OOP Vogue 8887 – DIY fixed wrap pleated front oxblood wool crepe skirt

Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe – worn with silk crepe de chine sew over it pussy bow blouse

Hi Friends,

I have got a few projects that I have finished and want to blog about before the year end so this is the first of those. Expect some brief reviews 🙂

Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe

Long term readers of this blog will know that I went back to work about 6 months ago and whilst I was fine for clothes through the summer period, now it has become cold I am finding I would like more choice in my winter work wear. This wool crepe (I think) has been sitting in my stash since the early part of the year. I bought it from the remnants section of (local to me) Linton Tweed, as two 1 metre skirt lengths. It is a much deeper, richer oxblood colour than shown in these photographs. I prewashed the fabric so I can launder it at home myself.

Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe
Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe


Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe

The pattern is OOP Vogue 8887, view D. Full review below. Two things of note about this skirt:

  1. It is cut entirely on the bias. I don’t know if that has caused my back seam to stretch slightly (?) but the seam is not fully smooth over my bottom. I did interface the area before inserting my (invisible) zip.
  2. The waist is finished using grosgrain ribbon – treating the ribbon rather like a bias facing. Sorry, I have not taken a photograph. This is first time I have used this kind of treatment to finish a waist. I have already worn this skirt for two full days and it is very comfortable and doesn’t twist or move at all.

Pattern Review

Pattern Description: 

Mock wrap skirt has pleated overlay and concealed slit. Narrow hem. Slightly below waist, back zipper. Purchased grosgrain finishes waist. Semi-fitted, bias.

I made view D.

Pattern Sizing:

4 – 20

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

Yep. I think so. One thing to watch out for: the waist is finished using a grosgrain ribbon, rather like a bias facing. Don’t get me wrong, I have worn this skirt for two full days since I made it  and it has been supremely comfortable and secure, and didn’t twist or move. But I do feel the reason the front overlay looks longer is because the ribbon, despite being tacked down inside as instructed, can’t seem to fully take the weight of the front, hence it hangs a bit lower. The pattern envelope picture shows the same. It doesn’t bother me too much but I might go back and have another look at it.

Were the instructions easy to follow?


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the finished skirt. It’s very cute. I love the princess seams in the back: great fitting opportunity! The whole skirt is cut on the bias, and that, together with the waist treatment, makes this skirt very comfortable and wearable. However, I am not 100% happy with my slightly lumpy centre back seam: I don’t know if it’s due to the seam stretching out there, inspite my interfacing the area. Nothing to dislike about the pattern.

Fabric Used:

Wool crepe purchased from Linton Tweeds remnants section in store.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I made all the vertical seams up to 1 inch for extra fit insurance. I used some of this extra allowance to sew the skirt up, but took the waist in to fit me.
  • I did a 1 inch full bottom adjustment

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Don’t know if I need another of these skirts in my wardrobe. I recommend.


Cute, comfortable and smart. I am pleased to have this skirt in my wardrobe.

Back soon with more reviews 🙂

Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe


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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

7 thoughts on “OOP Vogue 8887 – DIY fixed wrap pleated front oxblood wool crepe skirt

  1. Professional and cute, too cute not to make another for summer and maybe a dressy party one too. Thanks for the fit and waist tips.

  2. The skirt is so cute! There is a blog post on A Fashionable Stitch about inserting a zipper in a bias skirt. I’ve tried that method with success. That my help solve your zipper issue. I love your blog and your makes!

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