Winter White

This was supposed to be an easy, breezy summer skirt, but since I didn’t finish it until late fall (in time for family pictures), I started calling it my “winter white” skirt.  I love this Simplicity pattern by Cynthia Rowley – Simplicity 2215 – and have adored nearly every version I could find on the Internet.  Like here, here, and here.

Pleated Skirt

Pattern Sizing: 6-22.  I probably ended up with a size 14, although I started bigger and had to figure out how to take it in after the side pockets and invisible zipper were inserted!  I ended up taking in some of the pleats to make it work.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes!

Pleated Skirt

Were the instructions easy to follow?  As I have said, I am still new enough to be a dedicated follower of instructions.  I thought these were good and if you read carefully, you can definitely figure out the side pockets with invisible zipper, although it was tricky.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I really love the uneven pleats.  I am a big fan of assymetry (and actually, symmetry, too!).  And I love that it has pockets.  I think its a flattering silhouette for my shape, too.

Fabric Used:  An off-white linen blend from JoAnn, and ivory rayon bemberg for the lining, also from JoAnn.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  Based on the reviews I read before this make I added 2.5 inches to the length of the skirt, and 2 inches to the waistband.  I also added a lining.  This book helped me with that process.  To make your own lining pattern for a full skirt basically you fold out the pleats/gathers to reduce excess fabric, and cut your lining with the new pattern.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I plan to sew the dress and more versions of the skirt.

New techniques learned:  My first invisible zipper!!  Hip hip hooray!  With the help of both of these Colette tutorials: Photo tutorial and Video tutorial.  I found the combination of both helped my success on the first try.

Pleated Skirt

Conclusion:  Interesting pattern that I feel very comfortable wearing and fits with my lifestyle.  I can see a variety of iterations in different fabrics and lengths to get a lot of mileage out of one pattern.