fabric would have thrown me off again!
how i finished it: just sucked it up and did it. the skirt looked incredibly pathetic in the pile of things to do, and i felt embarrassed not to have finished it. last night, fortunately, a couple of good reruns were on cable (law & order, NCIS) and i powered through, catchstitching the hem with some lace and tacking down the facings. the hem, even after pressing, needs another press. and i made a rookie mistake by making the facings out of the wool–they are super-thick, and i should have used something lighter. but it’s done, and i’m happy.
worth the wait: yes, this skirt is a classic for the cooler weather, with its warm neutral tone and ability to look hot with anything.
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Semi-fitting, straight skirt, below mid-knee has front princess seams and side zipper. A, B: back vents. B: tab with button trim. C: back pleats. D: gored back and shaped hem.
i cut a 12, since i’m a pretty solid 12 right out of the envelope (especially on a vogue).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes, great technical drawings on this one.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
wardrobe staple with some extra elegance from design details such as the two back vents or the gored back version.
camel hair wool from Mood Fabrics, NYC
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
i did fold out the inch for the “petite” alteration, even though i am not so petite. i just liked the length better.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
i’ve sewn it three times, so take that as a yes on both counts.