After my wool skirt was shrunk beyond hope by my well-meaning laundry-doing husband, the need for a cooler weather skirt arose. I passed by this pattern at first because it looked rather plain in the modeled photo. As I looked back at the line drawing, I found it much more appealing.
I like the hip yoke, but the topstitching and the 4 vents at the bottom of all of the seams really suckered me in.
They add movement to what would otherwise be a simple skirt as well as giving some walking comfort for fall boot-wearers like myself. As it is lined, it adds another layer against the elements and makes it an easy piece (vs. a slip) for my 30 seconds to dress that I often get in the mornings.
The fabric itself is pretty interesting. It’s an teal overdyed denim that I bought from Denver Fabrics. In one of my visits, I had seen it on the bolts, but I passed by it because I hadn’t started the pants journey at the time and because it looked rather ominous wrapped in plastic with big signs on it saying how it would stain. For $8/yd I didn’t want to deal with that hassle. On another occasion I came across it in the flat folds. At $3.97/yd I was willing to take the risk. As it turned out, it didn’t bleed dye on anything. It does have some poly in it, so it frays perhaps a bit more than denim should, but as a lined skirt, I could care less about that. Because the teal is rather subtle and I already own a denim skirt, I decided to use the wrong side of the fabric as the right side. The darker side of the fabric feels nicer against your skin anyhow, and it fits in the color scheme of my wardrobe well.
This pattern was written for leather, but it worked well in denim as I imagine it would in other heavier fabrics. I think a fine corduroy would be rather cozy.
The top is the much-loved Simplicity 2594. For all of the PR love, there’s only 1 other review of the straight-grain version with the split neck. I need to tack down the facing along CF because as it is it tends to pull the neckline off-kilter a little. I certainly see why it’s been a favorite pattern. It’s fast and easy, there’s no fitting really required (though I wish the smallest size were a tidge smaller in the neck because again I have silly undergarment issues), and the shoulder pleats are a nice touch. Ooh, you can use fancy silky fabrics too. This was my first time using serger-assisted French seams (you make the first seam with the serger so that when you sew the second pass, the sewing machine has something to grip)–wow, what a great option for floppy fussy fabrics. This will have to be a layering top for me as it is heat deflecting rayon challis. I’d be a little popsicle wearing this without a topper right now, but it’ll be great come spring and summer.
My skirt review is here, and
the top review is here.