Simplicity 2451 Mash Up

Simplicity 2451 version 2

This is my second version of the Simplicity 2451 made with wool bought from The Man Outside Sainsburys and leather left over from a leather skirt that Handmade Jane kindly gifted me for refashioning. (My first wool and leather mash up is here, and has become a stalwart of my wardrobe.)

There was very little leather left to play with, so a seam had to go down the centre of my front waistband. Not ideal, but I ain’t gonna lose any sleep. The wool was £6 a metre and I only needed one metre. It is gorgeous wool with a fantastic depth of colour.

Leather waistband

Because leather supplies were so limited and because hell would freeze over before I attempted inserting an invisible zip into leather, I only used this detail on the front waistband. Solid colours and different textures mean that accurate seam matching was paramount. Oddly, these seams met perfectly first time. (That’s not me being smug. That’s me being shocked.)

Seam matching

The waistband is meant to be lined with the fashion fabric, but my wool was thick and I didn’t want that extra bulk. Instead, I lined it with some left over pocket lining. Whilst I was at it, I inserted a pretty satin lining for the skirt section. A big huzzah to Huggie Does Homespun who gifted me the satin.


The hem was loosely catch stitched. When I began sewing I thought it was important to hand stitch hems with a tight stitch. Couldn’t be more wrong. You want a relaxed stitch that will move with the skirt and not grip the hem so tightly as to create visible ridges.

catch stitching

A person needs to find their zen place with this type of work. I have a theory that it’s no coincidence Sewists are always so nice to meet in real life. Creatives pour themselves into their makes, and quickly become confronted with who and what they are. Riddled with anger, your body tight with stress? You’re not going to sew very well. Creative activity at its best attracts two sorts of people: those already balanced, or those open to becoming balanced. That’s my theory anyway! (And it has its exceptions, as all theories do.)

This is a long way of saying I love my new skirt! Would you consider meshing two different fabrics in a single make? As for me, I’m already planning my third make of this skirt. I’m sure one more iteration of the Simplicity 2451 should just about do it! I have some nice, soft denim burning a hole in my stash…

Simplicity 2451 ii

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57 Responses to Simplicity 2451 Mash Up

  1. lovely, lovely, lovely this is bloody lovely. That colour sings on you lady and all the elements come together in a true sewing synergy. Basically, I’m loving your work.

  2. Very nice – and I love that blue!

  3. Elle C says:

    Looks great on you, and even more important, you coordinate with Ella, so very important. Clever of you to choose a black dog. That colour is just wonderful.

  4. Gorgeous colour, and congrats on the superbly-matching seams *bows in amazement*

  5. Debby says:

    Love this, colour is fab, idea is fab, I wish we had a man outside Sainsbury’s locally, oh I forgot we don’t have a Sainsbury’s! Love the tights and those shoes, where did you get those shoes. I think I shall have an afternoon of sewing I am inspired yet again.

  6. ooobop! says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. That colour with the black, let alone the leather is total win! You are that ‘Very Stylish Girl’! x

  7. smittenness says:

    Lovely. You’re right about having to be balanced and focussed when sewing. Did you get the wool from the Guy Outside Sainsbury’s in Walthamstow? : )

  8. lauriesannie says:

    I get the seam-matching shock. The do look absolutely perfect. And I love that color.

  9. Rachel says:

    I am uber jealous of that gorgeous skirt!

  10. lauriesannie says:

    “They” do look absolutely perfect….

  11. Anna says:

    Love what you said about creative people and balance. I dunno if it always applies — as you say, there are exceptions. But I think it does apply to activities that require focus and are often repetitive, because when you get the rhythm going and get into flow state, it’s quite meditative as well.

  12. Bec says:

    I bought this pattern after I say your last version (my local store had a $5 Simplicity pattern sale at the time, so it was meant to be really). I love the leather band, and love both your version, I’m def going to get a bit more creative with fabrics and waistbands etc. If it start before next winter (supposedly spring here in Oz) I may have few in the wardrobe.

  13. Boony says:

    Very cool skirt – I love the leather belt, it really toughens it up. You are rocking this look!

  14. Caroline says:

    What a great skirt. I have just made one in coral needlecord and love it. Love the shoes too! Happy sewing. Caroline

  15. I love it. Wool is far too hot for comfort in the Florida tropics but I would sacrifice comfort for that color blue any day.

  16. Janet Friel says:

    Love this skirt and it’s leather detail. You have also solved the mystery of why my hand sewn hems look so amateurish – too many stitches!

  17. oonaballoona says:

    that is insanely fabulous.

  18. sarah says:

    perfect combo, love it!

  19. Adrienne says:

    wow! This skirt is gorgeous, Karen! You always achieve the best results with wool.

  20. Tamsin says:

    This fab, i love the leather and wool together. I am thinking of mixing some silk with jersey for a top, but haven’t had the courage to do it yet.

  21. Beth says:

    I love it! Your ideas are always fabulous!

  22. Faye Lewis says:

    What a beautiful skirt!

  23. redsilvia says:

    Very pretty! I can’t believe all those seams were perfect first time out. Wow, you had all your stars in a row that day. Lovely work.

  24. Eileen says:

    Love this skirt! And what a great job you did keeping everything neat and pretty with the lining – that’s a trouble I always have with finishing garments…

  25. great skirt, love the combo with the leather and that sappire color is fantastic. I want!

  26. Elizabeth says:

    Looks fabulous. I love that fabric combo. And that silhouette looks amazing on you. Gorgeous!

  27. Nakisha says:

    Love it! I just made this skirt in the same color!

    That leather detail is perfection though. Takes it to a new, edgy level!

  28. Eva says:

    Wow, this combination is so great, and your workmanship is inspiring as always! You look smoking hot!!

  29. I really like this skirt. That wool is gorgeous!

  30. Roobeedoo says:

    Ooh yeah! That is a very classy wool / leather combo indeed 🙂
    Finger. Out. Must. Pull. My.

  31. Chris says:

    That is so nice. I love that leader/fabric waistband – very chic! And the pattern is great – I have a similar Burda pattern which I have used and used. This type of skirt is so useful!

  32. Darn, serious sewing skillz envy. Lovely, lovely skirt. Very timely tip too as I have ‘hem fez coloured dress’ on Monday’s ‘To Do’ list.

  33. lisa g says:

    i love the leather/wool combo! beautiful skirt!

  34. Well done – it looks fabulous!

  35. gingermakes says:

    Oh, I LOVE this! The leather detail looks so great with the bold blue wool you’ve chosen! Absolutely lovely.

  36. Amazing skirt, I love the bit of leather paired with the fabulous wool. Fabulous

  37. Beautiful and so wearable.

  38. Clever use of leather. Beautiful make x

  39. Carolyn says:

    This looks great and is so on trend with the leather accent! Well done with that impeccable seam matching too. 🙂

  40. liza jane says:

    Love it. And again, you look fantastic. What’s your secret?!

  41. I love this skirt, you’ve made a stunning version of 2451!

  42. I really like the colour of this wool. Can’t wait for a long overdue visit to the man outside Sainsbury’s.. my fabric stash just isn’t inspiring me any more.

  43. yosami says:

    Great skirt! Love that shade of blue and combining the wool with the leather was a great idea!
    I also love fabric combining. I’m currently daydreaming about combining lace fabric with wool jersey to make a raglan top so I can enjoy the glamour of lace but in a practical way that suits my unglamorous lifestyle!
    BTW – I want to give you a heads up about the give-away from French company Collegien on my new blog – Details should be up by the end of next week. It’s my first ever give-away and I’m very excited about it and I need to share the joy so come and visit me!

  44. susew says:

    Great skirt! Love the blue flannel with the edge of the black leather.

  45. So clever to just put the leather on the front of the waistband! I may steal that detail, if you don’t mind. Don’t worry, mine won’t look nearly as great as yours. I especially like your furry accessory!

  46. MeaganA says:

    Gorgeous colour and I love the contrast of the wool and leather. Might have to make that myself.

  47. Carol says:

    You truly inspired me – I’ve had this pattern in my drawer for a year or two and just never got around to making it. Your last post on it made me drag it out and sew it up in some paisley cord that my mother had given me ten years ago. (Yes, I hold on to things for ages!) Brilliant pattern and I didn’t have to make any alterations, though my next one will be a size smaller. Already planning one in black wool crepe, then the denim I got on sale…

  48. Gjeometry says:

    Oooh, I thought at first that black piece was a belt, but it looks so cool as a piece of the skirt!

  49. It’s perfect- the leather makes it designer or edgy, or something like that. And I love electric blue with black, what a killer colour combo. Nice designing Karen!!

  50. Geo P says:

    Now I need to buy this pattern and visit The Man Outside Sainsburys.

  51. Jane M says:

    You look wonderful and the new skirt is just terrific, very boutique chic.

  52. Lorna says:

    Karen, this is gorgeous, and you look fantastic! I love this pattern, I’ve already made one version and am hoping do to another two or three shortly, but now you’ve made me want to make a wool version too. (not to mention lose a stone or two, so I have half a chance of looking as good as you do!) Love the contrast of the waistband. I also love your theory – it’s so true that stress, anger and any other negative emotion really shows in sewing. On the other hand, I used to make silver jewellery, and I found all that filing and torchwork really cathartic – you absolutely have to focus when you have a flaming gas torch in your hand! I don’t make much jewellery any more, but I do crochet obsessively, and any stress is definitely mirrored in the stitches. I work in an office on Wednesdays and Fridays, and my job can be super-stressful. I now avoid crocheting on those evenings because I always have to frog my tiny, angry, stressy stitches. Perhaps I should take up meditation…!

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