This is the Simplicity 2451 skirt, beloved of Sewists across the interwebs – see here and here. Having admired this on other people (in real life and everything!) I finally got round to ordering a copy. This pattern does exactly what it says on the tin and the tin says ‘Wearable and easy skirt!’
I made the skirt in a grey animal print fine wale cord bought on a sewing outing to Birmingham. (To find out much more about cord, check out my Fabric Focus.) Here I am with friends outside the very shop, just after purchasing. Only took me an entire year to sew this beauty up!
I really like this skirt, but Heavens to Betsy, please ignore the recommended sizings! I cut according to my measurements and the skirt was way too big and had to be adjusted. I’ll definitely go down two sizes next time I cut this out. (And yes, I have already purchased a metre of turquoise wool for a second version. That’s right, folks. You can squeeze this skirt out of a scant metre of fabric.)
Cord with a print is much easier to work with than a solid colour cord. The print helps disguise any issues with pressing the nap. My fabric was pretty cheap, but has performed excellently.
I lined the skirt as the cord was really sticky and I knew I’d want to wear this with tights.
A friend asked me recently, ‘Karen, do you prefer summer clothes or winter clothes?’ Hmmm. I think I like autumn clothes. (For the record, I always have to go through a period of uncomfortable readjustment when summer kicks in. You, what? You want me to bare my flesh?!)
What about you? Do you have a favourite season for your wardrobe?