Pattern Review: Simplicity 2564 Pencil Skirt
Howdy folks! I’m back. I wasn’t gone really, I just didn’t have anything of sewing import to post about.
Pattern Description: Misses’ Skirt and Blouse. I made view E, the pink skirt in the middle.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 6-14. I sewed up a straight 14 using only 1/4 inch side seams. Long story short: Yes, I made a muslin because, looking at the finished measurements, I thought this skirt would be about 1.5 inches too small on me. Either the finished measurements given on the pattern were incorrect or I can’t measure or do math. I’m betting the math was the culprit. My muslin was ginormous and after pinching out the side seams, it seemed that a straight size 14 would do the trick for me. But of course in my imperfect world, I needed just a little extra wiggle room which caused me some consternation in the construction process. More on that later though.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except that my skirt looks wider in comparison to the models’ skirts . Granted they are probably size negative 4, but seriously, sewn up as a sz 14, this skirt at the length proscribed for the hem is more of a square shape than a rectangle as seen above. And I used a skimpy hem of only a 5/8 inch wide. You will want to cut it out longer if you want it to cover your knees.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, although when I make this again, I will change the order of construction (see below for details).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKES: I liked the bias contour yoke at the waist and the simplicity of the design. It’s a very versatile, well-drafted skirt, perfect for wardrobe building.
DISLIKES: There are no instructions for lining the skirt – a common occurrence in the land of sewing pattern companies. Why, I ask you, why? As it turns out, I didn’t need a lining for this skirt as it is a casual version using cotton fabric. I know it’s simple to add a lining, but it would be nice if they provided instructions for the beginning sewers out there.
Fabric used: I used a cotton madras fabric I purchased recently from neighborhood fabric store, P&S Fabrics. Loved it. It pressed like a dream and is really cute made up into a skirt.
Pattern changes or design changes made:
- One change I would make going forward when I make this again would be the order of construction. Simplicity has you attach the yoke after constructing the skirt. If you haven’t muslined prior to making it up in your fashion fabric, then you are out of luck if you want to fit as you go. So I would construct the skirt with the yokes attached first so that you can baste the side seams to check your fit.
- I topstitched the hem and I might topstitch the yoke too since the thread is still on my Singer Featherweight.
Any problems encountered while sewing this pattern?
- Fitting was an issue when taking Simplicity’s order of construction. I spent significant quality time with my seam ripper taking the yoke and side seam apart to give myself that wiggle room at the sides.
- The invisible zipper was inserted and re-inserted several times due to user error (like not attaching it to the yoke at all) and then when all was said and done it poked the yoke up like a scalloped edge (WHY?!?!?!). I have no idea why and am extremely vexed by it, but not enough to deal with the zipper insertion again. So I left it like that and will wear a cardy to cover it up. Problem solved! Sort of.
- The skirt is a little short, which was fine for a casual skirt but if you want a below knee skirt or a deep hem for a nice drape, you will need to add length.
Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction? I used my Singer Featherweight for the majority of the construction and the topstitching, only using the Viking Emerald 183 for the zipper insertion. Oh and I used my serger for the edge finishing of the seam allowances.
Will you sew it again or recommend it to others? Yes definitely!!! This will be my new TNT skirt pattern. The contoured yoke negates the need for darts in the skirt and I love a waistband on a skirt. It just feels more secure. I definitely recommend it to others, even beginners. Despite it being an OOP pattern, it is still available on the Simplicity website. My only caveats for others sewing this pattern are:
- Lengthen the skirt if you want a nice deep hem or longer skirt (it stops right above the knee if you use a skimpy hem)
- Change the order of construction (attach the yoke pieces to the skirt pieces before constructing the skirt itself) if you want to fit as you go.
Conclusion: This is a great skirt to add to your wardrobe arsenal. Very versatile with options to jazz it up with pockets, trim or skinny belts. Once you have the fit down, you can just churn these out, especially if you don’t line them.
Apologies for providing only a hanger shot of the skirt, but we didn’t have any time to take pictures yesterday with Easter dinner and all. Just trust me, it’s cute! I wore it with a navy blue v-neck t-shirt and a white cardy. Very preppy!
I’ll be going back to pleating hell now. Hopefully, I will have something to show you at the end of the week.