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Vogue 1247 skirt

You may have glimpsed this skirt in last week’s “what I wore” mosaic.  It’s Vogue 1247.

Vogue 1247 skirt

This photo was taken at the end of the day, so it’s a little creased! This is quite a popular skirt on Pattern Review. Like pretty much everyone else, I lengthened it (around 3 or 4 inches, I think) and only took a tiny hem. I think that it would have been okay a little shorter though! The most intriguing feature of this pattern are the pockets.

Vogue 1247 skirt - front view

There they are, in the seam between the yoke and the bottom part of the skirt! I really like the way that they are inserted. I used some left over Kaffe Fassett voile to line them. I am also extremely proud of my invisible zip efforts in the back of this skirt, and that I managed to line up the yoke seams pretty much perfectly. I did use a hook and eye right at the top of the zip to keep it closed nicely.

Vogue 1247 skirt - check out that invisible zip & seam matching!

The fabric is stretch cotton drill that was languishing in stash. I used my overlocker to finish seams, rather than the binding suggested by the pattern. I also left off the waistband completely, although that wasn’t part of my original plan. I did the right thing by trying this skirt on as I went along. I’d cut out the size 12, which I though would be more than big enough around my hips, and figured that if I left out the darts that were in the yoke it would still fit my size 16 waist. When I tried it on, I had to sew up the darts as per the size 12 markings, then it fitted well. So I cut out the waistband at size 12, and wrapped it around me. There was absolutely NO WAY that it was going to go anywhere remotely near fitting me. I presume that the yoke would have needed quite a lot of easing to fit into the waistband. In the end I used bias binding to finish the top of the yoke. Which was a good solution for me really – I don’t especially like waistbands.

Vogue 1247 skirt

I stitched the hem down with a triple straight stitch, and will possible go back and do another two rows as a topstitching feature.  I recommend this pattern, and the next time that I make it (and there will be a next time – it’s already cut out) I’ll take it in a little more, and maybe sew it a fraction shorter. Because I made this one out of a stretch woven (as is the next) it does tend to give and bag out a little during wear. I’d also like to make the top that is in the same pattern.

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11 thoughts on “Vogue 1247 skirt

  1. The perfect work skirt! thank you for the review and bringing this pattern to my attention! I must have missed it when CMarie12 posted it last year. It looks great on you and your comment on the waistband is spot on! I dislike them too, so its good to know that binding it would work just as well.

  2. I love this skirt. But beyond the skirt, may I just tell you that I love how you approach fitting. I don’t know how to explain it, but you have helped me have a healthier acceptance of my own figure not conforming to standard proportions. It has always been a struggle for me to alter patterns — it feels like admitting that I am not built according to “the ideal”. I know this is silly, but I’m just saying that this is the counter-productive self-talk I’ve encumbered myself with for 40 years or so, and I am helped to see how you just alter where needed, no blood, sweat or tears about it!

  3. That skirt looks great, particularly with the top you chose. I would never have looked twice at that pattern in the catalog (it really activates my “not me” filter). But you’ve made it a wearable choice.

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