I needed something to wear for Christmas, and since shopping for myself is so frustrating these days, I pushed through the paucity of sewing time around here and "whipped up" a Mabel. Two, actually.
First up was a yellow ponte Mabel to wear in our family photos. I sewed Version 3, the same one I made last summer. I had to take that one in significantly after I made it. So this time I sewed a size L with a size M waistband. It ended up a smidge too tight. It looks OK on but I feel like a stuffed pepper in it. I did not end up wearing it for our family photos. I wore my first Mabel instead. Hopefully it will fit better soon!
Like my first Mabel, I feel like it makes me look a bit saddlebag-y. I actually don't consider saddlebags a problem area for myself in general, and I don't really see the problem in these photos, but in person it just jumps out at me. I have the same issue with my first Mabel - and I have a suspicion that this pattern just isn't a good shape for me.
So for my second skirt (because I was determined to make Mabel work), I modified the pattern a little. I cut the waistband and the top of the back skirt the same, but I angled the sides outward, starting at the notch at the widest point of the hip, and flaring it out 7/8" at the hem. I did the same thing on the outer pieces of the front skirt.
I used what turned out to be a really nice red ponte from JoAnn's. I will definitely buy more of their ponte (on sale or with a coupon).
I like the shape of this skirt a bit better, but it still screams "Saddlebags! Baggy baggy saddlebags!" at me when I look at myself in the mirror. I know, you are thinking, "I have no idea what she is talking about." I think my hands are hiding the problem in the photo. But my hands rarely hang at my sides in real life. I'm always holding a baby or corralling a small child or wiping a nose, etc.
All complaining aside, I do wear this skirt - I wore it for Christmas and now I wear it to church regularly. These photos were taken yesterday (you can see my photographers' reflection in the storm door) after church. I kept trying to tug down the Josephine blouse I was wearing with it - I seemed to want it to be about an inch longer. I think pairing it with a slightly lengthened Plantain might make me feel less self-conscious when I wear it.
Now I just need to find time to make another Plantain ;)