Lander Pant in Japanese Cotton/Linen

I bought this Japanese cotton/linen lightweight canvas back in April from Stonemountain (now sadly sold out) and wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to make with it. A simple sheath dress seemed like the obvious choice, but I felt like this amazing print had more potential. I played around with the idea of a two-piece setacular with a mini skirt and crop top, but again it didn’t feel quite right to me. Then one day I was going through my stash and I held up the panel to evaluate it again and it hit me: pants! I posted about my revelation on Instagram and got some well-meaning replies that maybe I should make a sheath dress, but I was determined to make some crazy pants. And then a couple months later (my sewing queue is long and slow-moving), True Bias released the Lander Pant and it was like the stars aligned.

My Refashioners 2017 project was my first run with this pattern and of course I used a fabric that Kelli probably did not intend for the Landers to be made in (silk!). This Kokka fabric is closer to what the pattern recommends, though it’s still slightly lightweight. I was super fussy about my cutting in order to a) try to get things lined up across seams and b) not have a big red cloud right on my ass. It was tricky and I ended up having to piece the waistband, but that’s no big deal.

You may have noticed that I didn’t include the patch pockets on the front. This is partially because trying to pattern match those would have been a pain, and also because I wanted a sleeker look in the front. I created these little (actually a bit too little) pockets in the waistband seam. Can I call them welt pockets? All I know is that I wanted them to resemble Kamm pants a bit and I think I accomplished that! (At least with the pockets, ha.) I also left off the belt loops to keep with that sleeker look.

Love that accidental airplane fly (get it?)

Kelli is an amazing pattern drafter and the proportions of the Lander Pant are absolutely spot on. I graded from a 6 in the waist to a 10 in the hips and kept the length as drafted for the cropped pant. I was worried about the back pockets being too big and square, but I think they look pretty great actually. The only issue I have is that the waistband is totally straight, so I have some gaping in the back and sides. I should have caught this before cutting and next time I’ll draft a curved waistband.

Other things to note: I used a dark green thread for topstitching and the jeans buttons came from Stonemountain (they’re the brass ones here). For construction seams I used light grey thread, which seems to work for most of the colors in the print.

Let’s talk about this print for a second, because it’s kind of the star of the show. It’s called “Cinema,” which I don’t really get because there’s nothing movie-related in it. There’s an airport, a beach, and a carnival, but no movie theater. Go figure. I love the colors in this fabric, from the dark green night sky to the pale pink sand. There are actually daytime and greyscale versions as well, but I prefer this one. I find the illustration style so playful and charming, and I usually don’t like any prints with human figures.

In looking up this fabric just now I learned that the original art was created through Chigiri-e, which is a Japanese papercraft that traditionally used hand-dyed washi paper. Wow!

I think these Lander Pants might be my favorite make this year. Though I’ve never made or worn anything like this before, they feel completely me. I feel like sewing has really expanded my capacity to wear bright colors and prints. I actually don’t remember the last time I made something solid black (my Kochi Kimono doesn’t count because it’s two-toned) and this is the most fun my closet has ever been. I fully encourage everyone to try making a pair of wild pants, whether they’re fancy (velvet?!) or just kind of silly (grass pants!). Go for it!

I have plans for at least one more pair of Lander Pants in the nearish future and probably also some pattern hacking/mashing with the Lander as a base. It’s just an excellent, excellent pattern with tons of potential.

Perfect fit on the booty!

Reversible Wool Kochi Kimono

I bought the Kochi Kimono as soon as Papercut Patterns released it a few months ago and have been wanting to sew it up ever since. I finally got around to it when I realized that this double-faced wool blend remnant I picked up from Stonemountain would definitely not be enough for a Sapporo. It was the perfect amount for the Kochi, though!

The Kochi is a fairly simple pattern, but of course I made it a hundred times more difficult by making mine reversible. This wool blend is actually two thin layers tacked together, so I was able to take them apart and do fake flat-felled seams on the black “wrong” side. It’s not the neatest, but I actually prefer the camel side so the black side will probably hardly ever be shown!

I also hand-sewed the pockets on because it was impossible to top stitch evenly and accurately through all the layers. I only have one pocket per side because I got lazy, but I don’t mind. The reversibility means there’s a secret inner pocket that’s perfect for stashing my wallet.

The hems were finished by taking the layers apart 1-2″, folding in, and topstitching. For the collar band I fully took the layers apart, sewed them back right sides together along one side, and sandwiched the Kochi body in between the folded-in layers of the other side. I hope that makes sense!

Something to note about the sizing is that this thing runs BIG. I tried on a size small Kochi shortly before making this and it was a pretty good fit, so that was the size I went with when I was cutting this out (or so I thought). It turns out that I actually cut the second smallest size, which is XS! I think it fits well and I would not have wanted to go any larger. If I make another one in a less bulky fabric I may even go for the XXS.

I love how cozy and easy to wear this is. It’s really a jacket,but can also be worn like a warm sweater with just a tank top underneath. I’m not sure if I would wear it untied though. The bulkiness of the fabric makes the fronts lay a little weirdly. It would work better in a drapier fabric, I think.

I’ll definitely make the Kochi again. I love how this pattern would work well in so many different fabrics. No doubt I have plenty in my stash that would be great, but I’m really dreaming of one in this amazing Kokka Beberica cotton/linen canvas!

P.S. I don’t think I can take photos in front of this wall in the winter—the lighting makes it the exact same color as my skin!

Grainline Archer in Yarn-Dyed Voile

Like the fabric for my Seamwork Jane dress, I had my eye on this yarn-dyed voile for a while before I bought it. I knew right when I saw it that I wanted to make a Grainline Studio Archer shirt that played with the stripe direction in the different elements.

First, a bit about this fabric. It’s an amazingly light and slightly sheer 100% cotton voile. It must have been a designer end because it was only $9/yard, when usually voiles of this quality are $13+. I love that it’s yarn-dyed, which means that the stripe pattern comes from how it’s woven, not from printing. This makes cutting on grain a lot easier!

I had been wanting to try the Archer shirt pattern for a little while because I really like wearing slightly boxy and oversized button down shirts over leggings. I thought in this fabric it could be easily dressed up or down and would be a nice light sun cover in the summer.

I did a bunch of Archer googling before deciding on the size to cut out. It seemed like a lot of people had problems with the sleeves being too long and I didn’t see any versions where the cuffs sat how I would like them. I kind of hate any sleeves that go over my hands, so I decided to shorten them by 2″ and grade to a size 4 in the sleeve and cuff. I cut a size 8 for the body, which is pretty much exactly my size. I find that Grainline’s sizing is a bit on the large side, so I figured the 8 would be perfectly oversized.

The final modification I made was to change the cuffs to have tower plackets. I used this tutorial, which I found immensely helpful and now I love tower plackets! I was so pleased with how these came out with all the different stripes.

All the stripe directions!

Except…the sleeves and cuffs are still too freaking big! I’m pretty mad, because now I will never ever wear this shirt without the sleeves rolled up. Which means those pretty tower plackets will never show! I don’t think of myself as having short arms, but I guess I do? Or Grainline thinks people have really long arms? Next time I would shorten by another two or three inches and grade to a 0 at the cuff. And if I want a non-oversized shirt I would maybe have to make a 4, judging by how oversized the collar and shoulders are too. I don’t know how actually small people make Grainline patterns! And actually, these pictures were taken after this shirt accidentally went through the dryer, so it was originally even a big larger!

Despite all this, I really like this shirt. It was great to have while traveling as my slightly “nicer” dinner wear and it might be one of my more RTW-looking makes. I like how sheer and floaty this fabric is and because I French seamed the inside and burrito-ed the yoke, the guts are rather pretty too. And eventually I’ll get the fit right and have a shirt with sleeves that end snugly at my wrist bone.

I feel like a common theme of my blog posts is “I’m disappointed, but I still like the result!” which I think is pretty apt for how most of my sewing goes. It’s often a struggle, but usually in the end I’m still pretty happy with how things come out because of the time and care I’ve put into them. Do you ever feel the same way?

Sort-of Seamwork Jane

 

 

Working at a fabric store obviously means constant access to amazing fabrics that I desperately need. But if I gave in as often as I wanted to, I wouldn’t have a paycheck, so I have a system. When there’s a fabric I want, but I don’t have a specific project with a deadline in mind, I’ll wait on it. I’ll check the bolt every week or so, and when I see that it’s getting low I’ll scoop it up.

That’s what happened with this fantastically weird 100% cotton double knit. I had wanted it ever since I started working at Stonemountain, but I didn’t buy it until months later and it was down to less than 5 yards on the bolt. During that time I daydreamed about what I wanted to make it into and I settled on an out of the ordinary t-shirt dress to fit this out of the ordinary print.

I didn’t have a good t-shirt dress pattern, so I started with the Seamwork Jane pattern. I wish I had sized down more (I already went down one size, but Seamwork ease is out of control), because the shoulders are annoyingly too large. Not in a fun, oversized way, but just a slightly too big sort of way.

Other than the sizing issues that aren’t too terrible, this was a fairly easy sew. Just kidding, this was kind of a nightmare! Since I was making things up as I went along, I had to redo the ties a few times to get the position right. And I had to take it in in the hips, which meant double the stripe matching. And I broke two twin needles on this dress! One time was completely my fault (remember to switch out of zig-zag stitch when you use a twin needle, folks!), but the other was just because this knit is super thick and topstitching the neckline was too much for my machine.

Despite all these troubles, I really like this dress. It’s super comfy and the ties/busy print are a nice distraction for those big lunch days. I brought it to Oaxaca/Peru but ended up only wearing it once because it was too hot for Oaxaca and too cold for Peru. Oh well, it’s perfect for temperate Berkeley.

My coworker actually bought this same fabric and made the Deer & Doe Zephyr Skirt out of it. We’ve only accidentally matched once so far, but it’s funny to see how the same fabric can be used by two people with completely different style!

A Traveling Toddler Backpack

You know Lladybird, right? If you’re reading my blog in my tiny corner of the internet then you probably know about the hilarious sewing extraordinaire that is Lauren. She was one of the first sewing bloggers I got into and I basically credit her for my realization that sewing is cool and people who sew are cool too. Last year she posted about a backpack she made for her trip to Egypt and I decided that I needed to have a perfect mini backpack too. Of course, it wasn’t until over a year later when I was planning my own big trip to Oaxaca and Peru that I actually got down to making it.

Like Lauren, I started out with the Made by Rae Toddler Backpack pattern. And like Lauren, I sized up for the “school-aged child”. And like Lauren (see a theme here?), I added some extra pockets for more convenient stuff-carrying. Mine doesn’t have as many pockets as hers, but I absolutely had to copy the little secret passport pocket in the back.

I’m so pleased with this print placement and secret pocket!

I agonized over the fabric and notions choices for way longer than it took to make the backpack. Actually, I knew pretty quickly what outer fabric I wanted—Wonder World linen/cotton canvas by Nani Iro. But what lining? What piping? What color straps and webbing? And what zippers?

I initially wanted yellow zippers for the whole thing. But I also wanted metal zippers for sturdiness, and finding yellow metal zippers is really difficult. I had heard that it was possible to dye nylon with acid dyes, so I bought white zippers and decided to give it a go. And it was…pretty disappointing. Instead of turning yellow, the zipper tape took hardly any dye at all and just turned an unpleasant greige. I was annoyed, but I knew it was an experiment so I wasn’t too upset. I figured I could just overdye them with black and have grey zippers that match the main fabric. Which is what I ended up with and I’m actually very happy with them! But lemme tell you—those zippers sat in a bucket of highly concentrated black acid dye for about 6 hours and they’re only light/medium grey. So don’t try to accurately dye zippers, y’all.

Love that lil donut zip pull!

I went with one of my favorite Kona colors, Pickle, for the main lining and the pocket linings, and did yellow accents with the back zipper and webbing. It was coming together!

And then there was the piping. I found this great grey denim-like piping at Stonemountain, but it was just short of the three yards I needed. And it would take about 4 weeks for a new order to arrive, of course. I didn’t want to mess around with trying to make my own since I was on a deadline, so I turned to the internet. Do you know how hard it is to find grey piping? I finally found an Etsy store that did custom Kona piping and I ordered the charcoal. It arrived…and it sucked! Super loose, uneven stitching with non-matching thread and the piping cord they used was weird, squishy batting-like stuff. But I was out of time and I had to work with it.

So in the end, everything but the metal zippers and piping came from Stonemountain. Zippers are from Zipit Zippers and piping is from Craft Supplies and Kits (but purchase at your own risk!).

Constructing this was pretty straight forward since my pocket additions were really simple. Probably a quarter of the time was spent fussy cutting the pieces! It was a BEAST to sew, though. My machine was not happy with all those layers and I was really wrestling with it around the bottom panel. Because of that, the stitching around the bottom edges is not the best, but it will hold together (hopefully!).

I finished it a few days before our trip and it was my go-to day bag throughout our travels. Though it’s little, it can hold a lot! I easily fit my iPad, my boyfriend’s Kindle, two water bottles, snacks, a scarf, and all the other random stuff I carry around. It even made it to the top of Montana Machu Picchu with me! And now that we’re back it’s become my go-to bag for work and weekend adventures.

Machu Picchu looks so tiny when you’re 2,000 feet above it!

It’s funny, but I think this is the only thing that I’ve made that gets regularly commented on by men! They’re always super impressed when I say I made it and then of course they’re like, “You should sell them!” And then I try to explain that it would be a $200 mini backpack and they get a confused/incredulous look on their face. You know what I’m talking about, I’m sure!

Anyway, this backpack makes me super happy and I love that I’ve made something so dang useful!

Refashioners 2017: Suits You / Two-Piece Silk Setacular

When Portia Lawrie first announced this year’s Refashioners challenge, I wasn’t planning on joining in. But then the blogger posts started popping up and there were so many beautiful and creative makes like Toya’s and Allie’s that I couldn’t help but be inspired. (Portia is sneakily smart about how the challenge rolls out I think!) It was Beth’s gorgeous shift dress that really got me thinking that I wanted to give the whole Refashioners thing a try.

Initially I had a plan for a cool wrap skirt with D-rings and some kind of fitted top or jacket—but of course all that went out the window when I went to actually find a suit. I really wanted a wool suit in a somewhat unusual color or pattern, but everything I found was grey, black, or too small to use. I checked out the women’s suits and found a much bigger range of colors, but it was really difficult to find a full suit set. I was ready to give up and decided to give it a last look, but then I found this 100% silk large skirt suit with shell buttons. I absolutely love sueded silk and shell buttons are my number one favorite buttons, so it was meant to be! But the skirt was a wrap skirt—great for the amount of fabric, but not great for my plans. I didn’t want to make a wrap skirt that came from a wrap skirt, so I needed a new idea.

The original suit. Please excuse my weird face!

Around this time I started watching The Deuce on HBO, which is about pimps, sex workers, and pornography in 1970s New York. It’s a great show for many reasons, but I absolutely love the costume design. I was really intrigued by the tiny button-up shorts that Maggie Gyllenhaal often wears, so I did some Etsy searching and found several examples of these shorts (or hot pants, really). To round off the 70s-inspired look I decided to pair my shorts with a blousey off-shoulder crop top.

To make the shorts I started with the Lander Pant/Shorts pattern by True Bias. Right away I eliminated the waistband, increased the rise to make up for it, and drafted facing pieces for the two fronts and the back. I tried to figure out a way I could combine the fly and front waistband facings, but it was too much of a puzzle for me at the time. I also shortened the hem by an inch and a half and graded from an 6 in the waist to a 10 in the hips.

I knew that I wanted to use the entire skirt to get the blousiest top possible, so I was left with the jacket for the shorts. A nice thing is that the jacket fronts were mirror images, so I was able to get everything to fit and match each other. The princess seaming on the back of the jacket ended up on my butt, which is a detail I actually like.

Probably unpicking everything took the same amount of time as sewing it back together. What took the longest was getting all that interfacing off the front of the jacket! When I got down to sewing the shorts came together really nicely and the top was a breeze. Everything fit pretty much exactly how I wanted it to, which was lucky because I didn’t do a muslin (oops). I trusted Kelli’s drafting on the Lander Pant and I’m really excited to make them in a more traditional fabric. (and by that I mean an actual bottomweight…I’m going to make them in a crazy Japanese panel print, of course)

I’m super super happy with how this came out! I feel like I challenged myself with the fabric and pattern choice (I had never sewn a fly front before!), but I think it all worked out beautifully. I’m sad that it’s now pretty cold (last week it was 85°, boo) and I can’t wear the shorts out, but I wore the top to work today and felt super cute. I know that both will be a welcome addition to my wardrobe.

In the end, the only parts that didn’t come from the original suit were thread and a little bit of interfacing. I still have all the nylon lining left over, a few buttons, and the shoulder pads, but no useable silk pieces are left from the suit. Not bad, right?

What do you think of refashioning and the Refashioners challenge? I used to be a huge thrift store shopper but since sewing I haven’t been doing any clothes shopping (shoes are another story…). I had a lot of fun with this project, but I think I need to work through more of my stash before I start combing thrift stores for more fabric!

 

Linen Jacket / Stretch and Sew 1007

At my previous job, one of my coworkers often wore an amazing cobalt blue linen jacket that belonged to her mom. I loved how effortlessly cool it looked and decided I needed to make something similar. I found the perfect pattern on Etsy by a vintage company called Stretch and Sew. As the name suggests, this pattern calls for woven or knit fabrics with 25% (or less) stretch. Which I ignored, of course, and went with this linen blend fabric I had on hand (I think I bought it for a Highlands Wrap Dress?). I also ignored the baffling instructions that say to stretch out the fabric as you sew…why???

The only modification I made was to lengthen the body slightly. I also went down a few sizes because I didn’t want much of an oversized fit. It wouldn’t button if it had closures, but I think it’s a nice fit for a jacket that’s meant to be worn open.

In the same week that I finished this back in July, I went on a short work trip to Joshua Tree that involved very long, very hot days. I’m extremely sensitive to the sun (pale problems), so I actually wore this jacket constantly. It was great! I was protected from the sun and still looked decently professional. Don’t ask me why I’m crouching so weirdly in the photo below though.

This is the perfect travel jacket and it has really become a staple in my wardrobe. I love the big patch pockets and the satisfying weight of this linen/rayon blend. I’d love to make another in a bright colored linen—maybe red or a great bold blue like my former coworker’s jacket? I’m thinking a longer one that’s slightly bigger with a tie belt would be fantastic.

Cropped and Boxy Melilot Shirt

 

I’ve already posted about my two other Deer and Doe Melilot shirts, but I made some mods for this one so I think it’s worth posting about. Also this fabric deserves some photos, right? I’m sure you all recognize it from the Colette Penny dress—it’s the “Tropical Stems” cotton lawn from Fabric Godmother. I threw a meter of this in my order for different fabric a couple months ago because I couldn’t resist it and I thought it would be perfect as a Melilot shirt.

Since I only got a meter, I knew I would have to crop the length (fine by me, because I love cropped tops) and I decided to go up a couple sizes to get a more boxy fit. The Melilot has fairly curved side seams so I also straightened those out a bit. I could have made them completely straight, and maybe I should have, but I don’t mind the slight curve in the sides. I do kind of wish that I had changed the collar to pointed rather than the pattern’s round ends, but that’s alright.

This fabric is a dream to sew and feels great to wear; it’s super lightweight and floaty, but still holds a press really well. The instructions are great and I’ve made this twice before so the construction was going well—until I got to the buttonholes. Something was going on with my machine and the tension was just fucked. The bobbin side of the buttonholes looked great, but the top was a horrible mess. I did them all, thinking that the next one would be better, but it never got better. So I gave up and was ready to toss my machine out the window and get a new one (I was actually looking at reviews for machines I could get with 2 day shipping on Amazon). But the next day I decided to try one more time—and it was fine!

So it was a lesson in knowing when to take a break and give my machine a rest, as well as a lesson in ripping out seven buttonholes and redoing them without an automatic buttonholer.

But now it looks lovely, especially with these great pink shell buttons I got from Britex in San Francisco. I actually spent a good amount of time deciding on button placement, because I think it really makes a difference in how a shirt is worn and styled. With this Melilot I was planning on always wearing it a little unbuttoned, so I needed one of the buttons to be at the perfect position for that (a bit of casual décolletage, y’know?) and the rest of the buttons needed to follow proportionately. I never use a pattern’s button placement because I think it’s important to determine where they should go based on your own body (no gaping!) and how you’re going to wear it.

Also, if you watch Seinfeld you know how important button placement is!

I also have a thing about shirt pockets because I hate when they’re basically boob covers, so I always place mine a little higher. Love that sewing supports quirky little personal preferences like that!

Linen Jumpsuit from Kwik Sew K3389

Jumpsuits have definitely been having A Moment for the past couple of years, thanks in part to the minimal cool-girl style of brands like Ilana Kohn, Black Crane and Horses Atelier. I’ve always liked jumpsuits, but never tried them out because I didn’t think they would look good on my curvy and definitely non-statuesque figure. Thankfully, I realized that I was being stupid and I should just make what I want!

“Jumpsuit” covers a lot of ground, from totally baggy and sack-like (see the afore-mentioned Ilana Kohn) to super form-fitting and tailored, with all kinds of other details that make them all totally unique. I wanted something that was more like a flight suit or mechanic’s coveralls, very workwear inspired. I couldn’t find a pattern that fit my vision (McCall’s M7330 is close, but I didn’t like the waistband/fly situation), so I decided to start with Kwik Sew K3389—a true coveralls pattern. Perfect, except that it’s a men’s pattern!

 

I started with the smallest size, which actually wasn’t a bad match for my hip measurement. The first modification I did was to remove the extra opening near the side pockets that gives the wearer access to the pants he would be wearing underneath. Since I wouldn’t be wearing these as coveralls, I didn’t want any easy access to my underwear! I wish I could give exact directions on how I got the rest of the garment to fit, but it was really just a lot of pinning, taking in the sides, and raising up the waistband by a good 3 inches. The chest pockets from the original pattern became the back pockets and I used snaps instead of a zipper in the front.

I’m incredibly happy with how this turned out! The booty and hip area fits amazingly well considering that I didn’t know what I was doing and I think the good fit there makes the overall slouchiness a bit less sloppy-looking. The linen is European 100% Linen in charcoal grey from Fabric.com. I bought a bunch of this stuff a while ago and I’m glad I waited to make it into something, because it was perfect for this project. It’s nice and soft after washing, but still has a little weight to make it appropriate for bottoms.

I get a ton of compliments whenever I wear this and it makes me feel really cool. It also satisfies my butch/femme balance because I can dress it up with a scarf and heels like here or wear it with my beat-up Converse and feel like I’m off to go paint a house or change the oil in a car. (haha, as if I know how to do that!!) It also has further proven that Sewing is Magic because I didn’t think I would look good in something like this and probably would have never bought a RTW jumpsuit like this (also because they’re like $400 lol) but I think I look pretty damn good ok!

Speaking of jumpsuits, have you seen the new one by In the Folds for Peppermint Magazine? It’s totally dreamy and I think I’m going to have to make one. And it might have to be made out of my photo backdrop! It’s a super lush silk hand-dyed by my amazing friend Ailee (of this dyeing adventure). Wouldn’t it look beautiful as a jumpsuit?

Where do you stand on jumpsuits? I love that I can get dressed in one garment, but I hate that I have to basically get completely undressed to pee!

From Flora Dress to Vogue V1247 Skirt

About a year and a half ago I visited Japan and of course made a stop at Nippori Fabric Town. I was fairly new to sewing, but fabric addiction hit me early so I came back with a suitcase half full of purchases from Tomato. One of the pieces I picked up was this medium-heavy weight linen blend (I think) with wide stripes in beautiful muted colors. For some reason, I decided this thick fabric would be great for a sundress. I picked the Flora Dress from By Hand London, did a botched FBA and foolishly made a gathered skirt. I wore it maybe three times because it was too hot, the invisible zip was uneven, and the bust did not look good. So it sat languishing in my closet and I mourned the loss of the fabric to such unskilled sewing.

Apologies for the grainy photo!

But a year later, I realized that the gathered skirt was not such a bad decision at all, because it meant that I had a big rectangle of fabric ready to be reused! I had already made the famed (and unfortunately out of print) Rachel Comey Vogue 1247 skirt once in some denim also from Japan and it turned out great, so I decided to make another at the expense of my terrible Flora Dress attempt.

By the grace of the sewing gods, I actually had enough in the skirt and my leftover scraps to manage fairly decent pattern matching across the front and back yokes. I didn’t get so lucky with the waistband, but I don’t mind. On my first V1247 I just serged the insides, but on this one I decided to go along with the pattern instructions and bind everything in bias binding. Handmade bias binding. I regretted that one pretty quickly and it’s not my finest work, but it does make for nice garment guts. I used the same Alison Glass batik fabric for the pocket lining and most of the binding, and then switched to another Alison Glass batik for the hem when I ran out of the first one.

 

The only pattern adjustment I made was to lengthen the skirt by three inches because as drafted it’s extremely short! Luckily I knew that ahead of time from the many, many other sewing bloggers who have made this skirt before me.

As all of those other sewists have said, this skirt is amazing and the pockets are genius. If you can get your hands on the V1247 pattern you definitely should! My pattern is actually traced from a friend’s, but I would love to get my mitts on the actual thing. But since it’s going for $75 on eBay right now (!!!), I doubt that’s going to happen and I should probably just spend some time tracing mine onto sturdier pattern paper.