Simplicity 2588 Version #2 – Straight Skirt

This is the second version of Simplicity 2588, which is a Project Runway Multi-option pattern that I love.  My first version I did the flared skirt, which I posted about here.  For this version I used a lovely cotton that was a gift from my sister-in-law from her trip to Japan.  It has a navy background and tiny lilac and white flowers.  The tiny print meant that the seamlines just disappear and the lovely quality cotton was a dream to sew.

For the skirt I changed the direction of the pleats from facing out to facing in.  I find that this is more flattering for me and I was interested to see this same comment made in my latest sewing book purchase The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns* – excellent book by the way.  I own a couple of fitting references and this is by far the best, IMHO.

I did not add the pockets as they added a bit too much bulk and I wasn’t happy with how they were sitting at the more fitted side seam (they are fabulous in the flared skirt though) so I removed them.  I used a belt kit that I got from Sunni’s A Fashionable Stitch Shop but I am rather traumatised to see that she no longer stocks them.  And I am having really trouble finding another supplier as I would really really like to make some more of these.  Does anyone know where I can buy even just the fabric covered buckle kits from?

I installed the invisible zipper so that it ended just below the yoke and then added two buttons with loops to close the top.  I really like this little detail.

The insides are all finished by serging and I left it unlined and plan to wear it with a half slip.  I terms of neatness of finish this is probably the most cleanly finished insides of anything I have made yet.  It looks very RTW, which I am really really chuffed about.

The hem is just serged and machine stitched.  The print means that the topstitching is practically invisible.

There is that sway back adjustment I should have done.  I did taper the centre back seam in a little increasing the seam allowance at the neck by, oh, about an 1″ (I think) and tapering it down to the standard 5/8″ at the waist.  I cut a size 12 in the top and a 16 in the skirt (go that pear shape) and tapered out/in to probably a 14 at the waist line.

I really really like this pattern.  It is easy to sew, has a lovely fit which requires very little tweaking, and I love the sleeveless and sleeve variations.  I expect I’ll be making a couple more.

Also, don’t forget the giveaway – I’ll be drawing the winner for Vogue 1207 on Friday.

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  • Shar

    I love this version too! I really have to look into this pattern – it’s so versatile. I really like the belt and the button detail you added. Sunni posted today that she’ll be adding new things to her shop, so hopefully (no pun intended!) she’ll restock the belt kit.

  • I love this version too! I really have to look into this pattern – it's so versatile. I really like the belt and the button detail you added. Sunni posted today that she'll be adding new things to her shop, so hopefully (no pun intended!) she'll restock the belt kit.

  • Sharon

    Another gorgeous dress, love this pattern it seems so versatile. I hope someone let’s you know about the belt kits, I really would like to get some as well.

  • Lovely. Great fabric too. A very nice neat job.

  • Lovely. Great fabric too. A very nice neat job.

  • I had this pattern in my stash for ages and had it put aside to get rid of until I saw both of your versions. I have the perfect fabric for this project. I love both of your dresses. You have inspired me

  • I had this pattern in my stash for ages and had it put aside to get rid of until I saw both of your versions. I have the perfect fabric for this project. I love both of your dresses. You have inspired me

  • Ooo this is so pretty!

  • Ooo this is so pretty!

  • I have found covered belt buckle kits on etsy before and I actually found the belt backing at Jo-Ann’s. It was in a very weird place in the store, so maybe your local fabric shop has some oddly places as well.

  • I have found covered belt buckle kits on etsy before and I actually found the belt backing at Jo-Ann's. It was in a very weird place in the store, so maybe your local fabric shop has some oddly places as well.

  • Margo Bergman

    This dress looks so lovely!!! I also like simplicity’s runway patterns. The insides look perfect!!!

  • This dress looks so lovely!!! I also like simplicity's runway patterns. The insides look perfect!!!

  • Lovely dress, equally as flattering as the full skirt version. I always buy belt making kits if I see them in op shops because I can’t recall seeing them in shops. Not much help sorry!

  • Lovely dress, equally as flattering as the full skirt version. I always buy belt making kits if I see them in op shops because I can't recall seeing them in shops. Not much help sorry!

  • Gail

    So beautiful and feminine! Your two dresses are the first I’ve seen that have made me feel I ought to buy that pattern!

  • So beautiful and feminine! Your two dresses are the first I've seen that have made me feel I ought to buy that pattern!