Vogue V1486 Skirt in Cobalt Embossed Scuba

Hello chums,

Hope you are having fantastic sunny weather wherever you are. We have been having beautifully sunny days. The downside is how much time I have to spend watering the garden at home and going to the allotment to water the vegetables there. It took only 1 full on hot day without watering for my swiss chard and spinach to bolt. Anyhow I am not here to talk gardening woes; I am here to share my muslin for the V1486 skirt I entered into the Pattern Review comp in June (the post is here).

As mentioned before the dramatic flare of this skirt was quite attractive for me. I must admit that when I made this muslin up I was very annoyed at myself. Truly I could have easily drafted this pattern myself. Its a simple A line shape with a straight waistband. Lesson learnt – in future I will be more restrained and buy patterns that I am not able to easily draft myself.

I didnt put any pockets on this one. I barely had enough fabric to do so. Because of the insufficient fabric I also had to reduce the sizes of the pleats on the lower skirt. So it has less drama that the subsequent one.

The pattern calls for an exposed zip but I went with an invisible zip. The embossed scuba is so distinctive and quite a feature in itself I felt that an exposed zip would only clutter it up too much. I didn’t hem it as per instructions.

Size wise I traced a 10 based on the finished garment measurements (I am normally a 12 on Vogue patterns). I did this because the scuba has some stretch in it. I could have gone tighter but that would mean you miss out on the embossed detail.

A note on the pictures….in hindsight looking at these pictures I didnt do a great job of styling this skirt. I had a bee in my bonnet about pairing it with a nautical stripe top but the only stripe top I have in my self drafted tee made way back in 2014. Its too baggy and doesn’t quite do the skirt justice. It needs a body hugging top to really bring out the shape. I did a better job when I wore it later as shown with my Instagram outfit of the day post right at the end.May bank holiday weekend 255May bank holiday weekend 257May bank holiday weekend 289May bank holiday weekend 582Fotor_146594103626662

I am not done with this skirt yet – I still want to make it in some African wax print.

As always thank you for stopping by! Until next time Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,



15 thoughts on “Vogue V1486 Skirt in Cobalt Embossed Scuba

  1. Beautiful skirt! I’m agreeing with others – I can’t wait to see the African wax print…the drape should be striking! Do you know how to soften a wax print? A single pre-wash doesn’t seem to do it.

    I still haven’t tackled my fear of knits, but purchased your beloved Renfrew pattern. Wish me luck!

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    1. I am not sure about how to soften it. I have washed mine and it got quite nice and soft. You should go for the Renfrew you will love it I promise 🙂


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