Sunday, April 3, 2011

Simplicity 4233--Invoking Spring

I had to hurry and finish this skirt after our crazy weather!  It was 71 degrees on Friday and it's been snowing on and off all day today.

After seeing Tanit-Isis and Rebecca with skirts to welcome the season, I thought I'd better help.  Here in Utah, spring needs all the help it can get.

And after seeing Camilla's maxi dress, I knew which fabric I wanted to use.  It's a rayon blend and completely opaque. (A perfect summer skirt)

Enter Simplicity 4233, View D.  It has inverted pleats.  I cut a 16--a size larger than normal for me because I've made this skirt before and depending on exactly how much I weigh, it sits at my waist or on my hips.  This varies week to week:)

I usually add a couple inches to skirts and dresses so I can decide how long I want it later.  As a rule I like knee length skirts, but right now I'm loving the longer length.  
I used this skirt as an excuse to try a hand picked zipper.  I used this how-to.

So pretty!  I might even try the beading on my Easter Dress.

Those of you with more experience than me (most everyone, I'm guessing), even though I butted the fabric together when I pinned it and stitched; the zipper gaps a little when I wear it.  
I'm not stressing the fabric, so do I need to overlap the fabric a little or move the stitches farther out?


  1. I love this skirt! Any fabric left. I bet your mother would love one.

  2. Very springy! I do love colour.

  3. Yes, I commented from work so it came up as OWATC, whatever.

  4. operation comment more!
    what a great print and the longer length looks really well - go you, cos thats hard to pull off :)

  5. I love your skirt! It makes me want to buy more of the fabric to play around with. It fits so well and your zipper is so pretty. The length is perfect.

    I always have zipper puckers, so I'm not the one to ask but I still love the skirt!

  6. Love it! And I love the color of the waistband facing too!

  7. what a great skirt! i ADORE the fabric and your zipper looks so nice and clean. good work :)

  8. Love your skirt, especially the fabric. Can you tell me where I can buy this (preferably online since I live in Europe)?

  9. Thank you for all the sweet comments! @Quinten en Tessel I'm so sorry, I looked for this fabric online and couldn't find it. I got it at Joann fabric in town. If it comes up though, I'll let you know:)

  10. Super darling skirt! Makes me wish I was sewing again!