Added May 12, 2008
Los Angeles, Cal...
Kasia Skirt in horizontal stripes. I love the design of this skirt, the high waist, sailor style buttons and front pockets. I did however encounter a few surprises during construction.
A few notes on the pattern:
The front and back feature gathered inserts (referred to as yokes). The pattern has asterisks to show where to make the gathers but I couldn’t find matching points on the skirt for proper placement. I was also confused by a number of instructions, particularly number 7.
Be aware that the skirt requires a zipper at least 10 inches long. I had expected to a standard 7 inch but the high waist really needs a longer zipper.
The pattern is very, very close fitting. I’m between just barely (1/4 inch) larger than a size 40 so that’s what I cut. I had to let out the side and back seams as far as they’d go to make sure I’d be able to sit comfortably. For safety’s sake, cut larger than you need. However, if you use fabric with a slight stretch it might be a perfect fit. If you plan on making any size adjustments at the center back, I recommend cutting two pieces for the center back waistband. In the pattern, the center back waist is cut on the fold. Add a seam allowance to the folded edge and you’ll be able to adjust the size more easily.
Cotton, buttons, 10-14" zipper