Saturday, 12 November 2011

Finished Project & Pattern Review: Simplicity 2117 Skirt.

Continuing from last nights mini sewing project, I finished my Simplicity 2117 skirt (view B).

I cut a size 12 (my waist is 67cm!) but my hips are size 8 so the skirt was too loose on the hips and thighs, and sat too low on the waist.

I ended up taking 3cm of each side of the back skirt piece (1.5cm seam allowance). I definitely could've cut a size 8 skirt!

I took 5cm of the length and turned it up 3cm to hem.

My measurements are: waist 67cm (12), hips 84cm (8). 
I cut size 12 waist bands, pockets, skirt back. I blended the skirt front waist into an 8 skirt. Size 12 was definitely too loose. Next time I make this skirt I will be cutting a size 8. 

The only difficulty I had with this dress was the sizing. The pockets were easy and I'm getting better at blind stitching and darts.

This is the first time I have made pleats, it was so easy.

If I could change the pattern, I would make a thicker waistband, although after seeing the finished garment, the thin waistband doesn't look bad!

Opportunity to color block - another reason I love pockets.

Total hours: 8 hours - 1 hour tracing pattern, 3.5 hours cutting fabric, interfacing, constructing skirt, 3 hours alterations, hemming, finishing raw edges.

I will definitely make this skirt again! Cheap pattern, quick to cut, easy to sew.

Cobalt mini with fuchsia pocket color blocking.

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2117

Total cost of this skirt: $16
  • 0.7 meters stretch cotton satin (60% cotton, 37% nylon, 3% spandex) (cobalt): $7 (50% off from Clegs),
  • 0.3 meters duchess satin (fuchsia): leftover fabric,
  • Invisible zipper 7" (royal): $1.75,
  • Gutermann thread (310): from my stash,
  • Whisperweft: from my stash,
  • Simplicity 2117 pattern: $7! 
If I don't include the cost of the pattern, this skirt cost me $10 and 8 hours labour :)

Pattern modifications:
  • Took in skirt at back seams, (cut 3cm off each side of the skirt back, 1.5cm seam allowance, (used size 12 pieces to accommodate my waist, but next time I'll cut a size 8,
  • Took up length of skirt by 2", 3cm hem,
  • Didn't include the vent,
  • Didn't include buttons and chain.


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