Simplicity 1717 Pattern Review

Simplicity 1717 - Pattern Review - Miss Pippilotta

My first skirt project. Yep, that’s right, I had never made a skirt before. In general, my body and skirts just don’t like each other, skirts tend to ride up my body instead of sitting on my hips. Dresses are fine and jeans are fabulous, but skirts – nup – they are not me. BUT I think I have found a winner of a pattern: Simplicity 1717 A-line skirt, from Simplicity’s ‘Amazing Fit” line. How amazing can it be I wondered…

Simplicity 1717 - Pattern Review - Miss Pippilotta

Pattern details: The pattern comes in three lengths and two front variations. I went with the short version and front pockets (pockets are so handy). Instead of the usual 1.5cm seam allowances, the amazing fit line has about 2.5cm seam allowances, giving more room to adjust seams and get a custom fit. The pattern also comes with three styles to choose from according to body type: slim, average or curvy. I went with the slim and a size 12.

Simplicity 1717 - Pattern Review - Miss Pippilotta
Front view – taken in a different light – hence the brighter blue!
Simplicity 1717 - Pattern Review - Miss Pippilotta
Plenty of room pockets

Fabric: I used a medium weight non-stretch denim from my fabric stash. When I make this skirt again, I’ll choose a fabric with a bit more softness or lighter in weight; the weight of the denim created a very strong a-line.

Alterations: I cheated a bit with the pockets and made square not curved edges.  I took in the side seams to about the usual 1.5cm.

Verdict: Great pattern, particularly for the beginner or someone like me who had avoided sewing skirts in the past. I’m looking forward to creating another skirt in a lighter-weight fabric for summer.

Simplicity 1717 - Pattern Review - Miss Pippilotta
Back view

Did you notice the smudge of dust on the skirt in the first picture? I had my sister-in-law help me out with taking the picture of me wearing the skirt. Earlier in the day, we had lunch and I chased my nephew around. My nephew has managed to make his mark (pun intended) on my blog again!

Pattern Review Simplicity 1717 Miss Pippilotta

I hope you enjoy this review and give this pattern a try too!

After a month or so of winter cold and flu’s I’m glad to be back. Have lots more sewing and knitting to share with you soon.


12 Comment

  1. Love this skirt! I haven’t sewn anything since high school but this looks super easy. I’ve just started getting back into knitting. So much fun.

    PS, love your boots!

    1. misspippilotta says:

      Thanks Vanessa, the pattern is super easy and fun, give it a go! And you are back into knitting, wonderful. I hope you drop by again and check out some of my knitting.

  2. Jenny says:

    Love it!!
    Great job

    1. misspippilotta says:

      Thank you Jenny!

  3. You look so cute! Love it! (Glad you’re feeling better too).
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    1. misspippilotta says:

      *giggle* thank you Naomi!

  4. Jane says:

    Great skirt! I like your fabric choice. It looks like it would be really versatile.

    1. misspippilotta says:

      Denim is great for versatility! My motto is ‘if in doubt, go denim.” Turns out the denim can also withstand a bit of nephew chasing!

  5. heather gullan says:

    Love the skirt, looks professional – is professional!

    Lv Mum

    1. misspippilotta says:

      Thanks Mum. Hehe

  6. Ing Reils says:

    Thanks for sharing this pattern – I have bookmarked it for a later date when I can sew. Super cute skirt – I would buy it if I saw it in a shop !
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    1. misspippilotta says:

      You are welcome! Let me know how you go, when you can sew (yes rhyming). You don’t need to be an expert to try this pattern, particularly if you have a little help along the way.

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