simplicity 2312: end of the year UFO parade, day 2

image from the vintage patterns wiki

pattern:  simplicity 2312, skirt portion only.  great 1930s classic i picked up from stitches & loops a while back, because how do you ever have enough 30s-style bias skirts?


time in area 51:  9+ months

excuses:  none.  i cut the fashion fabric, a gorgeous, black drapey wonder from paron’s annex, as well as the lining–leftover crepe-de-chine–in one night on the marble entryway of my sewing studio parents’ house.  i even cut out the waistband and some interfacing to complete it.  i assembled the skirt, only two pieces, in an evening and did the lining as well.  (with french seams, thank you very much!)  i put off the waistband for a day or two because even with margaret islander’s “burrito” method i still hate constructing a waistband.  the only reason i do it is because i prefer the look of it versus a tacked-down facing.  the waistband is a bit of a tragedy, but black fabric hides many sins.  the zipper screams “home sewer” but again, black fabric to the rescue.  then i marked the hem and it sat, untouched, on a hangar until last week.



how i finished it:  it was on my FNSI to-do list.  i was sick of looking at it and i needed the skirt.

worth the wait:  yes, because the skirt is so perfect and so classic and so drapey that it’s a perfect staple to have on hand.  also, i love finally having a nice black skirt with a waist that sits at my actual, natural waist.  RTW skirts always dangle precariously off my hips, which for a while i thought was stylistically appropriate.  still, there is stylistically appropriate low waist and then there is hanging-off-your-hips-because-it-is-still-too-big low waist.  my skirts are all the latter.  so now i have a perfect skirt to go with, for example, my problem children 1930s tops.


i’ve also done a version in a cool, summery cynthia steffe printed cottony-lineny thing that has some issues but will still, i think, be a keeper.  yet somehow, i finished this one during the summer in about 2 or 3 days.  hmmm…

Pattern Description:
Simplicity 2312; ca. 1930s; Misses’ and Women’s Blouse and Skirt. The blouse has a built-up neckline, turned back to form revers and gathers below the shoulder yoke. The sleeves may be long or short and the optional peplum may be in either of two lengths. The bias-cut skirt is circular and may be made in street or evening length.

Pattern Sizing:
sz 12/34B

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
bias-cut skirt. the end. the bows on the blouse are pretty cute, too, but i haven’t gone there yet. the whole concept as drawn on the envelope was very appealing, and i fell hard.

Fabric Used:
i think it was wool sateen from paron annex, NYC
crepe-de-chine lining from mood fabrics, NYC

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
i shortened it, but not even that much. when i first started making the skirt, i didn’t know how i would put pleats or other design interest in the hem, so it is a straight hem skirt just at the knee.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
it’s a classic 30s look that is super-wearable today. i will make it again, and i am sure others will too. also, i find the higher waist of the vintage pattern both more comfortable and more flattering than a modern skirt.

Conclusion:
great pattern, great look.

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