Review: Vogue 8956 | The Asymmetrical Wrap Skirt!

12:00 AM

So, my head is completely wrapped up in Fall sewing!  It's all I can think about.  This is the latest addition to my fall closet!
I'm going to start by saying that I love this skirt - Vogue 8956 and I already forsee it being a major player in my fall wardrobe.  And I have no idea how it escaped me for so long, but I'm glad it finally hit my radar.  
I ran across this skirt from 3.1 Phillip Lim and I decided then that I had to have something like this.  And I vaguely remembered seeing the Vogue pattern.
I cut the size 14 to make sure that it would hang right through the hips and there would be no pulling.  I used view B, because I could tell that it would sew perfectly straight from the envelope and I wouldn't have to alter the length.  This skirt is unlined with facings.  My fabric is a poly/blend crepe suiting from Hancock Fabrics.
My seams are serged and pressed open.  The waistband is cut in a single piece and instead of slipstitching it, I "ditch-stitched".  And it has hook closures only.
I felt the waistband was super plain.  And instead of having to worry about what belt I'm going to wear, I decided to add some interest by using these faux leather tab closures.
I love the kilt style of this skirt.  Anytime I see skirts with interest that are pinstripe or plaid, I naturally think Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.

My fabric has really good drape.  Had I made this in say a wool flannel, I would've tapered down the right side of the skirt.  I'd want it to be more of a pencil skirt on that side.  It's actually cut more a-line and a heavier fabric would cause it to flare more.  Will I make this again?  Definitely yes!
Still enjoying my gorgeous handmade Maasai necklace!

This is such a simple statement skirt with the added benefit of being easy to make.  I recommend this one to anyone who loves a skirt with interest.
Styling tip:  This is a great skirt that's extremely versatile.  With my pinstripe fabric, this skirt could easily go into a business/professional setting by simply pairing with a conservative top and a basic single sole "lady pump".  Or it will also look great with a turtleneck and boots, topped with a leather jacket.  That's how I see myself also wearing this in the next few months.

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40 comments

  1. This outfit is hot! The back is beautiful, and what a great twist on a skirt!

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  2. Love your entire outfit!!!!! Gorgeous.

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  3. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. Everything. Fit. Fabric. Design. Everything. You should be on the pattern envelope with this one.

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    1. Thanks so much Sunny! How sweet!

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  4. This is going to AH-mazing with a leather jacket and boots. Great edgy and classic combo!!

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    1. I can't wait until the temperature drops! Thanks Alicia!

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  5. Beautiful skirt Erica.

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  6. Love it! I'm definitely picking up this pattern. I would have never envisioned it being so lovely based on the envelope picture, but you've proved me wrong! Also, that's a killer necklace. Do you have a tutorial on how to make one?

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    1. The necklace was a gift: http://www.ericabunker.com/2015/04/pikonlinos-maasai-project-belkscene.html

      Thanks Carmen!

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  7. That skirt is really cute!

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  8. Love your skirt. Good call on adding those faux leather closures. They add that extra something special to the skirt. Lovely ensemble. You look gorgeous as always!

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  9. This skirt is gorgeous! Glad to see it made up because it has lingered in my collection forever😃 thanks for the tip about the fit because I thought the skirt was more of a pencil style on the one side too. You love marvelous, Erica!!!

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  10. I am such a fan of this asymmetric hemline and your pairing with the pinstripe is perfect!

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  11. I swear I left a comment on this yesterday. Anyway love! Might have to copy :-)

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    1. This pattern is awesome! You should! Thanks sewmanju!

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  12. Love this whole look. I'm going to use this as an inspiration look (ie: copy you...lol) :-) Since I can't sew it might take me a minute to find a skirt like this, but I'm on a mission!

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  13. I'll be honest, the first then I thought when reading this post was 'your hair looks AMAZING', LOL. I love your skirt as well...you're so good at styling your makes, it goes perfectly with the bodysuit. Thanks for the styling tips.

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  14. Wow! Erica you never cease to amaze and encourage me. The skirt is so very pretty and sexy at the same time. Can't wait to see your other winter projects.

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  15. I must say, your blog is my new favorite (along with Kayla Green)! The skirt looks super simple to make, I might try it over this weekend! Cross my fingers that I get the same amazing results as you did!

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    1. I'm sure you will! It's such an easy pattern that will produce amazing results. Thanks Kristine!

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  16. Ah I quit you!!!!! :) You are looking fantastic!

    I do have a wrap skirt planned for fall and wondered if it would "go" if it were a pinstripe (it's similar width as this) so I'll say it's a go! :)

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  17. A beautiful look, a super elegant and pretty proposal. I love the design of the skirt.

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  18. Wow, after seeing the brown version first and now this one, it's a totally different feel. The way you styled it, wouldn't make it feel like the "same skirt". Perfection and that blue looks great with your skin tone!

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    1. Thanks Eryn! It's black. The white balance does something different on every device I have!

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  19. I love this skirt on you! You are my sewing and style icon! I love how you just decided to cut a particular size, considering the drape, and you knew exactly how it would it would lay! And your styling is always impeccable!

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    1. It's easier to take in if necessary! Thanks Little A!

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  20. I love, love, love this look! I can tell you've been working out chica . . . that back. ;-) I hope you don't mind, but what type of bra did you wear with the top?

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    1. No bra needed. I sewed a shelf bra into the body suit. Thanks!

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