Back in April, I bought Simplicity 2226 at a pattern sale because I wanted to finally make a skirt I was happy with, and this pattern was part of the "Learn to Sew" collection (well yes, that is what I'd like to do thankyouverymuch).
Noodlehead hosted a sew-a-long of this exact pattern last November and that I could have found about a million examples of it on other blogs (along with trials, tribulations, and helpful hints). Oh well, I'm not a cheater (just kidding; that's not cheating, I'm just bitter at missing out!). I want to say though that these Learn to Sew patterns are really great for beginners such as myself because you really do learn quite a few new skills with each one (and hopefully you'll master at least one! If you put together the fractional amounts that I mastered of each skill, I probably mastered like 1 and a 1/2 skills!)
I used a Lisette floral cotton fabric because I made this in April and I thought it seemed very "springy." This fabric wrinkles more than an 80 year-old woman who spent 8 hours a day every day of her life laying out and smoking cigarettes. And drinking. Lots of drinking, but never water. That is how wrinkled this fabric gets just by my looking at it. It is comfortable though and very cool in the hot Texas weather.
I learned a few more things with this pattern, which is good seeing as I was promised that I would "learn to sew" with this pattern.
Pockets! I can put stuff in them! Like...my hands! (Have you ever noticed the abundance of patterns that are super pocket-happy? There are like formal ball gowns with secret pockets in the seams. Why?? I usually have a purse). I had some frustrating times with pockets on the purse I made, but these were actually pretty easy after I figured out some of the sewing terminology (i.e. pocket vs. pocket facing, yoke, carrier, etc. Just say what you mean! Why the code words? Is this a secret club? Am I cool because I know these secret code words?).
My first zipper! It is definitely far from perfect (I really didn't get the instructions that well, and now I am a total invisible zipper convert so I still don't know how to put one of these in), but it zips and keeps gravity from pants-ing (er, skirtsing?) me in public. Score! I ignored the hook and eye at the top because...I just did. I learned so many other things; I didn't want to push it. Do you believe that? Me either. I just didn't want to, ok!
This skirt started off a series of garments where I attempted to actually sew the size the pattern said I should. It should not have been a series of garments; it should have only been this one, but I never said I was one to learn my lesson quickly. Let's just say it was research and I was making sure that a 12 was too big through having more trials as proof.
Well...a 12 is too big. You can't tell (which is a good thing), but I can see my feet by pulling my skirt away from my body. I'd say it's like a good 3 to 4 inches out. It's probably meant to sit closer to my true waist, but it's definitely a low-rise skirt, which I can't say isn't comfortable, but it's definitely too big. Because it sits so low on my hips, I had to cut off a good 5 inches or so in length, and I could probably chop off some more but I want to be able to wear this to work.
All in all, I like it and it's a practical skirt that I've worn a few times. I'm sure I will continue to wear it in the future, but I might decide to make it shorter and not wear it to work; there is something about the length that I don't think I like now that I see it in pictures. Hmmm...