Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Simplicity 1887: Simple Skirt Pattern Review

Spring, you saucy minx.  I will celebrate you whether or not you want to be celebrated!  It's absolutely POURING today and the temperature is about to drop 20 degrees, but I'm ignoring that and wearing my new skirt from Simplicity pattern 1887 all kinds of bare legged.  No more tights.  No more leggings.  It is flipping April and I will have SPRING.

The pattern:  I'm a little in love with everything about it especially the sweet pocket detail.  Nothing quite as awesome as looking like a lady but toting stuff around like a marsupial.

I'm not sure I will ever make this with the bow front.  That's a lot of bulk where I don't really need any more bulk.  On someone tiny, it would be very cute.  On me, it would be all kinds of BOW.  But the shorts, I've conquered (will post on that later) and I'm about to share with you my lovely skirt (view D)!

Good Lord, I need a haircut.  But the skirt wins. Did I mention the pockets?

I was nervous about the front pleating adding too much pouf.  But that yoke works wonders.  It has two rows of elastic in the back which makes it very comfortable for those "I want to be a professional but would much rather be at home in my yoga pants" kind of days.  I'm sure I will wear it tons because I really, really, love my yoga pants.

I used a very on sale fabric from Jo Anne's in order to test out the pattern and troubleshoot the fit, otherwise known as a Wearable Muslin.  I just really hate spending time on something I will never use and I know the purpose is to get the fit right....but if I find cute fabric (this is a quilting cotton) for the same price as muslin, that's how I'm going to roll.


My biggest suggestion is for the elastic casting which runs from about where the pockets are and around the back of the skirt.  I would recommend attaching the waistband/yoke to the bottom of the skirt at a 1/2 inch seam allowance instead of the recommended 5/8.  That way, there is a little extra room when you put in your elastic.  The first pair of shorts I made I had some struggles.  The second pair of shorts and this skirt, I gave myself a bit extra and was glad.  MUCH easier when you have a bit extra height in the yoke.

Can't wait to do it again with some of my designer cottons.  Simplicity 1887, you're a good one.  I think I shall keep you.  But something must be done about that hair!

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