I don’t often know a pattern’s number off by heart but in this case I do, and it seems, so do most of you.
After The Jacket was eventually finished I made myself a little V1247 skirt with the leftover fabric and the pattern has stayed in the sewing room ever since. Actually, I’ve just made another 3 skirts. Each a little different from the last.
I love those slouchy front pockets: I love the subtle fitting of yoke to body and shaping across the hips: I love that you can make it any length you want very, very easily: I love it ’cause it can be dressy or relaxed, or as you will see below – even a little fun: I love that I can cut straight from pattern, sew and wear – no alterations or danger areas.
I only ever wear my V1247s in the autumn/winter. Showing off my lily white & cellulite speckled thighs in summer is just not on, so I always wear mine with opaque coloured tights and usually with boots. I feel much more comfortable with this styling and the unsuspecting public are not traumatised. The only problem with this look is the static electricity that builds up between skirt and tights: I am continually pulling the skirt down or straightening it out or fiddling with it in one way or another. The solution, of course, is simple, line the skirt. Then it merely glides over bestockinged legs and feels much more substantial when wearing too. Oh the hassle of lining, I hear you cry! Nay, my friends. Follow the easy steps below and you too can wear your V1247s with tights and never have to worry about skirt riding up syndrome.
I had previously made a navy twill V1247 (without lining) and I gave it away. I missed the navy version – so versatile. I found a bit of navy wool crepe in the box; I suspect left over from the gym slip dress and managed to get this one made. As always, lengthened way more than the original pattern: this one is lengthened by about 5″. This is easy to do, as you cut the lower skirt bits longer.
Not content with these two new skirts I raked up a bit more poly suiting and started manipulating the pattern.
First up the straight/pencil skirt version.
Lined in the same way as the navy. This one falls just below my knee. I straightened out the slight A-line of the lower skirt front and back pieces, matching the hip width to the hem width.
I was now becoming a little bored of ‘winter skirt colours’. So ventured off into embellishment land.
I suscribe to an online fabric retailer Chrysallis and every quarter I receive samples of the season’s latest fabrics. It’s good to feel and touch the fabrics before buying and testing the exact colours against existing clothes for co-ordination purposes. Having received three lots of samples, I now have a tonne of small 2″ squares and thought to put these to good use.
I selected a range of co-ordinating samples – pink/green – added in a few Linton tweed squares too and ironed all these to a lightweight fusible interfacing. !!Use a pressing cloth or the sticky stuff will get all over your iron!!!
These were then cut out from the interfacing, trimmed and set aside while I made another V1247 in another poly suiting.
This time I kept the A-line shape of the skirt but elongated the length to hit my knees. Here you can see how easy it is to lengthen this skirt – just draw a new length directly on the fabric. Bear in mind that the top of this skirt piece is at hip level and not waist.
And one of the best bits of this make was the piddly amount of leftover fabric …..
This one was lined as usual and then all the little samples of fabric were arranged around the hemline Boden-like and machine stitched in place.
This one looks great with knee length brown boots and and either a pink or green jumper on top to lighten the whole outfit – a little bit of colour on drab days.
Below, you can see the differences between all three skirts – flare and length.
Apologies for no modelling today as I’ve got a bug or something and I’m just happy to sit about wrapped in cosy cardigans and drink tea.
However, I’m not finished with V1247 yet… I have this sitting waiting to be cut out and toyed with. I bought it for the green but it looks just as good on the yellow side. Decisions, decisions and I haven’t decided how this one will be altered
October 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm
I love every version of this skirt that I see – I’m still on a self io send pattern buying ban but this one’s on my Christmas list! I love your sample embellishments on your skirt – really fab 🙂
October 22, 2013 at 8:16 am
You need this skirt pattern. I think you’ll need fabric too for Christmas so that you can make the skirt!
October 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm
It’s amazing how versatile V1247 is – both pieces are perfect for multiple makes. LOL about how your wear yours in the FW, and love your lined versions.
October 22, 2013 at 8:17 am
Thanks Tia. Time to take a look at the top and see what can be done with it….
October 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm
That’s lovely! Every time you wear this skirt, you shall have fun. It’s guaranteed.
I’m wearing my V1247 top right now (warm autumn days suit it!) and earlier I was wearing the skirt too but it was too thick and warm as it clung to my tights. No, I hadn’t lined it but now I know too next time!
October 22, 2013 at 8:18 am
Thanks Marianna – you just can’t help putting your hand into the pockets can you?
October 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm
This is a wonderful pattern. I’ve made one wonderful skirt from this pattern and a couple of dresses! Love your new skirts…makes me want to make a few more myself! You’ve got a couple of great new wardrobe pieces now!!!
October 22, 2013 at 8:19 am
OK , now you’re really going to have to tell us about the dresses Carolyn… Thanks.
October 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm
Oh, I love your skirts. I think they are creative, fun, and flirty…just perfect.
October 22, 2013 at 8:20 am
Easy to wear too, Monday – Sunday. Thanks Mary
October 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm
Oh what a great post! I love your skirts and the idea of adding fabric samples as trim is inspirational! I too have fabric club samples and I have every intention of stealing this tip!!!Lol.
October 22, 2013 at 8:21 am
You go right ahead Diana and have fun with samples – then tell us all what you’ve done!
October 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm
Wonderful skirts! I must be one of the few sewers on the planet who hasn’t bought this pattern. I think I may be able to adapt my basic skirt block to make one – I really do just need to get on with it!
October 22, 2013 at 8:22 am
You need the pockets. You might think you don’t but believe me – you do! When I wear any other skirt now, I’m still trying to put my hands in the non-existant pockets!
October 22, 2013 at 10:28 am
They look great – I just have to remember not to fill them with rubbish 😦
October 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm
I’ve been a little out of the loop lately so I knew nothing about this skirt – now that I do I may need to put it on my list – LOVE those pockets!
October 22, 2013 at 8:27 am
You’d look great in this skirt Jilly and you can add you own creative touches too.
October 22, 2013 at 12:24 am
Such a cute skirt, and yes I am on a first name basis with V1247 too! I love the top and the skirt, how often does that happen?
October 22, 2013 at 8:28 am
I know – a whole pattern – and it’s a favourite! Must be Vogue’s best seller. Thanks Elle
October 22, 2013 at 12:24 am
I have this pattern and one of these days I will get around to making it. Your post is very informative — thanks so much! I love all your versions:)
October 22, 2013 at 8:29 am
Right now Angela, right now – drop everything else and make yourself this skirt!
October 22, 2013 at 1:20 am
I like how you’ve lined this skirt. They both look very wearable as well as chic.
October 22, 2013 at 8:29 am
Thanks Velosewer – the lining makes all the difference.
October 22, 2013 at 2:14 am
What fun and it looks like you had a lot of fun with them as well. Hope you’re feeling better.
October 22, 2013 at 8:30 am
Thanks Rhonda. Those nasty bugs can knock you sideways.
October 22, 2013 at 6:58 am
Love all three of your new skirts. Great tip with the lining and I love how you have been so creative with this one pattern.
October 22, 2013 at 8:31 am
Thanks Jean. It was like a production line in the sewing room. I can now sew this skirt in 1.5 hrs and probably do it in my sleep too!
October 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm
Great skirts. Between the skirt and the blouse, this pattern has to be one of Vogue’s best of all time.
October 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm
I agree Coco. Thanks
October 23, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Clever ideas and super cool skirts! I have worked on skirts with a unique border where the shape, in your case, little squares, was duplicated in satin stitch outline the same size and then cut away to reveal the lining. Thank you for the great tutorial and photos!!!
October 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm
Now there’s another idea…….need fancy lining though?
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January 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm
I love your inventiveness Ruth! I just finished sewing this skirt for the first time and i am also in love with it. Thanks for all the ideas for my next version.
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