For my fourth project I made a denim skirt for the letter D. I have a favorite light blue, above the knee denim skirt which I bought at a thrift store many years ago. It’s looking tatty now though, so I thought I’d try to recreate it.
I chose Simplicity 5149 for my pattern. I bought this pattern quite a while ago but never used it – it’s from 2004 and it’s now out of print. Score 1 for pattern stash busting! The fabric I used is a faded black denim with a bit of stretch. The fabric was a required purchase for a sewing class I took many, many years ago. But since we only made it through producing the muslin in class, I never used the denim for the jeans skirt we were supposed to end up with. Score 2 for fabric stash busting! I like this simple skirt style and I wonder why this pattern is now out of print.
The skirt really fits me well, which is a rare find in a skirt pattern for me. I originally cut a size 14 and then recut the skirt down to a 12. So perhaps the reason I have problems with fit is that I rely on the pattern sizing measurements too much. I should probably be flat measuring the tissue instead and choosing my size based on that measurement. I also increased the skirt length by an inch. Unless you’re Tina Turner, once you’re over a certain age, micro mini-skirts are a no-go.
I only had a few small problems with the pattern, which I chalk up to lack of skill on my part rather than design defects. The skirt has a zipper, which if there is a hell, IMO, it will be chock full of zippers I’ll be forced to install. One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 is to learn to sew a zipper I’m not ashamed of! So far I’m not there yet… So my zipper is kind of wonky on this skirt. One of the mistakes I made was serging the side seam edges (including the opening where the zipper goes), before I installed the zipper, which was dumb. But I learned not to do that, which hopefully will help my next zipper installation go more smoothly.
I like this skirt except for the wonky zipper installation. I’m thinking Simplicity 5149 might become a TNT skirt pattern for me! I’ve already cut a second one out in a size 12 from a red denim animal print fabric, which should be interesting to say the least. I’m determined to take a second whack at that zipper installation and get it right this time!
I liked lapped zippers and they’re easy to do. Yes let’s work on zippers! So have you made more than one, or waiting to perfect the zipper?
It’s right there, you made one in red. But what’s TNT ?
Hi Jill, Wow you’re up early for a Sunday! I’m actually hoping to perfect (or at least improve) my zipper application on the next version of this skirt.
Thanks, for this question, I should have explained this in the post. TNT stands for tried and true, meaning a pattern you’ve tried that fits true. It’s also used to describe a pattern you like so much that fits so well you will be using it almost as a master pattern, comparing untried patterns to it for sizing and fit.