Simplicity 8175: DIY animal brocade midi length skirt
As fast as I seem to get caught up with the blogging back-log, I go and sew something else and the back-log’s back 🙂 Can’t stop, won’t stop sewing 🙂
Here’s a skirt I made recently using some animal brocade purchased from Remnant Kings. I actually first saw this fabric made into a skirt on Diary of Chain Stitcher’s blog, at the beginning of this year, and have been pondering buying the fabric ever since. I got lucky and nabbed the last 2 metres (sorry!) a few weeks ago. Its an animal print brocade, and a good heavy weight, perfect for winter wear.
For the pattern I used Simplicity 8175, which I have had in my stash for a while. I was inspired to use it after seeing Erica’s beautiful version. I have worn this skirt quite a few times already, but….something seems a little off to me…I can’t quite put my finger on what. I don’t know if I should make the slit higher? Or make the skirt shorter? Or peg it more? I don’t know. I had to take out substantial amounts of fabric from the centre back seam/ waistband/ side seams as it was, to make this skirt work for me. This could have been due to my fabric, which is one of those which seems to grow with wear. I did make the self belt, but have found I prefer the sleeker look sans belt. What do you think, readers?
Misses slim and flared skirts each in two lengths and cropped pants with tie belt. Features include center front slits, flared mini plus yoke and pockets.
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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?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I have been wearing this skirt lots, and especially in the nice, warm, heavy brocade I used this is a great skirt for winter. However, something seems a little off to me…I can’t quite put my finger on what. I don’t know if I should make the slit higher? Or make the skirt shorter? Or peg it more? I did end up removing substantial amounts of fabric from the centre back seam/ waistband/ side seams as it was, to make this skirt work for me. This could have been due to my fabric, which is one of those which seems to grow with wear. I did make the self belt, but have found I prefer the sleeker look sans belt.
An animal print brocade.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- 6/8ths inch full bum adjustment
- I cut my pocket facing from lining fabric to minimise bulk
- I cut my belt on the crossgrain due to fabric limitations, but prefer the look without the belt
- I used 1.25 inch seam allowances from the hem upto the pockets at the side seams
- I removed a total of 5 inches (!) from the centre back at the waistband, and tapered this down to the hem, so I lost another 1 inch on either side of the seam allowance along the centre back. I don’t know if I had to remove all these inches due to my fabric, which has a tendency to “grow”
- I took a 2.25 inch machine hem
- I added thread belt loops
- I overlocked all my insides, but used a bias bound finish on the waistband
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again – I would like to see what it looks like in a more “stable” fabric. I recommend.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a cute skirt….I just need to fall in love with it a little more.
Happy Christmas everyone!