Given the recent pattern testing discussion online I'd like to note the following: Firstly, I love pattern testing for all the reasons I listed in this post. I sure as hell don't get paid to pattern test (wouldn't that be the dream!), other than with free access to the pattern being tested and the fun and valuable communication with the designer. When I pattern test I declare it as such and everything I say about the pattern is an honest representation of my opinion of the patterns. Finally, I made this skirt outside of the testing period, did not discuss it with Abby (owner/creator of Bluegingerdoll), and I have another one in the works. If anyone is wondering whether I really like this pattern then let that speak for itself!
The details: This is version C of the Bluegingerdoll Betsy Skirt, a highwaisted pin up style with a front V and a pleated accordion back vent. I cut a size 12 out of the absolutley stunning cotton sateen I won in a fabric giveaway put on by the lovely Neeno of Sew Me Love. Neeno intended the fabric to become a dress, but with such a loud print I really liked the idea of a fitted skirt to be paired with a neutral top.
The only change I ended up making to the skirt was to take in the side seams a further 1/4". I think the size 12 is a perfect fit in a non stretchy fabric but this has some real stretch to it and after wearing it all day I wonder whether I may need to take it in a little further. I hand stitched the hem and the waistband facing.