Friday, February 17, 2012

One Skirt, Many Ways Simplicity 2475

                                                                   
 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.



And sewed in the new panel. By the way, I also eliminated the zipper and the back vents on this skirt, because, well, I just didn't need them. This is a simple pull-on skirt and we like it that way!


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 just might do that.
I like this skirt. I like  how it's simple and bold at the same time, and can be worn in so many ways.

21 comments:

  1. Love!!! Everything about this skirt. Fine work. It looks great on you and I bet it will be a great wardrobe piece.

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  2. Fabulous skirt, and look how many ways you can wear it. Which is your favorite? Nice work!

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  3. This is a fabulous skirt, Lynne. I like all the ways you can wear it and it is just so fun! Great job! I am with Mary, which outfit is your favorite?

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  4. Looks great! Very slick, and chic and even a bit sexy. Very flattering.

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  5. Wonderful skirt! Black and white are such a versatile combination.

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  6. Your skirt looks fabulous! I love it styled with the red cardigan.

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  7. I am going to shamelessly copy this... Love the sleekness. Houndstooth + black always looks sharp. You look fantastic in it, in all "style" modes!

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  9. So, so fabulous! I pinned a few of Jason Wu's new collection including the dress version of this skirt.

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  10. I noticed that one of your changes was to shorten the skirt a bit. Jason Wu's skirt hit just below the knee which is a very flattering length on almost everyone. If you make this again, I'd recommend making it that length.

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  11. Look at you sexy mama! Love that skirt!

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  12. That looks very sharp, especially with the red!

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  13. Great looking skirt! it is very unique and fashion forward. I like all the ways that you styled it.

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  14. Beautiful skirt. I have wanted to copy this skirt since seeing it but could never find the large houndstooth. You really nailed this look and the length is perfect!! Your length is the same as Jason's. Great Job.

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  15. I love your new skirt - I want to copy it. It looks better than the designer original and very flattering . What a lucky find in the thrift shop - this skirt was obviously really meant to be.

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  16. This skirt is FANTASTIC!!! I love the colourblocking detail, and the graphic print choice.

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  17. wow, wow, wow! I love your fab skirt and totally want to copy you!

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  18. How did I miss this kewl skirt! I love it!

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