Simple sunshiny summer skirt (Simplicity 1717)

Yellow chevron skirt - Simplicity 1717 - front

Happy Memorial Day to those of you in the US!  As today is the unofficial start to a very long-awaited summer, I have a cheerful, sunshiny yellow skirt to share with you.  It’s a quick and simple project, and it represents the sum total of my sewing over the last month.  Yikes!  As you know, I recently moved apartments, and the move basically sucked up all of my free time for the last several weeks.  So glad it’s over with!  Even better, this roof deck is now home.  That’s right folks, I finally have a private, outdoor location for taking blog photos.  Let us all rejoice in sewing blogger bliss!

All right, back to the skirt.  That’s what you came here for, right?  🙂

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Caramel A-line skirt – finished!

Caramel A-line skirt - Simplicity 1717 - finished

Thanks to a stand-in camera that I’ve temporarily borrowed, today I can show you my finished caramel A-line skirt.  : )  Overall it’s really not bad, despite a few bumps in the road during construction, which I’ll tell you all about below.  My goal with this project was to sew another casual, neutral colored, fully lined skirt that I can wear to work with tights, and I definitely achieved that.  I can’t say that I’m crazy about this pattern, but it served its purpose.  Here’s to casual separates for my everyday wardrobe!

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Finished skirt and broken camera

Caramel a-line skirt previewI’ve got good news and bad news today, folks.  The good news is that I finished my caramel A-line skirt (Simplicity 1717) – woo hoo!  You can *kind of* see it in the photo above.  The bad news is that the photo above is the only photo I managed to take of this skirt, since my crappy old camera has finally died a miserable death.  So, a proper photo shoot will have to wait for another day.  Booo!

In the meantime, I have the following things to say about this roller coaster of a project:

  • The fit of this skirt is not “amazing,” despite it being part of Simplicity’s Amazing Fit line.
  • I spent four hours on Saturday unpicking seams, re-cutting pattern pieces, and putting it all back together… and I managed to upgrade the skirt from “awful” to “passable.”
  • Such a simple skirt shouldn’t have caused me so much grief!

Blargh!  I’m satisfied with the final fit, but there is definitely room for improvement.  I’ll get into all the details once I can take some decent photos.  For now, at least I have another static-free, neutral colored skirt to wear to work… and that makes me happy.  : )

I promise I’ll be back with a substitute camera soon… bear with me!

Caramel A-line skirt: in progress

Caramel a-line skirt - in progress - pattern envelope

I’ve been working on a simple A-line skirt with patch pockets, Simplicity 1717, View C (the shortest version).  Despite the simplicity of the pattern, it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride so far.  As in, this stupid thing just won’t fit properly.  Blargh!!  You’d think such a simple design would fit without any issues!  But you would be wrong.  Oh, so wrong.

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