Well, I’ve jumped on the Rachel Comey bandwagon with this skirt, mostly because the interesting pockets were very similar to those throughout the SS Chanel couture show. I made the skirt out of the same brown linen of my latest pair of trousers and underlined it with cotton voile. I’m liking the underlining with the linen instead of lining it. It hangs and wears so much better than just a with a slippery lining underneath it. The voile did add a little bit of heft to the linen, which I was concerned would possibly make it hotter to wear in heat and humidity, but after wearing it today, I can say it made no difference to the comfort factor. I was actually more confident wearing this underlined skirt because I felt that it was holding it’s shape and staying as crisp as underlined linen can.
The pattern sews up very quickly, although all the bound seams take a while to do. It does look nice on the inside, though! Here are the front pockets. I really don’t think I’ll be standing around with my hands in them, though.They’re placed so that if I did have one hand in it’s respective pocket, it may look a little odd.
Here’s the back zip. I was a bit concerned about the bulkiness of the bound voile/linen yoke seams, but the invisible zip went in just fine. And I really like the waistband. It’s probably 1 1/2 inches wide, which I think is perfect. It sits at my natural waist, so the yoke seams sit exactly at my hip, which I also wondered at, since accentuating my hips is not something I really like to do. But it’s not noticeable, and doesn’t add any bulk. And I’m very in love with this linen. It’s just divine.Even the hemline was bound with bias. The binding was very time consuming, but the end result made it all worth it. I love finishing details like this in a garment.
And I lengthened the skirt by a full 8 inches to get this length. I’m a little shy of wearing 15 inch long skirts.
Conclusion? It’s a cute little skirt, but I think I love it so much because of my fabric choice and all the finishing that went into the construction. It’s A-line, but I may prefer straight or pencil skirts on me. The bonus of the A-line is that I can carry on with my daily business with ease of movement.
15 thoughts on “Rachel Comey Skirt: Vogue 1247”
i agree with everyone above, this skirt looks really expensive, fantastic job! good to know underlining is the way to go with linen, i love how cool linen feels wearing it and really hate all the wrinkles!
I’ve just taken a moment to read blogs before cutting out this pattern! How timely! Love your version…I’ll be adding length to mine too..might peg it in a tad. I like pencil skirts better on me too, though I think the Aline looks just fine on you.
8″ Wow, yeah, even I would be adding length to that skirt. Usually I’m cutting off length because I’m short. Love the skirt, that’s going to be a real workhorse in your summer wardrobe in a very neutral but not boring colour.
I agree with all the above – it looks fab and definitely a wearable one. Why do you feel A lines aren’t good on you? This one certainly is.
I just think (funny what we think!) that it helps me look a little wider than I really am!! 😉
I love every version of this skirt I have seen in blog land. I love your linen version and I think underlining with voile is a great idea.
Underlining with viole rather than lining with typical slippery lining fabric is a good tip. I never thought of it, but it makes sense. Added a full 8″! That was one SHORT skirt, lol. It looks nice, and I am sure you will have lots of chances to wear it in the summer.
Nice to see it worked out with the underlining. I’m looking for ways to minimize wrinkling linen during wear (starching it seems to cause 3 massive wrinkles instead of 30 smaller ones XP) so I can use my chartreuse linen for pants but maybe it’s just not meant to be.. XD
Hahahaha!!!! What a post to give linen a bad name! Underlining with silk organza works better than the voile apparently. From experience, I would agree. I just haven’t tried it with linen yet.
Interesting, will have to test drive that with something smaller .. hm.. and the post, yes their moniker is well earned XD
What a great job you did on this skirt! Don’t you just love clothes that fit the natural waist?
Underlining with voile is the way to go definitely.This skirt looks so nice…and I think it is just the right length too.Gorgeous!
This is fantastic on you! I love this skirt pattern and need to make another one soon!
The skirt looks realy classy, and it’s not a very obvious A line. I think it looks grest on you and the finishing looks seriously expensive – well done.