Can you believe it? I finished my April project BEFORE the last week of the month, and I was even out-of-town for the first two weeks! I think I was just going through sewing deprivation. It was a good excuse to set aside time to work on it.
This months project was Simplicity 2655. I’ve been dying of jealously Gianna’s cute pockets and after I saw the uber-talented Karen’s version of the skirt, I had to have it. I chose a brown “Linen Look” (Joann’s) to keep it casual and sturdy for summer.
After making a muslin of the yoke, I chose to cut the waist a 22, and “graded out” to a 24 at the hip line. Then, grading out the pattern made sure it hung from my waist and not from my hips like most of my RTW skirts do. I’m glad tested out the fit too because the skirt sits right where I want it to – below my natural waist but above where I wear my jeans.
The directions were straight forward, I followed them fairly closely except for leaving of the top stitching on the yoke, and finishing the inside seams with my serger. Also, I couldn’t figure out the #&*!#$ overlapped zipper. I really need a lesson on installing zippers. I just did a simple centered zipper which looks fine. My only complaint is that this skirt has TWENTY pieces! Twenty pieces for a knee-length skirt. In contrast, my straight skirt only had 6 pieces (only two pattern pieces).
So what do you think, folks? Would you leave off the pockets? Or the flounce? Do you love it as is? Should I make at least one more for my summer wardrobe? And in what type of fabric?
I must say I’m tempted to make a couple more.
Leigh @Organic Mamas says
I LOVE it!!
Great site! I just now noticed it! The skirt is great, and, yes, I think you should keep the pockets and make a couple more. What about a light denim fabric? Then you could wear the skirt with almost anything.
Thanks Angela! Denim would be very versatile, but I’m unsure how the flounce would do with it. The seams by the pockets got pretty heavy, but maybe with some top stitching it would work out fine. I dunno. I’m still trying to learn about proper fabric choices.
Cute! Love those pockets!
I love, love, love it!!
Soooooo cute! I loved seeing it Sunday!
For #2 here is my thought: no flounce (change it to a straight section?), keep the pockets, and blue or jean color – but keep the material the same weight so not actual blue jean
But whatever you are inspired to do will be cute, I am sure!
Beth, I have been thinking about leaving the flounce off as well.. But I wonder if it is needed to balance out the poof of the pocket (visually speaking).
Karen @ TheJuneBride says
I love that! Looks great on you 🙂 Yes, make more! Love it with the ties and flounce… nicely done!!!
I have a second one partially cut out. If only we weren’t plagued by so many health issues, I would be wearing it right now!