Taking a Skirt from Cartoony to Edgy in 3 Easy Steps

I finished a new iteration of the Cynthia Rowley-designed Simplicity 8058. It’s all edgy instead of cartoony now. Here’s the before and after:

Seriously, I feel like this skirt went from something you’d find in Smurfette’s dowdy sister’s closet to a kick-ass boardroom power skirt. I made three major changes to get to this look.

  1. Instead of the cartoony big buttons and the protruding center-front panel, I made added a buckle and made the panel even with the rest of the waistband.
  2. I shortened it a bit and pegged the sides gradually, to 2 inches at the hem, for a sexier pencil shape.
  3. I made this in a high-quality sober gray heathered ponte and silver zipper instead of that blue crap.

The buckle detail required me to make a piece of belting 3 inches by 14 inches, sewn with some stiff non-stretch interfacing, turned and topstitched, then centered on the front panel. It was a bit of a job to line it up and get it tight enough that it didn’t sag, yet not so tight that it would warp that center panel.


I am delighted with this! I can’t wait for cooler weather so I can wear it to work and kick some ass.

Author: shoes15

I live in Connecticut, USA with my husband and my dog, in an old house outfitted with a sewing room, a garden, an orchard, and a big liquor cabinet.

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