I went stash diving this week, after being inspired by the Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2012 Collection and this skirt:
And fancy that, I had some yardage of a ponte knit houndstooth. And I happened to have Simplicity 2475.
What was I lacking? Black ponte...that thick, weighty ponte that holds it's shape. So, off to the thrift store I went, and found enough yardage in a ponte knit skirt to cut the side panels for my skirt!
|with a black belted blouse|
Were there modifications? You bet! Well, the first thing I did was underline the houndstooth fabric to give it a bit more stucture. I did this by cutting the underlining from a thrifted black tricot slip ( I have used this trick before!) and holding the lining and fabric together as one, sewed the panels together.
The Simplicity pattern's center panel was just a bit too narrow for my liking. I wanted something that had a bit more shape to the panel. After I sewed it, of course, is when I discovered this. So I cut the houndstooth panels out of my skirt, and cut new ones with a more pleasing and feminine shape to them. Then I marked and trimmed out the corresponding shape on the side panels.
One thing I would change is this: instead of cutting the slim version, I think I would make this again in the average fit so it's not quite so form-fitting. Actually, I have enough of everything to make this skirt again, and
|with a red cardigan and bow blouse|
|with a black ponte moto jacket and striped henley|
I like this skirt. I like how it's simple and bold at the same time, and can be worn in so many ways.