Monday, July 25, 2011

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2410

Whilest I am in the middle of a few long, intense projects, I thought I would share another one of my early projects, Simplicity 2410.

I don't often wear skirts, but my sister does, and this was one of the first things I sewed for her.  She picked out the fabric from the red tags at Joann a little over a year ago, and I stitched it up shortly after.  She still wears it, so I guess it ended up working out pretty well!

Here are some pictures of the skirt (pardon the wrinkles - these were snapped after the skirt had been worn all day and, well, it's cotton, so wrinkles are somewhat inevitable):

The front

The back
Zipper - one of my best early zipper insertions
Fabric close-up!
And my official pattern review:

Pattern Description: A-line skirt in two length - one with a ruffle and one without.  I made view B - the skirt without the ruffle.

Pattern Sizing: (8-10-12-14-16-18).  It is nice that all of the sizing comes in one envelope, however, it does limit the size range somewhat.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes indeed!  This is from the "It's So Easy" Simplicity series, and it was very simple to put together.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope once you were done with it?  Yes, I think so.  I did use a boarder print type cotton (the edge scalloped with embroidery) so I did not have to hem and this changes the shape a little bit, but overall it looks a lot like the drawing.

What did you particularly like/dislike about the pattern?  I really like this pattern!  I like the overall style, easy of construction, and the results.  I like that all of the sizes come in one envelope and I like both of the styles included in the envelope.  It is a great style for a summer skirt.  No dislikes.

Fabric used:  Embroidered boarder pattern cotton.  I also used cotton as a lining just to prevent the skirt from being too sheer.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  None, really.  I love sewing for my sister - it is so much easier than sewing for myself.  The only real change I made was not hemming the skirt because of the scalloped embroidery on the bottom.

Would you sew it again?  Would you recommend it to others?  Yes to both!  I would totally sew this again for my sister, and maybe even one for myself.  I might even want to try the A view with the ruffle on the skirt as well.  I think this pattern is great and highly recommend it.

Conclusion:  Love this pattern!  I think it is supper cute and easy to put together.  I also think the style can be quite flattering to many body types as well.  Overall, great pattern.


  1. I'm starting on this skirt (only my second ever sewing project!) and I am so confused on step #2. When it says to stitch the front to side front --- how do I do this? how am i supposed to lay out the fabric pieces? do they lay flat on top of eachother? What side of the front do i pin the side to?

  2. Yay Paula! Welcome to the sewing world. Hopefully this skirt turns out a success, so I will try to helpful as I can with the instructions. I will assume for view B, since that is what I made. If you are making view A, there are a few extra pieces and steps.

    If you are on step #2, by this point you should have:
    -Cut 2 of piece #1 on fold (Front and Back)
    -Cut 4 of piece #2 (Front Side and Back Side)
    -Cut 2 of piece #3 on fold, cut 1 on fold of interfacing (Yoke Front)
    -Cut 2 of piece #4 on fold, cut 1 on fold of interfacing (Yoke Back)
    -Step#1 - Stay Stitched the top of all of the piece #1 (Front and Back) and piece #2 pieces (Side Fronts and Backs)

    Ok, so now for step #2 - "With RIGHT side together, stitch front to side front."

    Basically in this step, you are going to attach piece #2 (called the Side front) to the piece #1 (front). You will be sewing the long straight seams and you want to try to match up the triangle marks. Since you have 4 of the #2 piece, you will attach 2 of them to the front piece #1, one on each side. Since #1 was cut on a fold (and you have 2 of them which are the same) and the #2 pieces are identical, it doesn't really matter which actual pieces you use, as long as you have the sides with the two triangle marks matched up with the front piece. (The sides of piece #2 with one triangle mark will be the actual side seams over your hips).

    I would attach the one piece before attaching the second, rather than pinning them both then sewing. I would lay piece #1 and piece #2 flat with the correct side (the side that will be showing when you wear it) facing in and touching each other. So the wrong side of the fabric will be facing up as you sew. You want to get the side where you will be sewing the seam as flat and straight as possible so you will have a smooth seam.

    After you stich the first seam, you want to attach another #2 piece to the other side of the #1 front piece, in the same way as before. Again, you want the area that will be going under the needle to be as flat and smooth as possible, even if you have to fold or bunch up the parts of the fabric that aren't going under the needle.

    When you get to step #3 you will do the same again and stitch the back side pieces #2 to the back piece #1. At that point front and back will look identical, with 3 pieces sewn together on the front and the back. You then stich the front to the back in the same way - keeping the area you are sewing as flat as possible with the correct sides of the fabric facing in, wrong sides facing out, trying to match the single triangle marks on the side seams. Just make sure on one side (instructions say Left side) you only sew up to the notch and not past it, as this is where the zipper will be going.

    I should also put in a word about pressing the seams - when I first started sewing it seemed like a waste of time, so I didn't, but it really does help a project look more polished, so make sure you press the seams open after you have sewn them.

    Also, as a side note, Steps #4 and #5 only apply to view A, although the instructions don't make that clear, so don't worry abou them if you are making view B.

    Anyway, I hope this was helpful. Really, all you want to do is attach a piece #2 to each side of piece #1. If you have more questions feel free to leave another comment, and best wishes on your skirt!