Excluding penguins and tote bags (which when I first started sewing I loved mindlessly churning out), the Simplicity 2451 skirt is my most frequently made project to date, and this weekend I've added a new one to the collection.
I did debate whether it was worth blogging this skirt as I've already blogged the same pattern in both 2013 and 2014. But in back-tracking through my archive to see my past commentaries, it was actually quite interesting to compare and contrast the outcomes. Also comparing and contrasting the weather was quite interesting too! This was last year's blog photo almost exactly a year ago in snowy, sub-zero Montreal:
It was just a mere 30 degrees warmer when I photographed the latest skirt in California this weekend (!!):
Apart from swapping my snow boots for sunglasses, there are a few other differences between the two skirts. Like I now appreciate why it's often worth ditching the sewing machine and taking the time to hand sew the hemline to get a neater finish, so my latest version benefits from that. The insides are also now a lot neater and more professional-looking too. Last year I was too ashamed of the messy interior to even show a photo on my blog, but now I can proudly present some of my nicely serged inside seams:
As well as some differences, there are definitely also some similarities between the two skirts as well. Like the ridiculously cheap price-tag of the fabrics. Last year I celebrated scoring the striped red fabric for $5 CAD from my local haberdashery in Montreal, and this year thanks to a lucky find at Scrap San Francisco my denim fabric (which reminds me of the Tetris game I used to love playing on Game Boys) came in even cheaper than that :)
Another similarity is that both have a strange fitting issue at the back. On last year's skirt I reported a mystery diamond shaped crease at the top:
|Back view of 2014 skirt|
This year it's slightly less perceptible, and not in quite such an obvious diamond formation, but there is definitely still some excess fabric at the back:
|Back view of new skirt|
Interestingly on Scruffy Badger's blog yesterday she reported a similar fit issue with the back of her latest Simplicity 2451 and the general consensus from her readers in the comments seemed to be that a 'sway back adjustment' might resolve it. So hopefully when I make my next version of this I can look into that further.
Going back one more year in time to my 2013 skirt, the differences are even more stark as that was made with my sewing teacher Mili supervising each and every stage, and without me so much as even glancing at the pattern instructions or figuring out a single thing for myself, so at least I've progressed a bit since then anyway!
So is anyone else a fan of this pattern? Or has anyone delved into their blog archives recently?! I found it equal parts interesting and cringing when I did! Anyone else used to love playing Tetris on the Game Boy?! Any other thoughts/comments very welcome :)