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Pattern Review: Simplicity 5259 (The Cashmere Curse that became a Goddess)

2011 November 17
by elizabeth_admin

Simplicity 5259


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!

My favorite part of sewing: adding my label


Interior zipper with lining attached via hand blind stitch


interior slit with lining attached


Slit exterior plus hand catch stitched hem


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!

26 Responses leave one →
  1. November 17, 2011

    Yay!!! You look gorgeous! I am so relieved that it’s over (LOL!)

    Can’t wait to see you in sequins!

  2. November 17, 2011

    The skirt looks great! Well done! I loved your comment about being a rectangle with boobs. It made me laugh. I have the same problem with straight skirts/dresses. I call my body type the the lollipop or drumstick shape.

  3. Lynn permalink
    November 17, 2011

    A fabulous finish! I love the planetary facing and your label! It looks great on you.

  4. November 17, 2011

    nice! i LOVE the little waistband lining fabric detail 😉

  5. annie permalink
    November 17, 2011

    You did a really great job despite a “bumpy” start.

  6. November 17, 2011

    Way to take back that skirt!

  7. November 17, 2011

    Hurray! I am glad that you prevailed. The skirt is really cute and I love the colour.

  8. November 17, 2011

    It was worth taking apart and remaking it wasn’t it? You look fabulous in it!

  9. Rosie permalink
    November 17, 2011

    Now look at how stunning this Goddess is! Way go GF! Looking forward to the next project!

  10. November 17, 2011

    The finished skirt is AMAZING! Love the style, the color, the inside details – it looks just perfect. Totally worth all of the efforts and headaches I would say. Can’t wait to see what you do with the sparkles!

  11. November 17, 2011

    WOW! It looks awesome. Good job sticking with it! I like the scarf, too.

  12. November 17, 2011

    It is beautiful, totally worth the pain and heartache.

  13. November 17, 2011

    It looks fantastic! You totally conquered that cashmere. Enjoy your skirt.

  14. November 17, 2011

    I am so glad that it finally worked out – definitely worth all your effort – it looks fabulous. It is so chic and luxurious looking!

  15. November 17, 2011

    Fabulous skirt.

  16. November 18, 2011

    I know you might not have enjoyed the whole process of making this but you have ended up with a timeless classic, perfect for such lovely fabric. Your slit is hanging really well too, sometimes I find they want to pull open all the time so whatever you did to the hem worked!

  17. November 18, 2011

    Love that color, and the skirt looks great on you! I like the belt with the outfit, it really pulls it together. I’m so jealous of your sequin fabric – I’ve been searching for something like that for a holiday tank!

  18. November 18, 2011

    Well done! It looks great on you. I really like your facings too.

  19. November 18, 2011

    Great skirt and all the hardwork paid off.

  20. November 18, 2011

    It’s smashing! I love the slit, and the scarf is the perfect finishing touch. It was well worth persevering for this beauty.

  21. November 18, 2011

    It’s gorgeous! and that whole outfit looks so great. I bet you wear it to *death*.

  22. November 18, 2011

    Triumph!! The end result is SO worth it, and you’ve learned so much from this project. One pet of the cashmere and mmmm oh? what curse…? 😉

  23. Paula permalink
    November 18, 2011

    Perseverence pays off! I was hoping you’d come back to it. Fabulous!

  24. November 21, 2011

    OMGOMG!! It looks fantastic! Will you wear it on Thanksgiving?

  25. November 22, 2011

    Hello Elizabeth!

    This blog post was featured on Simplicity’s Facebook page. I will include the link to the page so you can have a look. Please invite your followers to see your post on our page. I hope you continue doing wonderful work and include simplicity into your designs.!/simplicitypatterns

  26. Margaret Edge permalink
    November 22, 2011

    love that skirt and sweather, have the sweater now need the skirt. How nice it looks

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