For ease of construction, insert the zipper before sewing the entire crotch seam.
Photos: Jack Deutsch. Illustrations: Steven Fleck. Stylist: Jessica Saal. Styling credits: (p. 36) handbagAldoShoes.com, shoesDune London (DSW.com); (p. 37) handbagAldoShoes.com, shoesGucci (DSW.com).
Every pattern shown has been sewn and evaluated. We keep a close watch on fashion trends and select patterns that reflect the latest looks. Each one is then sent to a talented tester, who sews it in muslin to evaluate the proportions, style, and pattern instructions. Compiled by Anna Mazur
Flattering knit skirts are wardrobe essentials. These pull-on skirts have narrow, faced waist yokes with a concealed casing for elastic, and curved panels on the upper front and back. Choose a floor-length slight A-line with a narrow yoke, or a cocoon shape with a crossover front finished with a wide hem band. Either style can be finished with a gathered drape over the yoke, for a total of four views. All notches and match points line up perfectly. The instructions and illustrations are accurate and well done. Our tester says the A-line view could be made in an hour, and she says she admired the elastic-insertion technique. These skirts would travel well. Select lightweight knits with drape, such as silk jersey or rayon knits. (Sized Misses6-22 for hips 32.5-46 in.) Ë
Tested by Judy Nevins, Manchester, Connecticut
If double-stitching the seams, per the directions, trim the seam allowances to reduce bulk.
McCall’s 7133, jumpsuit or separates (McCall.com)
This jumpsuit is fitted through the bodice, waist, and hips, then flares to the ankle. As separates, the pieces are a cropped blouse and a wide-leg, full-length or calf-length pant. The jumpsuit bottom and the pants use the same pattern pieces. Details include an extended shoulder, a crossover bodice with a separate lapel, bust darts, topstitched inverted pleats in front, and seams along the back pant legs. The garments close with invisible zippers at center back. All edges are finished with narrow hems. This pattern was designed by Melissa Watson, daughter of famed sewing educator, author, and pattern designer Pati Palmer. The pattern has a youthful look combined with detailed fitting and sewing directions. Select a fabric with drape, such as challis or crepe.
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