|Sorbetto #3 and Simplicity 9825|
I have a great cotton poplin black A-line skirt on a yoke that looks and fits great and I was going to use it to make myself a couple of skirts like it. I was really chuffed to stumble across Simplicity 9825, you can read some reviews here.
In a really cheap cotton broadcloth from Spotlight, I decided to make up the A line view as a wearable muslin. The fabric is in a hot pink, not my normal skirt colour, but I have been sorely in need of some emotional lift of late and hot pink is such a happy and energetic colour, plus it goes perfectly with one of my Sorbetto blouse variations.
I purchased the size 14 – 20 and made the size 14 but ended up taking it in so much I should have got the next size down. Its all good because I know how to grade patterns enough to just make that change to the paper pattern (phew). If I was happy with a looser fit and it sitting about 2 inches below my waistline the 14 would have been ok, but I was looking for a higher more fitted look, sitting just below my natural waistline, so I could wear a shirt either loose or tucked in.
- I changed the order of construction by attaching the yoke bands first before I sewed up the side seams so I could adjust the fit easiliy (good thing two as the side seams ended up being over an inch each side to get the right fit.
- I used an invisible zipper, so the back seam was the first one I sewed after the yokes were attached.
- I lined the skirt in a lovely light cotton voile in white, so the inside as a lovely as the outside. The lining I finished in a lace trim (a detail for me to make the skirt pretty on the inside). Hopefully the lining will also stop the skirt from creasing so badly as well.
Next time I will:
- Cut the size 12
- Use a better quality fabric
What I love about this version of Simplicity 9825
- It’s an incredibly flattering skirt. It eases my longing for a Colette Ginger somewhat.
- Very easy to make: only 4 pattern pieces (yoke front and back, skirt front and back).
- It is easy to change if you wanted to eliminate the centre front seam
- It goes perfectly with my latest sorbetto blouse, with fabric covered buttons. Its my favourite version so far.
|Inside lining, attached to invisible zipper.|
|Something pretty just for me on the inside, hem finish on lining.|