My daughter was home this week on Fall break, and asked for a nice pencil skirt. She had a specific fabric in mind, but not a pattern. So we went to JoAnns and looked through the various books, and she spotted Vogue 8543.
We both really liked the lines of the pattern, and I figured it would be easier to just use the pattern, rather than try to suss out the curved seams in Pattern Editor.
So, I'm cutting out the pattern, and... Hmm. Piece 13 should be for the skirt.
But look at the pattern piece itself:
It clearly says "Middle Back (Jacket)".
I should have known I was in for trouble. Let's look at the instructions, shall we?
In my mind, the illustration and the text should agree. Here, the text says to press the seams toward the middle side back. Yet the illustration shows the seam pressed... which way? Part of it is towards the middle side back, but most of it is towards the side back piece. This isn't the only place the seam orientation is contradictory: pretty much every seam has the same disagreement. I ended up having to re-press pretty much all the pleats because I was going by the pictures and not the text. Grr.
Don't they have spell check at Vogue?? What is a "slirt"?? A novice might think it's a new sewing term.
The skirt doesn't even have a facing; the top front piece is interfaced and the lining is meant to go right up to the top edge of the waistline. I added a waistband out of necessity... because when I cut out and prepared the lining, it turned out to be a full INCH narrower than the finished skirt, and I did cut the same size and sewed correctly. So I ended up not bothering to line it at all.
The one saving grace is that it actually did turn out quite nicely.
A closer view of the front:
All the seams were edgestitched with charcoal grey embroidery thread. It's a very subtle touch.
(I'm jealous of her ability to wear heels like that... My feet won't allow it)
It's a very flattering style on her, and I plan to spend the time figuring out how to replicate it with PatternMaster, because I think it would look great in a denim with gold edgestitching. But there's no way on earth I'm going to touch this pattern again.
Yep, it's hard to believe that's my little girl.