The it color for 2013 is emerald green. So I'm a little bit ahead of the trend. I'm already a fan of green, all shades of it. Today I'm reviewing skirt from Simplicity 1761, made in November first wearing last Sunday.
The pattern envelope photo shows the skirt made in a stiff fabric that doesn't do it justice in my opinion. I always open the envelope to see the actual line drawing. Before I made it, Sheila and I talked about how unattractive the skirt looked on the envelope. But I thought the faux suede, soft and fluid, would be a great fabric to showcase this pattern.
It can be described as unlined skirt in two lengths with front flounce that shows the wrong side of the fabric. The pattern also includes a jacket and knit top.
The sizing is from 10 to 28W. I used size 14, adding about 1/2 to side seams just in case.
My skirt does look like the one photographed, but with more drape. The instructions were easy, nothing difficult.
What drew me to this pattern was the jacket. Then I noticed the skirt. I liked the flounces and fullness of the design. I thought this would be a great addition to my cold weather wardrobe. There was nothing to dislike about it. simple and easy. It was perfect for what I had in mind for the fabric.
The green faux suede has been in my stash for about six years. I bought it at Hancock's and initially thought I would make a button down shirt out of it. Plans do change if you let enough time pass.
The changes I made were very minor. I thought the fullness of the skirt would somehow expose the seaming. So I sewed a french seam at the center back. I didn't add any length to it. As a result, my skirt stops higher the Khaliah Ali's version.
I might sew it again, but not soon. Just last night I was looking at other skirt patterns I'd like to make this winter. But I do recommend it to other if this is a style that you like.
This is a simple skirt to make that can be paired with a simple or dramatic top.
Next up, I will review the top that I am wearing with this skirt. It is one of Rhonda Buss' designs. It easy to sew and can be worn several different ways.