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…
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.
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.
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!
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.