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Pattern Reviews: Simplicity 2892 + 'Cute Skirts'

Simplicity 2892 is a pretty easy top with lots of variations.  I chose View D and used this printed linen blend. I cut a size 8, even though I typically wear a 4-6 for tops. This was according to the pattern guidelines for bust size (34), but I still thought it was gapey under the arms (I am really narrow), so I took in the seams a bit just under the arms and that made a big difference. 

simplicity 2892

I really like the neckline (plenty of coverage, but not stifling).  Oh, and I sewed the bias tape on the wrong side but decided I liked it anyway and left it. 

simplicity 2892

If I were to do this one again (and I might), I wouldn't use a large print like this, even though the model on the package was.  The print takes away from the gathered yoke and small ruffle inset.  See?

simplicity 2892

I kind of wish I had done this one in a solid colored weave of sorts.  It was pretty easy, although there is a lot of gathering.  I have a ruffler attachment for my machine, but I didn't use it on this one.  Gathering up all that fabric, on a curve, was most the work. 

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And then there is the Cute Skirts pattern.  My new fave.  I WILL make this one again.  And again.  I just love it.  No zippers.  Nice flair.  Several variations.  Easy to cut.  Easy to piece.  Sold.  I wear a 4 skirt and cut this one as a 6, according to the hip guidelines.  Good fit.   A lot of reviewers have said they would lengthen it if they did it again, but I shortened mine because I'm only 5'2" or so.    This skirt did not use the gores or flounce options (I did not have enough fabric). 

(I bought my pattern from SewMamaSew, but it's sold out... you can also find it here, here, and here.)

There is a wrinkle in the front from laying on my clothes pile last night.  It is not sewn in!  This looks worse the more I stare at it.  Ack.   Also, dirty mirror.

"Cute Skirts", paneled skirt pattern

I traced my pattern pieces onto sturdier paper because I knew I'd make this again, but also because you have to cut eight panels.   I'm glad I did.  I don't normally do that, but I can see why people do. 

In hindsight, I wish I had top-sewn my panel seams.  I did it on the two sides, where it matches up(because no one needs extra fabric poking out on their hips).  But once I hemmed the skirt, the rest of the seams flattened out ok it is hangs really well.  This polka dot fabric is Spot Lilac from Kaffe Fassett and it has a medium weight.  I had bought it for Fidget but had to steal it for myself once it arrived and I saw it in person.  It's lovely.  I was able to use 1.5 yards, measuring carefully.  ;)


Joanne (The Simple Wife)

Hooray for new clothes--especially handmade ones that fit and look even cuter than the pattern!


I'd so love to see the details on this in a solid color. The style is great.
I was pumped to buy the skirt pattern but it's sold out. :(


I have that top pattern, but wasn't really sold on it. I loke your version, makes me want to revisit that pattern. I LOVE your skirt. Last year I made a couple of those skirts and loved them then. Yet another pattern I need to pull out!! Thanks for the inspiration!


you are so talented. i love them both so much! i am terrified to sew clothing. i'm self taught and therefore, not always perfectly accurate!


These are fantastic. I'm a bit nervous about sewing clothes but you've inspired me to have a go!


They both are beautiful. I just picked out some fabric to make that same top. I really like how yours turned out. I am sure you will get a lot of use out of that cute skirt. Lisa


I love both of them :-) Any skirt pattern without a zipper and I'm sold!




You've turned out some beautiful garments there! I'm not brave enough for ruffles (yet).


First of all, that shirt is cute as can be. I love those gathers.

Second, that is the skirt I made a size 14 in! (or was it a 12?) I don't know. I'm happy that yours fit you. Maybe if mine fit, I would be inclined to make another one ...

Mary Smith

What an adorable skirt! It looks great on you!


The blouse and skirt look very nice!

PS: Hello! I'm new here! Got here from Joanne's (The Simple Wife) blog (:


Oh I love that shirt! Very, very cute. And the skirt too!


The top is really cute! Seeing yours makes me want to make that view. Thanks for sharing!


Wow, that top is gorgeous, I love your village dress!!! I love the fact that you share the fabric names and where to buy!! I dont know how many hours I spend scrolling through trying to find the fabric I have seen online... best go keep reading.. My daughters are 7 and 5- Im thinking I better learn some serious negotiation techniques in the near future..

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