It’s finally finished! And I like it! After agonizing over this pattern, the PBS (Plummy Black Skirt) is finally complete.
What do I like about this pattern? I love the tabs on the skirt. I also liked the facing and lining. It makes it feel like a “real” skirt. I’ve only sewn facing OR lining into a garment.
What didn’t I like? The instructions were very vague. It is rated as an average sewing level pattern so I assume it is directed at better sewists than I. It just gave instructions without explaining what or why so, as a beginner, I wasn’t sure why I was doing what I was doing. Also, if you see the pattern photo near the top of this post, they have the skirt in black and have the model’s hands covering the details. Would you have any idea that this had tabs and welt pockets?! Is this photo supposed to “sell” the skirt pattern?!
What did I do differently? I chickened out on the welt pockets. I figured I should attempt bound buttonholes before I leap into welt territory. (I could also argue that my body type doesn’t need focus put on the upper tummy area, but that would be more of a cop-out.) I also added an inch to the length (should have added 3) and still had to turn up a really narrow hem. I like skirts to the knee and I’m long-legged; others may not have the same concerns about length.
Would I make this pattern again? Yes I would. It’s a nice, slightly high-waisted style and has a different notch detail at the back.
The fabric seemed more and more shiny as I worked with it. I remember buying it and thinking it was black with a slight purple sheen but it’s really purple. But I like it. And how great will it look with future Pendrell blouse fabric!
No photos with the skirt on me. Feeling a little bloaty and don’t need my PMS along with my PBS in the same photo. 😉
Have you ever bought fabric and it ended up being different than what you thought? Is it a change in lighting or just looking at it so much as you work with it? I remember thinking a cotton voile was okay but by the end I loved the fabric even more. On the other hand I loved the navy and white cotton but hated it by the projects completion.
What I’m listening to: Black Sheep by Metric