Monday, 28 December 2015

Easy skirt; Newlook 6346

Hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas break. For once it is actually relaxing here. Three small kids makes for a lot of noise and hullabaloo, but this year I am thankful for the gift of Lego Dimensions, a computer gane which has completely engrossed them and allowed me to sit and relax and find a few minutes to sew!



This is my new skirt. It's a linen mix fabric, definitely a mix as it frayed terribly. I cannot complain though as the fabric was part of an epic haul from a charity shop and this piece cost me just £1.50. 

The fraying seams are finished with my machine's overlock stitch. I am now looking forward to getting an overlocker as it will make quick work of fraying fabric.



The skirt is NewLook 6346 which is categorised as easy. And it was. I mixed things up a little by topstitching down all my seams. It's subtle, but it adds a little texture and detail.


However, the pattern is not without fault: the sizing is way off. I chose size 14 (28 inch waist) but the finished waist comes out at 32 inches! 

At first I thought this was my mistake, but I've checked my pattern pieces. I can still wear it, as I can let it drop and wear it just above my hips. But from the pattern envelope, it is clearly meant to sit on the waist.


Even so, this hasn't put me off the pattern - I will just size down next time. So, if and when I find the perfect fabric, I am sure there will be another. I especially love the buttons, think they look really smart. My machine, though only a cheapy Toyota, does amazing button holes. 

Hope everyone is finding time to sew, or at least dream about it! Till next time, Louise x



23 comments:

  1. Love it! The buttons totally make it! And it really suits you!

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    1. Thank you, it was the button style that made me buy it must admit!

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  2. Your skirt looks fab! I must have a look for this pattern, I have been wanting to make a skirt like this for ages.

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    1. Think it's a great shape but do check the sizing!

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  3. Super cute skirt Louise. I look forward to seeing your next version x

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    1. Ah thank you, thinking possibly the longer length next time. Though I have to be careful as being so short it can look like you are wearing dress up if too long!

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  4. Looks lovely! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has sizing problems, I was starting to think it was just me! Allison

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  5. Looks lovely! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has sizing problems, I was starting to think it was just me! Allison

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    1. Thank you. Hope not too many patterns are off size wise!

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    2. Hi Louise, great skirt! Sizing wise, in my sewing classes I often find pattern measurements are off! I never trust the measurements on the envelope except as a guide to buy fabric quantity, as they include huge amounts of ease - but then even the 'finished garment measurements' printed on the pattern for the Bust were 4cm out on a Burda pattern yesterday!

      So I will always measure each pattern piece now - then allow plenty for ease eg 7-10cm on the Bust on top of the body measures.

      Look forward to seeing the next incarnation of your skirt!
      Happy New year - Kat

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    3. Hi Louise, great skirt! Sizing wise, in my sewing classes I often find pattern measurements are off! I never trust the measurements on the envelope except as a guide to buy fabric quantity, as they include huge amounts of ease - but then even the 'finished garment measurements' printed on the pattern for the Bust were 4cm out on a Burda pattern yesterday!

      So I will always measure each pattern piece now - then allow plenty for ease eg 7-10cm on the Bust on top of the body measures.

      Look forward to seeing the next incarnation of your skirt!
      Happy New year - Kat

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    4. Oops! Sorry - no idea how I managed to post that twice. Kat

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    5. When commenting on blogs I often leave multiple comments! I will measure pattern pieces from now on!

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  6. It looks like a great goes-with-everything skirt, and it's always nice to have a simple project to fit in between the Christmas festivities!

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    1. Absolutely. I'm getting to ganised now!

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  7. Love your Playground photoshoot - fun and multi-tasking. The top- stitching is really effective. Happy New Year!

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    1. Spend my life in that flippin' playground!

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  8. Lovely, and totally bargainous! Picking a size when sewing is always an adventure and very much the reason members of my family keep getting lovely hand sewn garments that fit them better than they fit me!

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  9. This looks great, I love the buttons too. And what a great fabric haul! That's a shame about the sizing though, its so annoying when the pattern is so off like that.

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    1. The buttons are totally fab, from the 70s

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  10. That's so odd about the sizing. However, it looks great and particularly when worn with that gorgeous fair isle jumper of yours. Lovely outfit!

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  11. Looks great, I love the look of button down skirts. So annoying about the sizing though. Loads of folk seem to complain about excess ease in "Big 4" patterns which puts me off using them. What's the point of including measurements if they don't correspond with the size, grrr! Anyway, I was going to suggest measuring the flat pattern pieces but I see Sew In Brighton got there before me!

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