★Coraline Skirt★ Simplicity 2451

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”
— Diana Vreeland
Fabric: Skirt is made of beautiful Irish Linen and the piping, facing and pocket is made out of vintage inspired floral cotton. 
Pattern: Simplicity 2451. Best pattern of 2010 by PR.
Pattern Description: Misses’ skirt sewing patterns, each in two lengths. Easy to Sew Collection. I made View D, the pleated front mini-skirt version.
Year: Modern
Notions: Invisible zipper
Time to complete: 4 hours
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes and better.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy. 
What’s skills: Invisible zipper technique, piping and slash pocket. I found Sewaholic slash pocket tutorial very useful and used her tips.
Did you make any alterations or modifications?  No, this is surely going to be a TNT pattern.
First worn: Jun 2012
Wear again? ( jumping of happiness )Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The front pleas, the pockets, everything. It’s very shape flattening and comfortable. 
Will you make it again?  Yes, for shape D. Not sure I like A or B.
Conclusion: Perfect pattern. It’s comfortable to wear and looks very chic in linen.

Construction photos:

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  • I love this kind of skirt on you Rachel, it really flatters your gorgeous figure! The colour and the piping are perfect too! And yes, I think your new hair is fantastic! Beautiful lady!xx

    • Thank you Marie. Skirts are defiantly the most shape friendly garment for my body type…

  • This skirt is fantastic on you and I love those shoes!!!!!

  • Brilliant skirt.

  • So pretty! I really love the whole ensemble!

    • It was very east to find something to go with this skirt.. so i cannot take credit to much for the matching up x

  • Rachel, Love your new haircut/color..Looks fantastic on you..
    I love your skirt, and adding the little floral piping was an excellent idea.. so pretty
    Looks fantastic on you. Happy sewing.

    • thanks Judy. Small details do make such a big difference on a basic skirt x

  • The skirt is gorgeous love linen in skirts and this one is just perfect. I like the piping and facings too…your hair looks very nice lucky you to have such nice hair…Luv all the pics of the sewing process too…

    • thanks Thereza.. my hair is naturally curly and styling frequently was driving me crazy.. since the shorter length.

  • So, this is the ‘simple’ skirt you hinted to a few days back – looks just stunning on you!!! Great combo of style and colour on the skirt, and colour and cut on your hair…

    • Indeed… Thanks my friend. I seen your version for your daughter and it looks really cute. this is a great pattern x

  • love it! and all the styling to go with it. the fabric combo is great. i love the coral color with the floral details.

    • Thanks Dixie. Coral is such a cute colour and goes well with brunettes like us.

  • Ooooh what a pretty skirt! I love the piping you’ve added and the colour!

    • Thanks Jo. I think pretty really define what i was looking for when making this skirt x

  • I love it! And your new haircut. Actually I also love the shirt….did you make that too?

  • It’s fab Rachel, love everything about it…colour really suits you too. I’ve had this pattern for ages and keep getting side tracked. Must push it higher up my list! Nice seeing construction photos, and your new hair do is gorgeous x

    • Thanks Winnie… Im sure you will make this pattern very beautifully

  • Super cute! Love the colour, length, piping! Its so great!

  • Oh Rachel, what a gorgeous skirt! And you look stunning in those photos. 🙂

    • Thanks Kat, I feel really pretty wearing it so i think it does show on the photos..

  • Rachel, a lovely skirt and the piping and coordinating fabric is so pretty. Love the new hair cut too.

    • Thanks Pauline… having compliments of my 1st attempt on piping and pockets makes me per the moon !

  • Lovely! Great colour and shape. Fab hair too 🙂

  • tulip skirts really suit you, and your new hair is definitely super cute! Thanks for posting all the detailed photos too!

    • Im glad you all liked seeing the construction photos. I always wanted to share this part of the process for my projects but didn’t know how to make interesting .

  • Rach this is lovely. I love the piping details. It makes it look so high end. Its really beautiful.

  • Such a pretty skirt 🙂 I really like the fabric colour.

    • Thanks hun. Im a big fan of bright colours and I couldn’t believe when i found that tuck in on a sales basket.

  • I love this skirt so much, the pattern is just wonderful and you I’d an amazing job ! Loving the hair as well. Thanks for showing construction details as I am looking to make this skirt soon, so additional pics are well received 🙂 excellent work. Xx

    • I really recommend this pattern. Its a breeze to sew. Looking forward to see what fabric you will use. x

  • Oh I LOVE it! I made a little sound of happiness when I saw it! It’s so cheerful but sophisticated – it suits you down to the ground Rachel. And fabulous hair too!

  • Pretty girl wearing a pretty skirt! I love the color, too 🙂

  • Great skirt. I must try this pattern.

  • I made this skirt a couple of weeks ago. I had read about the pattern and thought ‘eh can’t be THAT good’. Picked up a skirt for $1, chopped it up and made it into a new skirt with this pattern. Awesome pattern and I love what you have created – the piping is delightful! Greathair too!

  • Ficou linda a saia Kel!! Adorei, voce fica bem de saia.bjs

    • eu fiquei muito orgulhosa dessa saia.. um projeto basico com 2 tecquinicas novas. devo fazer varias desse pattern. ate a empresa do molde adorou minha saia. !

  • hey what a beaut 🙂 you always make the clothes sing my darling.


  • New hair, new skirt, you look great!

  • I just love your style! It looks fantastic paired with that top, and the color and piping are just divine! What an exceptional piece – I’m excited to see all the versions you’ll make 🙂

  • You look so gorgeous (you always do anyway)! I love the piping detail!

  • It’s stunning! I love everything about it and am now tempted to make one myself. I know you said you didn’t make any changes, but what was the sizing like – did you follow the sizing chart on the back or did you know in advance to make a smaller/bigger size than the measurements indicated?

    • Thank you Florence, answering your question.. I normally cut a size UK 12(US 10) and add 1 cm on side seam and 3 cm on zipper seams as fitting insurance, so I can tweak later .I still mark the original size 12 with chalk. If I am in doubt I cut one size larger and pin fit, if too big, I re cut it. Im tall too and that make my hemlines higher then on most people.

  • I like the colour and the piping detail, plus that super shirt makes a great outfit! Love it! Did you made the shirt too?

  • This is so fantastic. I love everything about it. Never noticed this pattern before but might have to add it to the to do list.

  • Wow, Rachel, this is fantastic. I have got that pattern too – must get round to making it! I *love* the piping and pockets – that really makes the skirt for me!

  • Hi! I really like your skirt! I have a technical question: do you need to draw extra seam allowance to the pattern, because this is not so clear from the instructions..