Let me start by saying this pattern is awesome. It’s well drafted, and a perfect beginner knit pattern. However, it just didn’t work for my body shape. I have a full tummy and no hips to speak of, so I had to slash and spread the stomach area to add more fabric, because it sucked in very tightly under my gut (but fit well everywhere else). I tried on my muslin, cut a slash up the tight areas (tummy), and measured how much more ease I would need to make the skirt fit better. I then added that amount onto the paper pattern. Unfortunately I just don’t think it’s the most flattering of shapes on me no matter how much I love it on others. You always hear how the pencil skirt is a good investment for plus sized women, but I have yet to find one that works really well with my apple shape.
Still it was the first time I’ve seriously worked with knits, and good practice! I’m really looking forward to attempting the Moneta, which is more in my shape comfort zone.
I changed the pattern by the slash and spreading method mentioned above and got rid of the kick pleat as it caused the ponte to not lay flat. I then added the extra ease onto the pattern. I’d probably like the pattern more if I made it more of an A-line shape. If you’ve got hips, or an hourglass figure this would look amazing on you. Fun fact, my grandmother never had any hips either, and she padded them out in the 1940’s to get a better silhouette for that time period.
It took maybe thirty minutes to sew, not counting cutting, and threading my serger; which may have taken the longest amount of time. Totally an instant gratification type of pattern.
Anyone else coming to terms with the fact that certain types of clothing don’t work with their figure? What pencil skirt patterns would you recommend for apple shapes?