Simplicity 8612: The Wrap Skirt
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Long time no sew friends! I decided to break my sewing dry spell with a garment that's the easiest of easy, a wrap skirt. I used Simplicity 8612. This is the first Ashley Nell Tipton pattern I've ever sewn and overall I was pretty pleased with the way everything fits together. I really loved her collection on project runway and was excited to see that she's been doing a pattern collection with simplicity. I used a fabric from my stash that I can't for the life of me remember where I got it from or the fabric content. It's very drapey and my best guess would be that it's a rayon blend. I used about 3 yards of 58" wide fabric. I'm really trying to work my way through stashed fabrics before buying more. Eventually, I'd like to just buy fabric as I need it and not even have a stash- which I know the idea of is making some of my fellow sewists itchy. I'm just over the craft hoarding. If it's not getting used what's the point in keeping it?
I sewed view B and made no alterations. In the photos I'm wearing it with some faux leather slides and a white Rachel Roy off the shoulder blouse. Fun fact, my husband HATES this top. Every time I ask him to explain the hate, I just get the "it's terrible" response. I, on the other hand, love it. I don't mind skirting the line between disgust and love fashion wise though, I'd rather invoke a feeling one way or the other visually. Also, I'll definitely keep wearing it until I stop loving it. The measurements on the sizes for this pattern have some measurements that include half inches. I don't know if this a traditional plus size way to measure, but I remember seeing on a lot of my vintage plus size or petite patterns. My waist measurement which is a number that includes a half inch was right on the pattern. It was kind of cool to see my exact measurement on a size chart. If I made it again I would probably add an inch or so to the front panel, they sit a bit short of perfectly flush when the skirt is wrapped and tied. It's a very easy sew and the construction steps made sense to me.
I can see myself making this again. Maybe I'll make view B again in a neutral color? I think that would be a great wardrobe building piece. The mini skirt view looks fun too. I don't think view A would be the most flattering as I'm not huge on tea length- but it could be fun on a longer legged lady! It felt great to sew something, I'm excited to make a bit more time this year for my hobbies. I also have some video footage of the construction of the skirt. If that interests you guys I'd be happy to post a youtube video- let me know in the comments below!