Do you think that Spring is in the air yet? In anticipation I decided to gently coax it in by taking some pretty floral (furnishing) fabric & making it into a pencil skirt. I was sorely tempted to use the By Hand Charlotte skirt pattern as it has to be my fave skirt pattern, but resisted as I felt that Simplicity 2154, being on my desert island list of patterns needed a trial (especially as I noted it too had double darts which I like).
Before I go into the skirt in anymore detail, you might notice from the pics that I also made the cardigan from the same pattern out of some knitted fabric. More on that below.
So I whipped it up pretty quickly, didn’t read the instructions & inserted a back zip before realising that is was a side zip pattern (I prefer back zips anyway). And just before attaching the waistband I remembered how much a lining adds to the feel of a skirt, exuding that secret bit of quality.
Sadly I haven’t taken pics of the lining, it’s emerald green, satin, & yes it feels l-o-v-e-r-l-y when wearing it! I made it quite a lot shorter than the pattern suggests, & it resulted in no vent being required at the back – well that was a relief as it meant I didn’t have to fiddle with the lining & skirt at the vent 😉
Wearing this skirt makes me hark back to my sixth form/ uni days, as this was the kind of thing I used to love wearing – big chintzy florals, appropriated into clothing (I even made myself some baggy short dungarees in chintz, envy away!) So, this look is casual, hence wearing it & not even tucking my t-shirt in (shock!) (By the way the t-shirt is my Nora tee).
Onto the cardigan now. I made this a while ago & can report that it’s a useful item & so much quicker than knitting a cardigan I can tell you!!! Absolutely no ripping out hahahaha! It was a quick make too (mostly overlocked), & I liked its construction (although I did insert the sleeve flat, contrary to the instructions).
It has a neck band but its hem is just a turned hem. The button band (both sides) is grosgrain ribbon & really neat. This means that even sewing buttonholes is achievable & not too challenging.
I took quite a bit of length off the cardigan & also nipped it in slightly at the waist, as this is a very boxy style. I used buttons in three colours that are the same flower shape (aaah!)
How does this compare to a real knitted cardigan then? Well, the sleeves are wider, I’d possibly narrow them next time. But tell you what, get the shape right & this is a useful wardrobe addition for the gal who doesn’t want to buy rtw.
I am now trialling another cardigan pattern, more on that when I’m done. 🙂
So, I think I’m loving Simplicity 2154 even more now I’ve now made three of the four garments. Just the jacket left ….
Happy Easter everyone, hope you enjoy the lovely long weekend ….