Last summer I managed to find a vintage top for £5 which I really love, and this needed a navy skirt to go with it for work. Enter the Colette Mabel. I wanted a pencil skirt which was comfortable and easy to wear and the Mabel definitely fits the bill. The styling on the pattern didn't really look like what I had in mind, much to short. I wanted something high waisted and below the knee and thought version 3 could probably fit the bill. I cut a size small because the hip size looked right (I'm 28" waist and 37" hips and the sizing is 27-28 waist and 37-38" hips). Big mistake, much too tight (so version one went to Gemma). I then cut a medium and graded the waist in slightly .... perfect!
I'm really pleased with the fit here. The length is great, just what I wanted, and I like the kick-pleat at the back. This is a really easy make, easily done in a couple of hours, and even this length only takes one metre, so it's really cheap to make. I used Ponte Roma and this usually costs between £7-£12, so this is an £11 outfit! (Sorry about the strange things I seem to be doing with the remote here!)
Well I liked this so much I made another five!
(The second from the left is actually a black dot - more later). They are all made from Ponte Roma, so you might expect they would all fit pretty much to same. Not at all. The dot one fits well, but is very tight to pull over my hips and the cream ......! Well see for yourself.
Here with the Bellini blouse (not blogged because its too tight on the bust and has gone to Gemma) and with the Bronte top. Look how tight it is around the rear! Definitely not a look I feel comfortable with (yes, Gemma got the skirt too).
So I still have 4 Mabels myself, and my favourite is probably this one (sorry its on the model)
Now all these differences in how this same pattern fits in 5 different ways even though the material is ostensibly the same, has led me to wonder if it is really worth making a muslin. I have made muslins in the past which seem to fit well only to find the finished garment is too tight around the bust. Some websites suggest you make the muslin from the same fabric but that just seems so expensive, and if the slight differences in these fabrics made so much difference to the final fit, then a muslin wouldn't be really helpful! What do you think? Do you always make a muslin? Anyway I would recommend this pattern as a wardrobe staple which is easy to sew and easy to wear (and really cheap!). What more can you want?