It’s a rainy winter’s day and therefore perfect for a blog update – or two. I’ve just finished making a skirt from Simplicity 1464 pattern and thought I’d do a review.
This skirt started out because I found a lightweight ruffled skirt at Vinnies (thrift store). The second hand skirt looked more like a slip than an outer skirt, but I liked the ruffles and colour. I’ve always had a thing for combining different textures and styles so I decided use the skirt as a lining to the Simplicity box pleat skirt pattern.
The fabric for the box pleat skirt is a poly/wool suiting and was great to work with. The pattern itself is easy to follow but runs HUGE. I have an 83cm (32.5 in) waist. I cut a size 18 (about half a size down from recommended), but I probably should have cut somewhere between 14-16. I trimmed probably another two inches off the waist to get it down to this size, and it’s still a fraction too big. I guess this will be my “going out to eat” skirt. If you’re going to do this pattern, trace the pattern and make a muslin waistband first to figure our your sizing – then continue as normal. Anyway, once I got the sizing right, the rest was easy.
The jury is out regarding my matching of the ruffles and box pleats. I like it, but a couple of trusted friends aren’t so sure. Then again, if I like it, this should be all that matters, right?