Soduko Contest: New Look 6312
I wanted to make Vogue 9132. I really wanted to make Vogue 9132. I studied the Pattern Review reviews, watched multiple YouTube videos on sewing tight curves, and made two muslins, but I just couldn’t make it work without crazy puckering. My plan was to make this out of a wool tweed and pleather, and I knew if couldn’t get the muslin to lay flat with way-too-much ironing, there was no hope for the pleather/wool combo. So, I gave up on Vogue 9132. How sad is that?
Enter New Look 6312. I read a few more Pattern Review reviews and gave it a try. I was committed to using a purple wool tweed that I bought from fashionfabricclub.com eons ago and this yummy purple pleather from Mood.
I was very worried that I would cut this fitted skirt too small, but at the same time I did not want to make another muslin (This was mistake #1–I should have made the muslin.) I studied the measurement directions as well as the ease listed on the pattern pieces. My hips measure 39″. The size 12 was listed as fitting a 36″ hip with a 3″ ease. I thought that would be too tight, so for some unknown reason I cut a size 16 (This was mistake #2–I should have made the muslin.) Why not cut a size 14, you might ask. Why not? Clearly, I wanted to make things much harder than they needed to be. Size 16 was too big–I ended up taking both side seams in 2 inches and the back seam in one inch. Then, because I thought I needed to add a little more challenge, I inserted on non-invisible zipper (i.e. visible) when I should have used an invisible zipper (This was mistake #3–I should have read the directions.) Ripping the visible zipper out of the tweed helped me to fully appreciate how much a wool tweed can fray. It also helped me appreciate the wonder of Fray Check. All of these totally avoidable errors made this skirt way more challenging than it needed to be.
I’m a BIG fan of this nightshade embossed pebble faux-leather. It was easy to sew and it has a really soft backing, so it’s super comfy.
I really do like the contrast panels on this skirt. In spite of my many errors, seam-ripping, and cursing, I like this pattern. It has the potential of going together very easily.
I wasn’t sure how to handle the hem with the pleather, so I coverstitched it. I think it worked.
Louise is a pleather fan.