Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Pattern Review: Gertie's Easy Knit Pencil Skirt

After a bit of discouragement with a project that just didn't go quite to expectations (more on that at a later date), I decided it was time to stop beating myself up and move on to an easier project.  Over the Christmas holidays, I picked up Gertie Sews Vintage Casual.  I've been dying to try some of the projects, particularly the Easy Knit Pencil Skirt, which is, quite simply, two pieces of fabric plus elastic for the waistband.

In the fall, I had picked up a lovely grey-and-white jacquard knit from a remnant bin.  Lo and behold! What had Gertie made the illustrative skirt of? Why, an almost identical fabric!

Thus encouraged, I traced the size 14, graded up to the 16 at the waist, and went to town.  With the size grading, the skirt was almost a perfect fit, although I might take it down about half a size next time for a more curve-hugging fit. (Sorry about the dirty mirror.)

All told, it took me about two-and-a-half hours from start to finish, including tracing the pattern and a fifteen-minute break for lunch, so not a lot of time invested (and with the discounted fabric, not a lot of money, either).  As far as wearable muslins go, I would call this one a winner.

Next time, I think I will try the gored, flared version, perhaps in a navy or charcoal ponte knit.  This one pattern will, I think, become a tried-and-true addition to my repertoire.

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