Pattern Review: Simplicity 2451, Skirt C

Pattern Description: 

Easy-to-sew misses skirt in two lengths.

Pattern Sizing:

D5, US 4-12, Eur 30-38. I made a size 6 which is two sizes down from my actual measurements as listed on the pattern envelope (I’ve made pointed comments about the amount of ease in American patterns before so I won’t -oop never mind ;).

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes (except the busy pattern on the fabric makes the style lines difficult to see).

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, except the actual pockets weren’t mentioned but I just did my own thing there.

Pros:

The tulip shape, the curvy waistband (did I mention I loved curved waistbands? This one is curved on both horizontal seams), the well drafted pockets. I’ve seen this on other blogs and it could work well in suiting fabric as a work skirt.

Cons:

  • Sewing in the inner waistband facing was a little bit of a pain. I will attach this first next time and then just topstitch down the outer waist band piece. I thought since this was the first time I was doing it I’d better follow instructions.
  • The instructions suggest a lapped zipper. I used an invisible zipper instead.
  • This isn’t so much a con specific to this pattern but the pattern instructions for the big four are such a pain to deal with. They’re massive which means I can’t stand them up on a book rest and the crappy paper hurts my eyes. So I downloaded the pdf instructions from sewingpatterns.com and had them open on my computer screen (which sits behind my sewing machine on my desk) while I sewed. Problem solved.

Suggestions/ notes for improvement:

  • The length turned out a little shorter than I expected so it might be a good idea to check this and adjust it before sewing it up.
  • Press, press, press. This is one of those patterns where the difference made by pressing each seam front and back, then open (or to the side) makes a visible difference (same goes for the front pleats and back darts).

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes. I think this is a well-drafted and a pleasure to sew. Its great for using up fabric remnants and the perfect canvas for large funky retro prints.

Conclusion:

Make it.

Asides:

For wearable muslins, both the skirt and the tights turned out pretty well.

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