Here is Vogue's 1247 skirt. This is the best fitting zippered skirt I have ever made. I especially like the unique front pockets. All seams are encased in a bias binding made from lining fabric. It is a little extra work and time, however, I love the neatness it creates.
The skirt is a mini, but I am not very tall and did not make any length alteration. I sewed a very narrow hem.
It did take me a little time (ripping out of stitches--LOL) to get the seam to line up perfectly when I put in my invisible zipper. I highly recommend basting this first unless you are experienced at lining up seams.
I am really happy with my fabric choice. I used a 6.5 oz Kaufman charcoal denim that I purchased through Fabric.com. It is so light weight and soft against my skin. I will definitely be making this skirt again in other colors. I made this in a size 10.
I did attempt the blouse included in this pattern. However, I did not purchase a good print for the way the shirt was designed. I got a beautiful geometric fabric, but it was directional. So, when I assembled the shirt, which has many seams (beautiful design), it made the print look mismatched! I definitely want to make this top one day. When I do, I will bring up the neckline as well; it would have been too low on me to wear without another garment underneath.
One of my girls had a growth spurt, so now I need to order about 5 yards of various colored fabric to make her some more Crafty Mamas funky pants. The more you make of one pattern, the easier it becomes to make those "staple" wardrobe items. I'd really like to find some RTW pants for her, but so far I have had no luck with that. Everything, to her, is scratchy and uncomfortable. Thank heavens for cotton spandex fabric.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley