Fabric: silk/blend brocade in butterfly print from B&J fabrics (top); rayon/linen blend in taupe from paron’s annex
Pattern: new look 6356 (top); simplicity 2451 (skirt)
Year: the sleeve pattern is circa 1960s, but the rest comes from contemporary patterns
Notions: riri metal zip with multi-colored teeth; white 9″ zip for skirt; snaps for closure
Time to Complete: ~5 hours – 2 hours for top, and 3 for skirt (over the course of almost a year!)
First Worn: June 19, 2012
Wear Again: i think so
Total Price: ~$50
Challenge Theme: “television”
for those of you who, like me, enjoyed the show “firefly” (cancelled in 2002, and YES IT STILL HURTS), “our mrs reynolds” is probably at the top of your list of favorite episodes out of the 14. (only 14? YES IT STILL HURTS!)
i’ve got three photos pinned to my board in terms of looks to have fun with: kaylee’s jumpsuit (i even have a teddy bear knee patch):
kaylee’s asian-style jacket, often paired with the jumpsuit:
and inara’s oatmeal-and-orange outfit during the space flight in “our mrs. reynolds.”
inara’s skirt is much cooler than mine, and one day i fully intend to rectify that. but in order to get the challenge out of my UFO pile, i seized on the excuse to finish a long-abandoned simplicity 2451, which only needed a hem and a waistband snap to move from the pile to the closet.
silly? maybe. but some people juggle geese.
- brocade is ANNOYING. i am not sure it could possibly have frayed any more. i tried to handle it as little as possible, but thank goodness i had some extra-wide seam binding on hand, is all i am saying.
- in fact, even with that, i tore a hole in the fabric when i was trying to bind and stitch the neckline. this actually worked out ok, because i got a lower neckline, which i thought was more flattering.
yoked skirt with 4 length variations, including flared and straight versions.
4-12. i cut a 12. probably could have done a 10 for a snugger, higher fit at the waist.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes, the technical drawings are excellent and accurate.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
versatility and simplicity. this skirt definitely has TNT potential.
silk/rayon/linen blend from paron’s annex.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
none. straight out of the envelope as-is.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
maybe. it may have just been my mood at the time but this skirt wasn’t fun to make. it’s easy, it’s versatile, it’s a wardrobe staple, but it isn’t fun. that said, i do highly recommend it: it’s easy, it’s versatile, and it’s a wardrobe staple.