Hello everyone. Corrine here, I’m back with my latest Simple Sew project – the Grace skirt. I fancied sewing something a bit different this time around and I really wanted a swishy skirt suitable for autumn and winter. I don’t actually have any skirt like this, so this has definitely filled a gap in my wardrobe. I am a big skirt wearer but they are all the A-line or pencil variety, so I wanted to mix it up a bit.
Looking through my now extensive collection of Simple Sew patterns, I settled on the Grace skirt – a pattern I’ve had a few years.
I’m not a big dress wearer (unless it’s a T-shirt dress or pinafore) as I always feel overdressed in a dress. However, the skirt was just what I was looking for. I was very kindly gifted the fabric to make this project. The fabric came from Bobbins & Buttons and I let them choose it for me. It was like playing Russian Roulette with fabric – very exciting! I did say that I would like something swishy on a dark background. I think they came up trumps! Isn’t it pretty? It’s Dashwood Studio’s Gardenia rayon and it was perfect for my project.
Making up the skirt
There are a few options with this pattern. For the skirt you can choose tea length or knee length, pleats or gathers, pockets or no pockets. I went for knee length, pleats and pockets, and I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out.
Being made of slithery viscose, I was expecting it to be an awkward sew but it wasn’t at all. I’ve had bad experiences with viscose, but this pattern was so simple it just couldn’t go wrong really! Even my invisible zip in the centre back went in perfectly first time! You do have to take your time with this type of fabric though. Try not to go wrong so you don’t have to unpick! I know this is easier said than done and I did have to do a little unpicking around the pockets. The fabric is very easy to snag and it can leave little lines if you’re not careful. Thankfully, I only had a little snag within the seam allowance, so all was well.
Because I wanted this skirt to be winter ready, I decided to line it. There are no instructions for lining the skirt, only the bodice if you choose to make the dress version. So, I dug out some viscose lining fabric from my stash and essentially cut the same skirt pattern out again. I probably could have made the pleats smaller and used less lining fabric, but I just could not be bothered to do the maths involved! I attached the skirt lining to the top of the skirt and down the centre back seam. The waistband hides the mess at the top. The lining is about 3cm shorter than the skirt so there is no risk of it showing.
The end result
I am pleased I lined the skirt. It gives it a bit of warmth and it doesn’t stick to my tights. I have worn it out in the wild now and I felt great in it! The only thing I would change, if I were to make it again, would be where the pockets are positioned. They could do with being an inch or so higher up. Other than that, it’s perfect!
See you next time!
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