Simplicity 8612: The Wrap Skirt

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Long time no sew friends! I decided to break my sewing dry spell with a garment that’s the easiest of easy, a wrap skirt. I used Simplicity 8612. This is the first Ashley Nell Tipton pattern I’ve ever sewn and overall I was pretty pleased with the way everything fits together. I really loved her collection on project runway and was excited to see that she’s been doing a pattern collection with simplicity. I used a fabric from my stash that I can’t for the life of me remember where I got it from or the fabric content. It’s very drapey and my best guess would be that it’s a rayon blend. I used about 3 yards of 58″ wide fabric.  I’m really trying to work my way through stashed fabrics before buying more. Eventually, I’d like to just buy fabric as I need it and not even have a stash- which I know the idea of is making some of my fellow sewists itchy. I’m just over the craft hoarding. If it’s not getting used what’s the point in keeping it? 

I sewed view B and made no alterations. In the photos I’m wearing it with some faux leather slides and a white Rachel Roy off the shoulder blouse. Fun fact, my husband HATES this top. Every time I ask him to explain the hate, I just get the “it’s terrible” response. I, on the other hand, love it. I don’t mind skirting the line between disgust and love fashion wise though, I’d rather invoke a feeling one way or the other visually. Also, I’ll definitely keep wearing it until I stop loving it.  The measurements on the sizes for this pattern have some measurements that include half inches. I don’t know if this a traditional plus size way to measure, but I remember seeing on a lot of my vintage plus size or petite patterns. My waist measurement which is a number that includes a half inch was right on the pattern. It was kind of cool to see my exact measurement on a size chart.  If I made it again I would probably add an inch or so to the front panel, they sit a bit short of perfectly flush when the skirt is wrapped and tied. It’s a very easy sew and the construction steps made sense to me. 

I can see myself making this again. Maybe I’ll make view B again in a neutral color? I think that would be a great wardrobe building piece. The mini skirt view looks fun too. I don’t think view A would be the most flattering as I’m not huge on tea length- but it could be fun on a longer legged lady! It felt great to sew something, I’m excited to make a bit more time this year for my hobbies. I also have some video footage of the construction of the skirt. If that interests you guys I’d be happy to post a youtube video- let me know in the comments below! 

5 thoughts on “Simplicity 8612: The Wrap Skirt

  1. I tried to make this pattern in view B (added 3 inches) three times and I couldn’t get it to look nearly as flattering on me as it does on you! I might have to try again because it looks amazing on you!

  2. This skirt looks amazing and I would love to see a video tutorial on home to construct this lovely piece. I am a total newbie to sewing garments have not sewn since I was in Home Ec and I am now 52. I am a visual learner so I love the tutorials. Will this work with cotton because like I said I am so new to sewing and that seems the easiest fabric for me.? Thanks in advance for providing aide to those who are new to sewing. You are so pretty and love your style. My measurements are 40 37 46-47 what size should I cut out? I have a pouchy stomach. Thanks

    1. Hi Denise! Thanks for your lovely comment. I’ll be posting a video on construction, probably not quite as thorough as a tutorial but for a visual learner, it certainly couldn’t hurt! I always recommend checking out the finished garment measurements on the back of the pattern envelope so you can get a better idea of what the sizing is like with the wearing ease. Cotton would work for this- it’s listed on suggested fabrics on the back of the pattern. Quilting cottons are very easy to work with.

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