Sunday, October 16, 2011

Simplicity 2154 view D: 60's retro pencil skirt done

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I was inspired by Elizabeth and her orange skirt over at Sewn, and decided to sew up a corduroy skirt of my own.  Joann's didn't have any orange corduroy, so I went with this blue number instead.  I can't wait to wear it to work tmw, albeit with a long sleeved shirt and maybe stockings.  (The shirt is from JCPenney 2 summers ago)
Simplicity 2154 view D done
It's Simplicity 2154 view D, the pencil skirt from their 1960's retro collection.  I picked up the pattern at the ASE in the lower size range, then thought I'd need the 16 for the skirt, so I bought it at the 99cent pattern sale at Joann's on Columbus Day (a nice little post-work excursion).
Simplicity 2154
I made it out of a beautiful blue corduroy from Joann's, which I also purchased Monday night.  This fabric never hit the stash closet!
Simplicity 2154 view D done
I wanted to show you the skirt with my shoes, but the lighting here is bad...but you get the idea.  (I happened to go back to Sears today and buy the shoes in the other 2 colors):
Simplicity 2154 view D done
This skirt is a simple pencil skirt but I love it because it actually is at waist level.  It also has 8 darts and while I'm not a dart-lover, I do like the shaping it provides....no swayback fitting problems here!
Simplicity 2154 view D done
Bad back shot. I realized after taking this picture that the zipper was not zipped up all the way.
Simplicity 2154 view D done
I moved the zipper to the center back seam.  I did this mainly because I wound up having to take in the side seams and it's easier for me to do that without the zipper in the fitting way.  So the skirt is more like a 14 now.   I also used an invisible zipper. I was so afraid of them before but now I love them.  This is my third garment with an invisible zip.
Simplicity 2154 view D done
I also had this idea that back vents were hard to do?  This was actually pretty easy.  I cut three inches off the bottom of the skirt, so the vent isn't as long as it could have been.
Simplicity 2154 view D done
 On my monitor, the picture above is the truest to the actual fabric color, a very pretty blue.

I did the hem twice, and as I used my surgical seam ripper to efficiently rip out the seam, it also efficiently ripped a hole in my skirt, which I think I salvaged with some fusible interfacing.  Otherwise this skirt will get shorter by another 5/8 or so....

I also cooked today.  Here's chicken cordon bleu with a honey mustard sauce from Cook This Not That, and cantelope chunks (my dinner).  The sauce is made with 1/2 a lemon, which I forgot....went back to the grocery store tonight for the lemon.  I love using the lemon squeezer:
chicken cordon bleu from cook this not that and cantelope chunks
I also made the summer vegetable soup.  All was looking ok-ish here:
summer soup
But I guess the milk curdled!   That's the first time that's ever happened to me.  I think it's still edible? Any thoughts on that?
summer soup
Farmer's Mkt flowers for this week:
farmer's mkt flowers 10/15/11
I went to my favorite bakery yesterday for some treats. YUM.
La Bon goodness
I think I'm writing my 100th pattern review tonight, about Simplicity 2054, both the articulated and unarticulated versions.
(ETA:  My 100th pattern review is posted now!)
my 100th pattern review!
Be well and good night!

13 comments:

  1. The skirt looks great!! I'm hoping to get some sewing done during fall break, unfortunately it's a shirt I started over the summer! Your soup is still good, it just separated.

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  2. What a great new fall skirt! Love the color blue!

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  3. Definitely the soup is still good. your skirt is awesome and you made the right decision to put the skirt at cb. My skirt with side zip has made me want to quit sewing altogether.

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  4. I'll chime in and say the skirt looks great - such a good fit! Also your soup is fine. You might want to add a little cornstarch (1tsp) mixed with 1/4 cup cold water to it and mix well. It might help it come back together. Regardless it will taste just fine.

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  5. Great skirt, there are several in my Fall line up too. Contrats on your 100th review.

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  6. What a super skirt. Hope you enjoy wearing it today. Perfect with winter, paried with tights. Love vegetable soup!

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  7. Great skirt! It looks extremely slimming on you, and I'm sure will match a ton of stuff.

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  8. great looking skirt, love the color and corduroy says autumn to me. Glad you were able to use my tips on invisible zippers :)

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  9. Great skirt - I love it's classic fitted shape. That fabric is beautiful, it's such a beautiful shade of blue - I can see why you had to get it made up as soon as you purchased it!

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  10. Simplicity 2154 was my Easter suit when I was 15. Mine was Cantaloupe colored, and I wore white gloves and a pill box hat. Too funny... Your choice of blue is beautiful, and corduroy is comfortable and classic. Good to see that they have reissued the pattern. Aren't invisible zippers the best!!! Don't worry about the hole... a little fray check on the back and fusible interfacing over that, and no one will ever know.

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  11. Very nice! You did a great job with this skirt. It looks fab.

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  12. When that pattern first came out I loved the look but thought I'd only be buying it for the blouse (I have many skirt patterns) so I passed on it. But now that I've seen your skirt I might pick it up at the next $.99 sale. Great fit and I love all of the darts. And doesn't Joann have some great colored corduroys? I could live in corduroy jeans/trousers all winter!

    Hey, show us a picture of the shoes anyway, they must be something special to buy them in other colors.

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