August 19, 2013

Simplicity 1717

Inspired by skirts I saw in a recent Talbots catalog and some really cute skirts one of the girls (seriously, she's younger than either of my kids!) at work wears, I decided it was time to try a new pattern. 

Because I had good luck with Simplicity's Amazing Fit pencil skirt pattern,
I picked up Simplicity 1717 their A-line skirt pattern.  This pattern has 4 pieces - front skirt (cut 2) back skirt (cut 2) front and back yokes and optional pockets.  So far I've left the pockets off. 

As with all of the amazing fit patterns you sew the front and back together and then you baste the side seams to know where to sew them.  I've now made this skirt twice and I gave the first version away.  The first time I made it - I cut the longer length and cut the size that was determined by my measurements.  I used the "curvy" back.  I compared the back darts to the simplicity amazing fit sheath dress pattern that a friend helped me fit. 

After putting the skirt together, I basted the side seams and then took them in another 5/8" at the waist taping back out to the seams by the high hip.  While this version was a bit short for me, it would have been fine for weekend wear - if it wasn't too big!  I probably should have started with a smaller size pattern.

Version #2 was made with a blue polka dot cotton that I underlined with white cotton batiste.  I added 2" to the length and it was perfect.  I could hem it and the length felt good.  When I basted the side seams together - I was able to take another inch and half at the waist, an inch below the yoke and half an inch between that spot and my full hip. 

I have worn this skirt to work twice and I really like it.  It fits without being over-fitted (at least it doesn't feel too tight - but looking at these photos - well I'm rethinking everything I know).

I have actually worn this skirt with a white tee tucked in and a red cardigan.  I also put on red flats when I'm at work.  My jewelry is either red or blue depending on my mood in the morning.

I'm not going to show the side view because honestly it's very unflattering.  If it does anything - it's convincing me it's time to push through the pain in my leg and start working out.  Several blogs I follow are making changes (Angie, Debbie, Lynne) with amazing results - it's time for me to follow suit.  The Princess is getting married in 14 months and I do *not* want to be the fat mother of the bride.  Even the Princess has lost 15# since she was home in July and bought her wedding dress.  Okay - enough pity party. 

I think this is a good pattern for a nice A-line skirt.  I plan to make some in wool this Fall and Winter.  I would suggest flat pattern measuring before deciding on what size you make.  Let me know if you make this one up. 

August 5, 2013

Final Baby Shawl

Meet Ayla
Born:  July 7, 2013
Being held by her momma.
Who is wrapped in the Moonlight Sonata Shawl
Knit using Cascade Heritage Superwash Sock Yarn.
2 full hanks and 4 grams of the 3rd.
US 8 needles.
Started May 5, finished May 26.
This is the new momma.
2 weeks after she had that little darling.
She loved the shawl and the color.
She nursed under it while we were visiting.
She was not prepared to have her photo taken - but she went with it.

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