Monday, August 3, 2015

Late to the Mabel Party

I was on the fence about Colette's Mabel when it came out last year.  I liked the idea, but the modeled photos on the web site just weren't doing it for me.  Meg made a couple that I liked, at which time I added the pattern to my mental shopping list.  I didn't actually buy it until a couple of weeks ago when it was on sale for $10 at Fabric Mart.


I used a gray ponte with flocked back diamonds that I bought a year ago for $5/yard (also from Fabricmart - I seriously love that site).  I sewed the XL according to my current measurements.

It seemed to fit pretty well, but after a few hours' wear it had stretched out significantly.  Hate that.  The ponte felt like it had pretty good recovery so I figured the skirt was too big, size chart notwithstanding.  I took it apart and took in the waistband seams and the top of the skirt seams 5/8" inch for a total decrease of 2.5" around (basically the L size with an XL hip).  I tapered the seam to nothing about five inches down.  It fits better but still stretches out more than I'd like with wear.

  
As you can see, I photographed this skirt on a number of occasions.  I used my self-timer (reasonable), my husband (best quality photos but he stinks at looking critically at the clothes to make sure they aren't on crooked/have a flipped up hem/etc), my 5-year-old (use your imagination) and the old standby mirror shot.


As others have noted, the kick pleat does not behave well in knit fabric.  The ponte would not hold a press, so I edge-stitched the outer fold of the pleat.  It works but still is not perfect.



The skirt really doesn't need the pleat for purposes of wear but I like the idea of it, or something similar, to give the skirt a little flair.  I think I will definitely make another of these*, so I'll have to mull over what to do in back next time.


I did not notice until I uploaded these photos to the blog, that the skirt pulls in front, looking too small.  It doesn't feel too small at all, it feels comfy and snug, but maybe I will grade out the next one a little at the widest point of my hip.  Or maybe some of this baby weight will come off and I will have to resize :)

*Am I the only one who is always blogging that she will "definitely make another one" but then rarely does it?  I should go cut another Mabel right now to avoid making a liar of myself.

7 comments:

  1. I think it looks pretty great! I found this skirt to be really fabric dependent- my first Mabel has already been retired because it got irredeemably saggy within an hour, but my second one keeps its shape quite well. I would consider putting in elastic inside the waistband of my next Mabel to make sure that, even if it sags out, it stays up.

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    1. Thanks Meg. I do think elastic would help, though I really like the look of the waistband without it. As long as I could put it in without too much bunching at the waist.

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  2. I love it!! I have actually made three Mabels now, but only blogged one of them. I do tend to say I'll make another version of something but unless it's especially basic and awesome, I don't. This, however, is a rare exception. Like Meg, though, my second and third versions, I put some wide elastic inside the waistband to help it hold its shape better. My first Mabel stays on, but feels a bit insecure. The elastic versions are just as comfy but feel more secure. I use wide elastic and measure it to be just a smidge shorter than my waist measurement so it doesn't stretch that much while on, but provides just a bit of stability. I feel like it sits in a good place and holds me in a bit, rather than binding or bunching.

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    1. Thanks Inder! That is good to know about the elastic - I think I will do it next time the way you describe ... if there truly is a next time, ha ha.

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  3. Ha! You made me laugh about your comment about how each blogger promises to make more of the pattern but rarely does. That's me for sure. I just have so many patterns that i have and need to try them all to justify buying so many in the first place. :)
    Love the skirt! I've never seen it around the blogosphere but will keep my eye out from now on as I like how your turned out! Oh, and love love seeing Nico on your hip :) Such a cutie!

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    1. Thanks D! I hope you are sewing some these days - update your blog!!

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  4. That is so true - I think I will make another of something and then I guess it's pretty rare that I do! I think I want to make a pencil skirt.

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