Food and Fitness

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Where do I begin? I LOVE THIS SKIRT! I’ve definitely made pencil skirts before, but what drew me to this one is the idea that it would be custom to my body. In the past, I’ve had to make many adjustments for the waist or create a hip curve so it’s not just a straight skirt, fit and re-fit so that a simple skirt becomes a major project just to get the look I wanted. This tutorial teaches you how to create a CUSTOM pattern that essentially gets all of that right from the beginning. After having three babies in 6 years, my tummy doesn’t remember flat and there is little junk in this trunk but the customized pattern allowed me to adjust/compensate for that and make the perfect skirt for me.

 
 
I used this tutorial to create a custom pattern for this skirt.  The other cool thing is that should my measurements change, I can just create a new pattern and still get a great fitting skirt.

 

Pattern Description: High Waist Pencil Skirt
Pattern Sizing: You draft the pattern according to your measurements
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I have watched a lot of sewing/crafting videos over the years.  I continue to be impressed by Mimi’s teaching style as she walks you through every step and tells you why you’re doing what you’re doing in simple easy to understand terms.  Mimi has produced another winner. 
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  The tutorial is full of techniques and manages to give you all the information you would typically learn in a sewing 101 series yet presents it in a way that is so matter of fact and encouraging that you don’t even realize you’re learning intermediate techniques.   Pattern drafting, fitting, topstitching, edge stitching, the COOLEST, EASIEST invisible zipper insertion technique known to man (this alone makes the video worth the price) are just a few of the techniques you’ll learn in this tutorial. 
Fabric Used: Stretch Denim
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Not necessary since the pattern is custom
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Honestly, I don’t know what to be happier about, my perfect skirt, how much use I will get out of this pattern or the unlimited options that can be created using the basic skirt pattern. 
Conclusion:   This will be my TNT pencil skirt pattern



44 comments:

  1. Work it Kelly! I'll have to check out this pattern. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. You look AMAZING in that skirt! Bravo! But I don't know what course you are talking about. I want to take it , you made it sound so good.

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    1. Thanks for the info about the course. I plan to sign up Monday. I want a pencil skirt as nice as yours!

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  3. Very smart and curvy,you've inspired me to make a similar outfit:)

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    1. Thank you. I can't wait to see your interpretation

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  4. Oooohh, Hot Mama! You're looking so cute in the skirt:)

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  5. I agree with the others, you look AWESOME in this skirt. Definitely make this your TNT skirt because the fit is right on!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. I'm so inspired by your TNT creations.

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  6. Great skirt fit! You look amazing. Im checking out her page for the tutorial asap!

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  7. I L*VE the look and the fit is 2 snaps and a twist, LOL :)

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  8. Fabulous skirt - LOVE the little pocket. The whole outfit looks very sharp. Well done.

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  9. You look fantastic in that skirt and your shoe game is ON POINT!!! Mimi is the best, isn't she?!

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  10. Gone with the wind fabulous. .. twirl... lady... twirl.

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  11. I am with everyone ... Fabulous!

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  12. You really do look great in this skirt. I have been looking for nice stretch denim for my Mom with no luck, could you please share your source for this fabric?

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    1. This piece came from Fabric.com. I've great luck with them and Denver Fabrics for stretch denim.

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  13. Oh my, you look really fabulous in this skirt. I love how you styled it as well. As a bigger lady I am always very self confident about my stomach and try to hide everything and yet I look at other ladies and think how awesome they look and so put together. You have inspired me to do better.

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    1. Thank you, the way I see it, this is the body I have. Trying to camoflauge it only makes it look bigger and sloppy. I let my personality and tastes dictate my fashion choices. I believe I can pretty much wear anything I want as long as I can make adjustments for my body so that's what I do.

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  14. Thank you all so much for all the love. I really appreciate it.

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  15. Oh I agree with you, I love this skirt and your total look! Fabulous!

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  16. OMG!!! You look amazing!!! I know Mimi's instructions are dynamite. Just look at the results. Definitely a custom fit.

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  17. that skirt looks fantastic. love that side pocket detail.

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  18. Where can I get those gorgeous shoes?

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    1. I got them from Bakers shoes about a year ago.

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  19. You look fabulous! I think stretch denim is a great choice. You can dress it up or down.

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  20. Wow....you look so awesome in that skirt. Hmmmm...is this ok for a newbie sewer? Or is it too hard? Thanks!

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    1. The tutorial would be easy to follow for all sewing levels.

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  21. Hi Kelli: I love the skirt and u did a great job. How long have u been sewing? Looking forward to making a skirt. For the skirt did u just measure your waist and thats it.

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    1. Thank you! No, the tutorial I used has you take a series of measurements which help you draft a custom pattern for the skirt. I would definitely recommend it.

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  22. You did an excellent job with the skirt! By the way, the shoes are fab! Where can I purchase those shoes and what is the brand name? Thx :-)

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    1. Thank you! The shoes are by Wild Pair and I got them at Bakers Shoes about a year ago.

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  23. Kelly your skirt looks gorgeous on you and thanks to you I've signed up for this tutorial as well and if my skirt turns out looking half as good as yours does I'll be over the moon!! I too have a tummy and I haven't even had all the kids like you have... thanks to MimiG I've now found your blog too :)

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  24. One word.... Fabuloshus! (JA speak)

    *waving from the sunny isle*

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  25. Love the outfit, the shoes are amazing

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