Thursday, 9 February 2017

Pattern Review: Simple Sew Duo of Skirts - Tie Waisted Skirt

Although I never really wear pencil skirts (I'm living that pyjama life...) when I saw the Simple Sew Duo of Skirts pattern I fell in love. I was definitely swayed by the pretty pink envelope and the big beautiful bow at the top of the waist. Sticking with the pink theme, as always, I decided to make my version of this skirt in a bright raspberry pink cotton which I got from Fabric Rehab in their closing down sale.

Also wearing: Black Scoop Top by Boody, made from Bamboo Jersey - super soft!

The fabric is from the Moda Bella Solids collection in the colour Berrylicious, and I would definitely recommend this fabric collection. It is a good quality, medium weight cotton with enough drape to make most garment types. Plus, there is a huge colour range to choose from - all whilst being an affordable £4-5 a metre. The only downside is that it does tend to crease easily and hold those creases, but this is to be expected with a 100% cotton fabric.

The pattern itself consists of 4 pieces - a skirt front, skirt back, waist band and the tie. The pattern is reasonably easy to follow, but I would have appreciated more information on the pattern. There were no grainline arrow directions to follow, and every size was drawn in solid lines making it hard to follow the right one whilst cutting out. Despite this, I still got the pattern cut out quickly and accurately enough.

My first attempt at pleats - not too shabby!

I managed to sew this garment in one session, and for my first time making pleats I am very pleased with how they have turned out. My only disappointment with the pattern is that the instructions were a bit vague. In my opinion a beginner pattern should be more detailed - especially with concealed zips. That being said, there are a lot of handy tutorials on the Simple Sew website and I also followed this post on the Simple Sew Tutorial blog for clearer instructions.

I cut out the size 10 version of the pattern which is recommended for my 38" hips but unfortunately the skirt is too tight across the thighs for me to wear. Though, I think this is more to do with my body shape than a fault of the pattern, hello thunder thighs! The Christmas weight on my belly looks very unflattering when I sit down in this skirt too - overall it just doesn't suit my body shape. It would be very flattering on people with narrower hips and thighs as the pleats around the waist help to accentuate curves.

A pretty(ish) bow - I just need to get better at tying them!

I like to think I'll get some use out of this skirt for the odd evening meal out, but it's just too uncomfortable for me to wear without losing some weight. In hindsight I should have tried it on before trimming and overlocking the seam allowances so I could let it out for some much needed wiggle room. So, this will probably live in my wardrobe and stay there - sorry skirt, I love cake too much to try to fit into you.

Overall, I think this is still a good and simple pattern - as the company name implies. Perhaps lacking some detail in the instruction booklet and pattern pieces, but there is plenty of advice online for those that need it. There are no tricky techniques here, a beginner may only struggle with putting in the concealed zip and the 'stitch in the ditch' technique along the waistband. I don't think I'll be making another one though, but I would like to try it's sister pattern the 'Wiggle Skirt' but I fear I will have the same issues with the fitting across the thighs as it's even more shapely than this pattern!

If you made this skirt - what fabric would you use? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Such a shame about the fit, but the style and colour suits you sooo much! <3

  2. I love the colour of the fabric! Its a really interesting pattern, I really like the slit at the back

  3. I love your skirt, it is such a vibrant colour. I have just made the wiggle skirt from the same pattern and it was too tight on the waist for me. I let mine out but I have lost some of the curvy silhouette and have ended up with a pencil skirt shape.
    I use a light weight suiting and lined the skirt as far down as the centre back slit.

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