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.
- 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.
- I shortened it a bit and pegged the sides gradually, to 2 inches at the hem, for a sexier pencil shape.
- 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.