Tuesday, 31 January 2012

SEWN: Simplicity 2215 by Cynthia Rowley

So it's been a while. I looked in horror at the date of my last post... and then thought "So what? I said I'd sew at my own pace"... yeah, but then another voice said, "But people will lose interest". Bollocks to that, here I am!

I actually finished this project over a week ago, but it's taken me this long to get some photos taken. I've been indulging one of my other passions... mountain biking - but more of that another time.

So here it is...


Image from http://www.simplicity.com
I really love the Cynthia Rowley's collection for Simplicity patterns. This one is no exception. I couldn't wait to make View C (skirt), and truth be told, this is my second version of this skirt. I love it that much! And I love the fabric I used equally, a gorgeous cotton sateen, in an abstract (is that the right description?) floral print. It's bright and happy and perfect for a Sydney summer.





It's what would appear at first glance to be a pretty classic pleated skirt with side pockets, but that's where you would be wrong! The pleats are actually a collection of inconsistent, assymetric pleats, folded one way, then another, around the waistline. I loved that feature, it just adds something a little different.

It's not that obvious though with a casual glance and is probably a bit more visible on an earlier version I made in a plain dark indigo denim...

I live in this skirt!
Or maybe not... they really are assymetrical I swear!

Anywho... The skirt is a pretty easy make - the marking of the pleat positions and fold lines onto the cut fabric takes forever (or is that just me?), but once that's done, it comes together really rather well. At least my first denim version did. I think I was having a bad sewing day on my floral attempt - I think I quick unpicked a thousand times quite a few times. Not happy, not happy at all.

There is a tricky section where you sew the invisible zip into the side seam where there is also a side pocket. Just be careful, take your time and I promise, you won't sew the pocket closed like me. Here's a look-see.


You can just the see the pull-tab of my invisible zip. Ahhhhh, I love invisible zips...

I really do love this skirt. Everytime I wear it, I get the most lovely comments. And it makes me feel swishy and feminine and pretty.

And for the budget-conscious amongst us, at only 1.3m of 115cm wide fabric it's a great, generally inexpensive, wardrobe addition.


13 comments:

  1. wow, I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog about your skirts. They are both Fantastic. Can't wait to add one to my wardrobe :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. How cute is that skirt?!? Right, I think I need that pattern :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! You do need this pattern - it is a great piece - dress up next methinks :)

      Delete
  3. What a pretty skirt! The fabric is so cheerful and bright. And your invisible zip is so perfect I can't even see it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Carolyn. I am fanatical about my zips! I never do a lapped or centred zipper because I am soooooo dreadful at them. Hence lots of practice at invisible zips :)

      Delete
  4. beautiful! Did you include a lining?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! No, I didn't need a lining as the medium weight denim and cotton sateen were not transparent at all.

      Delete
    2. Thanks! You have inspired me! I bought this pattern a while ago during one of those 5 for $5 pattern sales, but haven't gotten around to making it yet! I am definitely going to now! I love your fabric pick too! Thanks for sharing!!

      Delete
  5. I love the red flats you have with the denim skirt - where did you find them??

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Lauren! I got these ballet flats at an Australian shoe store called "Freelance Shoes". Better still they were an end of season sale item and I got them super cheap. They are very comfortable and a gorgeous sheeny snakeskin. I'm wearing them right now!

      Delete
  6. I love the fabric you chose! Do you know what the name of the print is or the brand?!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there! I have no idea of the brand or name I'm sorry, in fact I don't think there was anything written on the selvedge. It was purchased at Spotlight in Australia (which is like Joanns in the USA). Sorry to not be more helpful!

      Delete

A comment? For moi? Why, thank you!