Pattern: Simplicity 2413
Fabric: pale blue chambray, from the Lisette fabric collection at Joann’s
I am now resorting to blurry cell-phone photos. I promise to take some better photos once I buy a new camera, but I wanted to review this pattern while I could still remember what I did! I had previously the skirt from view A of this pattern, which I like quite a bit. This skirt uses the same pocket pieces, but all the others are different (my skirt has no pockets.) I was interested in the high waist, and what looked like an easy project.
I remembered measuring the waistband for this skirt on my first make and thinking it must be wrong. There are no waist measurements printed, a serious oversight in a skirt pattern! I usually make a size 10 for the waist of a garment, occasionally a 12 (I don’t like a binding waistband.) On this skirt I actually had to add length to the band, giving me around a size 14. So be aware – the waist on this thing runs smaller than your average pattern! It’s easy enough to fix, as the band is just a rectangle. The other view of the pattern had pretty normal sizing, so I don’t know what was up with that.
I did not make the waist stay, and I didn’t interface. This fabric is pretty non-stretchy, and with the band folded and slipstitched in place it’s got plenty of weight. I trimmed 4 inches off the hemline. I wanted to like the longer length, but I found that the chambray didn’t drape well. In addition, I started worrying about a chambray skirt midway through – there are several local religious groups that seem to call for ladies wearing long chambray skirts, and I didn’t want anyone to ask questions, as when you wear skirts everyday you are already suspect. I’m pretty sure that at this length I’m safe!
Overall I am pleased. Here are my pros and cons:
-I like the general silhouette
-the length works with heels or flats
-Should match lots of different colors.
- the directions were rather overly complicated – I didn’t use them.
This project took two days, from cutting to wearing. It was very quick, but then I didn’t use the pockets, and I made up the waist treatment on my own. Recommended for those who enjoy a high waistline!