29 Jun MEMADE: Simplicity 8606 Gingham Ruffle Wrap Skirt
Inspired by the ruffle wrap skirt trend, I knew I have to make one for the summer. I’m very taken with this Simplicity 8606 pattern. This wrap skirt comes with various length with or without ruffle.
Fabric & Haberdashery
The corded gingham fabric is from Minerva Crafts and I bought 4m of it. The pattern doesn’t require this much but I plan to make a top for the ensemble. The fabric is a bit sheer for skirts, so I’ve made an extra lining from my stash.
Pattern & Fit
Perhaps I’m too used to sewing indie patterns, somehow I find the Big 4 patterns instructions are not as clear as indie ones. There were quite a lot of pieces for a skirt it but was interesting that the ruffle was cut on a bias almost in a swirl pattern. I suppose this will give more movement and subtle to the ruffle than a gathered one. I traced the pattern out (apart from the waist tie) and this is the part I don’t enjoy doing the most!
I made a size 16 which is closest to my size, it fits a little small, but that’s okay because there’s enough wrap you can manoeuvre with.
Construction and Alterations
The only alteration I had was made extra anti-static lining as the fabric was a bit sheer. I took the back and front skirt panels duplicate with the lining fabric and just sandwich all with the waistband. The ruffle marking isn’t clear or I’ve missed the mark, it didn’t match as pattern suggested but it looked fine at the end.
Lessons & Techniques Learned
Cutting ruffle on a bias spiral.
I love this skirt! I wish I made it last year when gingham was trendy.
Do you sew with the Big 4? Do you like their instructions? Do you prefer sewing indie or Big 4 patterns?