Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The short, longer, longest skirt. A pattern review of Simplicity 2449

Simplicity 2449 three skirts in one Sharon Sews blogThree skirts in one.

As long as you don't mind a little fussing to switch from short to longer to longest.

Simplicity 2449 is the pattern used to sew this skirt. At my son's benefit one of his friends had on a skirt similar to this. I knew I wanted to make one as soon as I saw hers. I remember sewing a dress with a hemline like this back in the early 90s from a McCall's NYNY pattern so I knew how to achieve that cloud effect.

However, turns out Simplicity had released a skirt pattern with the exact hemline treatment I was looking for. So I parted ways with my 99 cents (plus tax) and brought the pattern home with me.

The ten panel skirt is simple to sew. It's nice and full too. So you'll want to hem this baby with your machine.

Simplicity 2449 skirt Sharon Sews blogIf you're one of those sewers who doesn't care much for sewing in zippers you'll be thrilled to know this skirt actually has an elastic waist. One inch wide elastic is inserted into a wide bias casing. Personally I thought it was a fitted yoke so I'm on the fence as to whether or not I like the waistline. But it sure does have comfy in its favor!

The cloud effect is achieved with ties secured to the seam allowances on the inside of the skirt. How tight or loose you tie the ties will determine how short the skirt becomes.

For instance, if you like the short look as shown here...

... you would tie the inside ties tightly, as shown here.


If you like a little longer look as shown here...

... you would tie the inside ties a little looser, as shown here.


Finally, if you like the look of a full long skirt, as shown here...

... you would tie the inside ties together making sure not to pull up the skirt fabric, as shown here. You do have to tie the ties for this look as the ties hang down below the hemline otherwise.

As you can see it's a pretty versatile skirt. I like the longer cloud effect version the best.

Even knowing my husband is thinking "It's not normal to wear a skirt like that. It looks like you got your skirt caught in something and need to pull it out." But I still love him.

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22 comments:

  1. That is soooooo kewl! Loving it!

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  2. LOL about your husbands comment!! I love the look of the skirt but I had that nagging thought in the back of my mind too...LOL!!! I may have to part with my own 99 cents

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  3. Super stylin' & LMAO @ hubby! Thanks to you, I need this skirt.

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  4. Hmm..Please don't think me rude, but I'm with your husband. Having said that it IS an interesting concept and VERY well sewn. I like it worn at the shortest length.

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  5. Reminds me of my petticoat bathroom curtain!

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  6. Fun! I sure wish I had thought of using ties when I made a bridesmaid dress last year with a skirt like this!

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  7. The skirt looks great! very versatile!

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  8. I never would have thought to add this technique to a regular skirt ( the ties that is). This is a technique that we use to bustle wedding gowns, called "pick-ups". I think it's clever; functional and versatile. Great job!

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  9. Nice ! Yep - I need this one too - the long version and the longer cloud version would be my choices

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  10. I sewed this a few months ago and I ALWAYS get compliments when I wear it. it's a great skirt! I often wear mine with a big wide belt so if you're not loving the elastic waist, toss on a belt :)

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  11. That skirt is so neat. All three lengths look great on you. And it would be a wonderfully versatile piece in a travel wardrobe. Your DH sounds like mine. He just doesn't get garment with different "non traditional" styling.

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  12. great skirt....how versatile!

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  13. I love this skirt! Three in one.

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  14. That's a great skirt. And, very clever! Love it!

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  15. Very clever and cute!

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  16. I'm not sure if it's one I'd wear myself, but it looks great on you! I think I like the shortest length best, actually....kind of the look of a bubble skirt without actually being a bubble skirt. Normally I'd like the longest view the best, but I'd want it even longer, like a full-length skirt.

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  17. I didn't realize that it was so versatile. You did a great job.

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  18. did you make that cardigan???? If so I must have the pattern. It is lovely:) Great job on the skirt I love it.

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  19. Sadly this adorable little cardigan was not something I made. It was purchased two months ago at the Marshall's store in the Mall of America.

    But, it's basically a short cardigan with a curved front hem with a ruffle trim. It closes with one hook and eye in the front.

    I'll post some photos and see if I can find a pattern suggestion.

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  20. Have you already try to knot only a side?

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  21. How wide can you make the elastic to fit the yoke? I would like a fitted yoke and was wondering what width of elastic to use. I'm hoping to make this skirt in the next few days. Thanks for the blog!!

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    1. Paige, I used 1" wide elastic - but the way the yoke is designed you could use wider - probably up to 3".

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