Pattern Description: Simplicity 7881 (OOP c 1997). From back: “straight skirt in two lengths has back zipper”. Variations include accessories, slit placement. I made view A, with modifications.
Fabric: Italian all silk jacquard weave brocade from Emma One Sock (still some left as of this writing). The lining is silk crepe de chine, also from Emma One Sock.
Pattern Sizing: Size H 6, 8, 10. I’m approaching a size 14, so I added a quarter inch to each side seam (1/2 inch total each side) and sewed 3/8″ seams.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, mostly
Instructions? fine, I think. Didn’t really follow them.
What do you like or dislike about the pattern? Just a basic skirt with straight lines, amenable to all kinds of changes.
Pattern alterations or design changes? Increased the size to roughly a size 14. Underlined the skirt with silk CDC to add a lining and protect the jacquard weave from wear and tear. Inserted an invisible zipper. Shortened the skirt to midi length (about 3-4 inches below the knee). Interfaced the waist facing with pro-weft medium fusible facing from Fashion Sewing Supply. Made a slit opening in back instead of a flap/vent.
Would you sew again? Recommend? Sure. This is my second take. I made E before – several years ago and still love it. It’s a bit 90s in feel, so alter to update.
Conclusions? A basic straight skirt. It’s not lined, the only drawback. But quick and easy. It’s very orange, so I’ve paired it with a navy silk DVF jersey top. I also wear navy kitten heels. A bit dressy, but school colors. (The fabric will wrinkle. Photos taken after being worn, and tossed aside for a couple weeks. I only lightly pressed it again. And yes, this was started in December, finished early January – life was/is crazy lately).