I saw her the other day
I saw her again yesterday
I wonder if I’ll ever see her again
She reminded me of blue denim
Thanks, Stevie Nicks, for allowing me to adapt your lyrics. What do you think, then? The Simplicity 2512 is finished. I went to bed last night with my head buzzing. I even laid in bed and talked to my boyfriend about this pattern. I was that invigorated!
The Simplicity 2512 is possibly the most stimulating pattern I’ve sewn with so far. Why? Because you have to think very carefully about your choice of fabrics and there’s lots of potential to customise. Having (poorly) attempted my first flat felled seams, there were a couple of – ahem – details that needed some hiding-I-mean-accessories. In my favourite notions shop, they were selling off a heap load of sari decorations at 50p a bag, so I bought four of these:
In my head, it’s a huge sequined rivet!
I like to think of it as an ironic take on jean rivets, but that might just be me. I have one at the bottom of each pocket. You can see one of them applied in this side on shot:
Neighbour: Whattya doin’, Karen?
Karen: Posing for a photograph, what do you think?
Apologies for the garden-turn-jungle. (Note to self: I really must get the lawn mower out.)
This skirt marks several new ventures for me:
- Sewing with denim. A decision not to be taken lightly.
- Sewing with vintage silk. A decision not to be taken lightly.
- Flat felled seams – rock on! Rock on accurately.
- A vented seam – not so very difficult. Here it is at the back of the skirt:
Tights by Pretty Polly, if you’re interested.
What conclusions can I draw from this experience?
When it comes to Simplicity sizing, ignore the pattern company and listen to Stitchywitch. Go down a size or two. I went down one size and the fitting is just right.
If you’re over a certain age, add a good three inches to the hem line. I’m glad I did.
Make sure your contrast binding tape is as neat as can be on the inside as well as the outside. Because the top of that deep waistband is going to curl over when you’re sitting, and you don’t want strangers pointing at your shoddy handiwork. In fact, I am going to wear this skirt for a day at home because I am interested to see how it stands up to wear.
Whatever top you wear with this skirt make it plain and close-fitting. You don’t want anything fighting with that waistband detail. I can see why Erica wore a simple ballet top with her version of this skirt, and I ended up digging out a very old top just because it was the simplest one I could find. I’ll need to go and buy a less faded version now!
I’m going to renege on my earlier claims that this pattern demands a structural fabric. I’d like to make it again using a softer fabric. With a structural fabric, if the fitting of the waistband is too big, it’s going to stand proudly away from your body and just look a bit odd.
I think that’s everything I have to share with you on this skirt! It was a deeply satisfying experience, sewing it. Intellectually, very stimulating. Who would have thought? I’m not only making myself new clothes, I’m increasing my grey matter, too.
Right. Off to eat some brain food…
Let’s enjoy that pocket detail one last time, shall we?