Review: (OOP) Vogue 8002 | The Car Wash Skirt!

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I'd previously mentioned that I wanted a Car Wash Skirt and I located Vogue 8002, which is out of print but turned out to be the perfect pattern to bring forth my vision.
I'm not a fan of skirts that don't have waistbands because I don't feel like they sit right on me.  I like the security of the snugness that a waistband gives me.  But I made this one anyway.  I cut the size 14 of the longest view and it was the perfect length for me.  This is a really simple pattern... it's just a matter of stitching panels together.  The panels are not hemmed, they're serged on every side.
The panels are stitched atop one another.  I decided that 15" from the waist down was good for me.  I love how the lack of hem weight keeps the design light and fluid in movement.  It's a wonderful piece to wear on a breezy day!  
And you'd want to keep the skirt fitted (not tight) through the hips and thighs so when it does move, you won't be "exposed".  No one wants flaps flying and butt showing!  I've seen some not-so impressive DIY versions of the car wash skirt that are accidents waiting to happen.  Don't think you can just take a skirt and slice it up and pow -- a car wash skirt.  I know it looks like that, but it's a lot more to it.  Once you cut into that fabric without stabilizing it, the slightest amount of stress will cause that rip to grow.  Imagine bending over!  Eeekkk!  Even for one that you've sewn, make sure before you get to the end of the stitch, you reduce the stitch length and give it a good backstitch!
The fabric I used is leftover black and white wool-blend tweed that I used in my Burda 7210 bomber jacket.  It reminded me of the tweed fabric used in my original inspirational skirt from Dior.  
Styling tip: I really liked the idea of the styling in the Proenza Schouler Fall 2015 show with the oversized sweaters and oversized fishnet tights.  I wanted a toned down street-appropriate-wearable look by simply paring it with a black turtleneck cashmere sweater, Wolford fishnet tights and a t-strap pump.

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27 comments

  1. This skirt is just "fierce", Erica!

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  2. I didn't realize that the skirt was just panels sewn on top of each other...interesting design feature. Love your fabric choice - this is a cool skirt!

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    1. Very simple but cool design! Thanks Carolyn!

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    2. By "The panels are stitched atop one another," do you mean that the seams are lapped? I think that's what it looks like based on the picture.

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  3. Love it! It's very inspiring. I may have to do a hack for a knit skirt using Jalie 2681.

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  4. Great tips on stabilizing and how we can't bootleg this skirt! :-)

    Stunning as usual!

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    1. Sewing Bosses do NOT bootleg! LOL Thanks Eryn!

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  5. Wowza! This skirt and the entire outfit is amazing and you look amazing in it, Mrs. Bunker❤️❤️❤️🙌🏾

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  6. Love your skirt.

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  7. Awesome as always and love your styling notes.

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  8. Love it and the styling too!

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  9. You are rocking that skirt. I love the entire ensemble. Fabulous!

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  10. I was thinking I wouldn't be able to wear this type of skirt in an office, but your styling has me thinking otherwise. Well, the styling and the careful seaming. Time to go raid the stash...

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    1. You most definitely could wear this into a corporate environment.

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  11. Fabulous skirt!!! Thank you for all the wonderful tips and sewing advice. Love the way you styled it.

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  12. I like yours better than any of the ones in the runway post.

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  13. Erica, you put the 'W' in Wow'! That is a beautiful skirt. I love the fishnet stockings, and the shoes! I love your skirt as it does not look like "carwash strips". Your look is very feminine and classy. Thanks for sharing another fabulous Erica B Creation!

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    1. It's always my goal to show that women of a certain age can wear trends, but in a grown up and classy way! Thanks BPatricia74!

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