Pattern Review: Simplicity 5259 (The Cashmere Curse that became a Goddess)
Pattern Description: Misses’ Slim Pants and Skirts each in two lengths. I made the skirt in the shorter length.
Pattern Sizing: 8-14. I made a size 14 or maybe closer to a 16 as best as I can remember. This project lasted eons and my memory of what I cut out and the fitting is a little hazy now. I could have probably straightened out the hip curve a little as I am more of a rectangle with boobs, but at this point, this project has exhausted my patience and I am not making any further changes.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except orange, not fuschia. Well, that and the fact that the model has a waist which I don’t.
Were the instructions easy to follow? YES! Very easy. It’s a pretty easy skirt, especially if you don’t add a lining like I did.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- Great simple and basic skirt pattern.
- Love the sexy slit in front
- Easy to fit
- Could use a waistband
- Why can’t pattern companies add a lining?!?! It’s not that hard but it would take some of the pain of reverse engineering if they would just draft linings for patterns.
Fabric used: I used a cashmere corduroy in burnt orange from the Mood Fabrics remnant bin. I had no idea there was such a thing as cashmere corduroy. You can definitely feel the cashmere in the fabric. It’s a very drapey corduroy and is sooo soft to the touch. It was a real treat to work with it.
Pattern changes or design changes made:
- I had the brilliant (read: assinine) idea of moving the CB zipper to the side to “avoid” the CB seam. This led to fitting issues. I will never put in another side zipper ever again. What a PITA!!! Every time you need to take in the sides, you have to reinsert that stupid zipper again. I will never bemoan the CB zipper again. That being said though, my side zipper insertion now looks great.
- I added a lining to the skirt. I had to figure out how to work the slit so that the lining didn’t show through. I looked at one of my RTW skirts and it showed the lining sewn right to the slit of the skirt. I totally ran with that and think it turned out well.
Any problems encountered while sewing this pattern? Honestly, I don’t think I can talk about it anymore. There were lots of problems, hurdles and stupid mistakes made during construction. The most stupid being the addition of interfacing to the hem and slit thereby completely removing the wonderful drape of the fabric. But let’s not dwell on the negatives here. I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing about it.
Will you sew it again or recommend it to others? Definitely. Despite my problems (all self-inflicted mind you) with this skirt, I love it. It’s a great wardrobe staple and the slit is so darn sexy, but not in a harlot kind of way. Just be sure to keep the zipper at CB or you’ll be sorry!
Conclusion: This is a great skirt. A wonderful addition to my Fall/Winter wardrobe. I will enjoy wearing it!
And now some pictures!
AND FINALLY…. Here’s the Cashmere Goddess, finished and on me. At last!
And as a bonus, I couldn’t get Susie’s idea of making the orange stripey fabric we both bought at Mood into a scarf. So I made one. I was going to make one of Cidell’s infinity scarves, but once made I thought it was the wrong proportions for me. So, I just cut it open and am using it as a plain scarf. Here’s a snap of me, my skirt and my scarf. LOVE!
I am really pleased to be at work today wearing the Cashmere Goddess and super cute scarf. I have so missed the thrill of wearing freshly made clothes. I gotta get a move on with my sewing again!
Here’s what I’m working on next with that gorgeous sequin fabric I bought at Paron’s with Susie…
Happy sewing everyone!