Friday, December 3, 2010

Starting with the Pencil Skirt of S2452 - The Wardrobe Builder

Grey Skirt with Teal Blouse (JC Penny's)

Grey Skirt with Navy jacket and Stretch Velvet Top (Both RTW)

This is another installment of my Fall 2010 wardrobe builders. Simplicity 2452 is a nice pattern to create a custom wardrobe. The only thing missing is a top/dress to complete the ensemble. The sweet thing about this pattern is it has two jacket styles, view B being the cutest in my opinion. The skirt is typical and can be found in many wardrobe patterns. This version does not have a facing or waistband. Instead the sewist can add twill tape to finish the waist.

Sage Skirt with Faux Snake Skin Jacket (McCall's) and Brown Knit Top (Kohl's)

Well I think I've given you a idea about the description of the pattern. My first review is the skirt. I used it to make three skirts to add to my work wardrobe. It's too simple. Two pieces, front and back with a zipper and vent. The "simplicity" of this skirt gives the sewists many options to add trim to add some interesting details. This round I only added a lining.

Maroon Skirt with Ruffled Knit Top (Walmart)

Part of this review is to show how the skirt can be incorporated into my ever "growing" wardrobe. Styling options included. Review follows:

Pattern Description: Misses' jacket with front variations and skirt. Simplicity sometimes gives vague descriptions of the style of the garment.

Pattern Sizing: 6 - 22.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, But I made a few changes to suit my taste.

Were the instructions easy to follow? For the skirt, I skimmed them. They look pretty standard for this style of skirt.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? As I stated in the introduction, the jacket, view B. My least favorite waist finishing is to add twill tape.

Fabric Used: Two of the fabrics used were wool remnants from Vogue. Each at about $10.00. And the third is a left over piece (wool also) from a dress I made a few years ago. It was purchased at JoAnn's. Here is a close look at the texture of the fabrics used. Here are a few of the many Vogue fabric tags.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Instead of inserting a side zipper and place it center back: two invisibles and one lapped. The waist was finish by adding 1/4" twill tape to stay the waist. Then I attached the lining, pressed the allowance towards the lining, understitched and finally topstitched the skirt to the lining to finish the waist. Here is a close up of the finished waist. And here is the finished waist and zipper.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably won't sew it again. I have many more skirts styles I would like to sew. And yes, I recommend this pattern to others. I already have a jacket cut and ready to sew. But I won't start on it until after completing my holiday gift sewing. But it will be done before the new year.

Conclusion: This is a pretty nice wardrobe pattern. And the skirt is simply enough for a beginner to sew with no problems. I do recommend trying it.


  1. I love both fabrics used for your skirt. Super versatile. I always enjoy seeing the styling pics too!

  2. Both fabric choices are great! Nice work as usual.. Very inspiring! :)

  3. Both skirts are very pretty. You did a great job, as usual. I like the idea that there's just twill tape for the waistband. Good idea. I'll have to look at that pattern.

  4. Lady you really know how to build your wardrobe! The looks are fabulous. I love the snakeskin jacket! And I concur, you can never have enough pencil skirts. They are so versatile!

  5. What a great foundation for building a wardrobe! Love the versatility of both versions.

  6. Just gorgeous, love your outfit combos!

  7. Good solid wardrobe piece. Can't wrong with that skirt at all. Love your ensembles…and that jacket is killer!

  8. I love that you used 3 different fabrics and quickly knocked out three skirts! Love it!

  9. Just perfect. I've got a client right now that wants a plain black pencil skirt in 3 season wool, certainly right in theme with your wardrobe building.

  10. I am truly loving that snake-skin jacket...too cool !

    BTW---did you ever get the interfacing swatch set (that you won in the drawing I had)?

  11. Wow, those are really versatile skirts. I love seeing how you have combined them with other pieces of your wardrobe.

  12. You really can't go wrong with a basic skirt--it's not the most exciting sewing but it ends up being what I wear most often!

  13. Thank you my dears!
    Pam - I did receive my prize and will be ordering some interfacing some. I used the samples in a teaching exercise to help my students understand the different types of interfacing and the different uses. Thanks so much! I'm hoping to post something about it soon.

  14. Love your new skirts and the cute outfits you've shown with them. Though, I particularly love the red one - so pretty for the holidays!

  15. Definitely a wardrobe builder! I love all the different ways they're paired!



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