As you saw/read on Tuesday if you follow my blog I wanted a pencil skirt to go with my polka dot peplum cardigan (M6844). I thought the two pieces would go great together to give a faux dress or suit look. And I knew they would work great separately paired with a bold color-like red, blue or pink- or with a black or white as a monochromatic look.
I also love pencil skirts especially in winter paired with cute pumps and patterned tights or paired with knee boots. Since I knew I would make a few for this fall/winter I figured I’d start with this simple pattern. New Look 6230 is designed for a woven fabric so I sized it down to a 12 to create negative ease to make for a fitted look.
I first made this skirt with a really stretchy striped knit I’ve had in my stash for a while. I had right at a yard and the pattern called for 1-1/8 yard. The only thing I couldn’t fit was the back side of the waistband so I cut that out of basic black. Since the striped knit was so stretchy I omitted the zipper and the back vent. Oh I also slightly pegged the bottom.
Since my wearable muslin turned out pretty good. I decided to use it for my polka dot version. Since this ponte was thicker than the striped knit I kept the zipper and the vent. Turned out I did not need the zipper as it still could be pulled on and off without unzipping it. Actually after a day of wear my waistband stretched considerable despite being interfaced. SIGH I think it was the fabric, it doesn’t have great recovery. Looks like I will remove the zipper, shortened the waistband, take in the skirt a tad at the waist and reattach the waistband with elastic encased to keep the fit. I sure hope the rest of the skirt doesn’t stretch out of shape.
New Look 6230 Review
Pattern Description: Knit baseball shirt has feminine fit, can be made with banded round or V-neck & 3/4 or long sleeves. Skirt worn 1″ below waist has side zipper; flared skirt is knee length, pencil skirt just below knee length.
Pattern Sizing: 4-16
Difficulty: 1/Newbie maybe 2/Beginner if you use the zipper
Fit: 3/Average I had to take it in a tad at the waist and peg at the bottom
Fabric Used: Mystery striped knit from Hancock’s flat fold table and B&W Polka Dot ponte knit from Hancock
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes I completed view D
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t follow them but the were straight forward
Likes: simple pattern, few pieces, quick sew
Dislikes: Side zip (i’m just used to back zippers),
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: I ommited the zipper since I was using a stretch knit and for one I omitted the vent
Would I sew it again? I’ve already made two so I doubt it. I think in the future I will draft my one pencil skirt pattern. I may try with a woven fabric.
Would I recommend it to others? Yes it is a simple pattern that produced good results
Conclusion:I liked it
Total Cost: $6.94/$12.98
Knit fabric 1yd @ $3.95 = $3.95
Ponte knit 1yd @ $9.99 = $9.99