Simplicity 1591: DIY Cobalt Blue Fluted Hem Skirt
Today’s offering is this fluted hem skirt, made from Simplicity 1591. Here’s the envelope:
I sewed this skirt up straight out of the envelope. I didn’t even adjust for length (I am 5 foot 3 inches). It is designed to sit about 1.5 inches below the waist.
I don’t love the fabric. It is a polyester (!) twill. I do like the colour. But I figured never having worn a style like this before, it would be a good wearable muslin. I could envisage this skirt in several other, more beautiful fabrics. Also, I forgot to use my organza press cloth when I was pressing the hem, and now that has a shine to it. Meh.
The only addition I made was to partially line the skirt, using this tutorial from threads.
I am very proud of my lapped zipper. It’s still not perfect, but the best one that I have done so far, and the first time I have tried inserting one using Winnie’s tutorial. I will definitely be using this technique again. Winnie’s right, there is no edge stitching on top of the zipper, and I prefer this look.
The problem readers, is the issue of wearing a skirt. I just don’t seem to know a) what to wear with them b) don’t think they are as flattering as a dress is for me. So, right now, this is the third skirt I have blogged about, and the third time I am left feeling a little bit….meh. I think this skirt will be worn more than the other two I have made, and, as I mentioned above, I could see this skirt sewn in a beautiful wool or tweed or numerous other fabrics. For me, dresses are just easy to throw on all year round without worrying about whether something will go with it or not. Not so with skirts. Also, I have a 10 inch difference between my waist and my hips and I think that makes fitting skirts (which have to fit properly on the waist) harder. Perhaps I might frankenpattern this skirt onto a bodice to make a dress sometime :-)
Misses’ skirt with length variations. Classic skirt has princess seams and can be made mid calf, knee, and mini length. Fluted skirt can be made with a gathered ruffle or flounce.
I made view E.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. But I didn’t follow them to insert the zip or add a lining.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It is very quick and easy to sew. I think with a pattern like this you are only limited by your imagination. It is a very classic pattern, and fit wise it is pretty good. I just feel meh about the whole wearing a skirt thing…it’s not necessarily to do with the pattern.
Polyester twill with acetate lining. I don’t love the fabric, but I do like the colour, and it was a wearable muslin.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Other than adding a lining, none.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Don’t know if I would sew it again, but if skirts are your thing, fill your boots (as they say in these parts).
Give me a couple of days to get used to it…I might get to like it :-)
What say you readers, are you a dress girl or a separates girl? How would you style a skirt like this?