Simplicity 0462 (2258) — Done!
I got up early this morning to sew the last few stitches and hem my new skirt — Simplicity 0462, also available as 2258, View C. I added several inches to the waistband to make it wider, so I could use 2″ elastic in it. I also sewed the belt with a 1/8″ seam allowance to keep it from becoming too narrow for the wider waistband. The fabric I used was a very smooth, stretchy and lightweight denim I got from the Los Angeles Fabric District some time ago. I was originally going to make jeans with it, but realized the material would be way too flimsy for that. It’s pretty much perfect for this skirt, although the belt added a bit of bulk along the waistline.
I think this looks much better with a wider waistband, and would recommend it with that caveat to advanced beginners. This is a well-drafted pattern — I only ran into two hitches and both are matters of personal preference. Like many Simplicity/New Look patterns, it has a lot of ease, particularly considering that I wanted to make it with a stretch fabric. I cut out my regular size but sewed 3/4″ seams to get the fit I wanted. The belt is also weirdly long. I ended up taking 2.5″ out from each side of the belt, and I could have shortened the wide, decorative part of the ties as well. I probably will make this skirt again or one of the other views — it’s a nice basic pattern, although I think I’ll make it without the ties next time. I might experiment with using woven fabric for the body and knit fabric with drawstring elastic for the waistband, since this style would lend itself to a more sporty look.