OOP Simplicity 1591 and Simplicity 8746: DIY Striped Sequin Pencil Skirt and DIY Red Crepe Wrap Skirt

Simplicity 1591 striped sequin skirt worn with Simplicity 8014 silk button up shirt
Simplicity 8746 red crepe asymmetric wrap skirt – worn with Simplicity 8454 snake print top

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, if you celebrate. We had a quiet time at home with my family joining us for Christmas day. I can’t believe we are in the final few days of 2018! I am going to try and get a couple of last blog posts up to finish up the year, so let’s do this!

Today is a Simplicity strong blog post! Everything in these photographs is me-made, using Simplicity patterns. The blog posts today are concerned with the skirts: one is a Love, and the other one not so much. Let’s start with the Love: Simplicity 1591. This is now OOP but you can find this pattern fairly easily from the usual sources. The only reason I chose this pattern is because I have made it once before (see here), and I knew what adjustments I had to make to improve the fit.

Simplicity 1591 striped sequin skirt worn with Simplicity 8014 silk button up shirt

All I am going to say is this was the surprise hit of 2018. Making a few adjustments to the pattern made such a difference to how I feel about this skirt. I am so pleased with the comfortable, flattering fit (unlike the first version) and this skirt has already been worn multiple times. The fabric was an eBay find. The stripes are actually unevenly placed along the length of the fabric so there was a fair amount of wastage whilst I tried to find the best placement of stripes on my body. See here for a picture of what I mean.

Simplicity 1591 striped sequin skirt worn with Simplicity 8014 silk button up shirt

Here are the adjustments that I made:

  • I took 0.5 inches out of the front princess seams at the waist, and also at the corresponding place on the front facing
  • I took an extra 0.5 inches at the back waist dart and also at the corresponding place on the back facing
  • I did a 1 inch full bum adjustment
  • I did a 6/8ths inch full tummy adjustment
  • This skirt has a full lining with facing and an invisible side zipper.

Nothing else to say other than very happy to have this one in my wardrobe.

Simplicity 1591 striped sequin skirt worn with Simplicity 8014 silk button up shirt

Now on to the second skirt which I want to love, but I know is just not right for me. This is Simplicity 8746, which is a relatively new release.

Simplicity 8746 red crepe asymmetric wrap skirt – worn with Simplicity 8454 snake print top
Simplicity 8746 red crepe asymmetric wrap skirt – worn with Simplicity 8454 snake print top

I am just going to dive straight in with a pattern review so you can read my issues with this pattern.

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

These Misses’ wrap skirts are available in multiple lengths and feature D-ring closings to allow the skirt to drape perfectly from your waist. Great for plaids!

I cut view E and added the piece from view C to get the asymmetric front. For reference I am 5’3″ and view C was a maxi length on me.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22.

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

For the most part, yes. I feel the fit of mine is off.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I want to like this pattern. I have worn it, and I daresay it might be worn a few more times. But the fit is off, for me. I have found with the last couple of Simplicity patterns that I have sewn which involve A-line type skirts that the high hip/ bum area is quite snug on me. This is probably totally to do with my body shape and the way the Simplicity patterns are drafted. But this particular skirt: it feel likes there just isn’t enough room in the front. The front wrap part is not hanging straight and, inspite of me doing a full bum adjustment, the side seams are straining forward. Also, the skirt doesn’t feel that secure with the D ring fastening: you need to be careful otherwise there is potential for wardrobe malfunction!

Fabric Used:

Polyester crepe.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • 1 inch full bum adjustment which brought in a back waist dart
  • I ended up taking 0.25 inch seam allowances at the high hip. I have adjusted the pattern pieces and waistband for next time.
  • For next time (if I make this again) I have done a 1 inch full tummy adjustment.

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

I am not sure if I will make this again. We are all different body shapes: give this is a try and see if it works for you.

Conclusion:

It’s fun and flirty but this is a so-so one for me.

I have one more finished item blog post to put up and if I can do a year review I will!

Until soon.

Simplicity 8746 red crepe asymmetric wrap skirt – worn with Simplicity 8454 snake print top. Kezia wearing a skirt I made from the remnant fabric copied from a RTW skirt.

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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

6 thoughts on “OOP Simplicity 1591 and Simplicity 8746: DIY Striped Sequin Pencil Skirt and DIY Red Crepe Wrap Skirt

  1. that sequin skirt is fantastic, what a fun item to wear. I just made an older Simplicity skirt – not super satisfied with the shape and wish I had used a different old Simplicity tried and true pattern. Well, sometimes that happens! so I know what you mean. But that striped one – wow, love it.

    1. Thanks Beth: I have been lusting over all the sequins I have seen in the shops this year (RTW)….I am wishing I had made something even more eye catching! lol, there’s always next year.

  2. All three skirts are lovely and fun. It’s a shame your red wrap doesn’t feel right because it looks fantastic. It looks like it has an ultra good design to subtly hang slightly asymmetrically: it truly does look better than good. But no one wants to feel like their clothes are falling off or crawling around. The mother-daughter look is darling.

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