Monday, June 29, 2009

I love this skirt ...Review Simplicity 2605

Simplicity 2605
Pattern Description:
Misses Skirts and Sash Belt
Pattern Sizing:
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes the skirt looks exactly like the photo. I made view E
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were easy but I didn't follow them. I first marked and sewing the front pleats and the back darts. Next I sewed the waist bands on the front and back. Because the fabric has lycra in it I used 1/4" twill tape in the seam allowance of the upper and lower seam of the waist band to make sure it didn't stretch while I was wearing it. Then I installed an invisible zipper in the center back. I pin-fitted the skirt and sewed the side seams. I also added a lining to keep the cotton lycra from getting "butt sprung!" From about 7" from the bottom up I took in an addition 3/4" gradually winding up back to the original seam line to give the illusion of a narrow skirt and smaller hips.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I'm not sure what it was but I've always looked at the pattern. I didn't buy it because a friend talked me out of it. When I saw the fabric I just knew the two would be perfect together. I really like the contoured waistband.

Fabric Used:
I chose a bold cotton/lycra from JoAnn's fabric. I tried to match the pattern at the center back. Unfortunately it's a little bit off.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a few changes like adding a lining and an invisible zipper in the center back.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will certainly sew this skirt again. I usually buy my skirts on clearance but this TNT pattern will probably change all of that! I highly recommend this pattern.
Conclusion: This is a great pattern for the now trendy pencil skirt.
Now for the good...the bad...and the ugly!

This good is I LOVE this skirt
The bad is that is all of the excitement I didn't measure the length. I wound up only being able to turn up about 1/4" for the hem. I improvised and added lace hem tape.

The ugly again involves that hem. The hem faux pas leaked over into the lining. The lining was too short because I figured I'd have about a 2" hem so cut the lining 2" shorter so it would hang below the skirt. This is what it looks like from the inside.

I still love this skirt and can't wait to wear it!


  1. Beautiful skirt... I love the fabric...

  2. I love the skirt. No one but you and your bloggers know your secret about the hem.

  3. With the green the skirt is really dazzling. I love it! The print is spectacular and did I say how much I love the green? You're working it too.

  4. I love the whole series of your collection, especially the colors and prints.

  5. I love your skirt too, I love the whole collection. They look so nice together & you look beautiful in all the different views!

  6. I love it too and the color speaks volume. You did a fabulous job.

  7. Add some lace to the lining's hem. You will fix the short lining hem problem and you will make the lining look like its a slip. Otherwise I really like the skirt and how you've presented it!

  8. You are rockin' that skirt! You have a couple of different tops to go with it. If I were you, I'd match the yellow in that skirt and make a top out of it. I think you would look gorgeous in yellow, and it is the color of the season! Nice job.

  9. You are working the skirt. It's a winner for you.