Simplicity 8211 skirt | A lesson in sizing

Simplicity 8211 skirt | A lesson in sizing

First things first I’d like to establish the angle I’m writing this post from. I’m a beginner sewer with enthusiasm that isn’t quite matched by skill. I’ve made a lot of ‘things’ but this is my first foray into making clothes so this review is the opinion of a humble beginner who hopes to one day be good enough to make all of the fancy things.


I chose this pattern as I thought a skirt would be super easy… turns out I was a little wrong… Not only had I chosen a skirt with gathers, I’d chosen one with pockets and an invisible zip.

I found the physical construction of the skirt fairly easy but struggled with the way the instructions were written. Half way through making the pockets I gave up trying to untangle the instructions and just did my own thing. They actually turned out pretty well!

As for the zip… well let’s just say it isn’t very invisible but that’s ok as the gathers cover it enough not to notice.

Overall, I like the look of the skirt and if you are used to reading patterns then I’d say it would be fine. I just wish I hadn’t got so hung up on what size to make and had made a bigger size! I would like to make another but will make a few other items with simpler instructions before I come back to it. The fabric is from Flo-Jo Fabrics in Bristol which I really recommend. They were so helpful there and took me through everything I needed for the pattern.

I’m thinking of going on a course in the new year to learn how to sew darts, invisible zips and all that fun stuff properly. Do you have any suggestions for beginners courses in London? I’d love to hear about your experiences of course you’ve been on.



  1. November 25, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I think your skirt turned out lovely! Especially considering you’re a beginner. Patterns can be so tricky, but what a beautiful skirt!

    • November 25, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Thank you Elana, that’s so kind of you. I do love it even if I did go a bit off piste!

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