The Perfect Staple: Theory Dark Denim Skirt

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When it comes to sewing, I’m a “frosting” girl. Give me lush florals, party dresses, and silk linings every time! Unfortunately, this means that on casual days my wardrobe is rather bland: jeans, sweaters, and t-shirts. For the next few months, I’m going to focus on those in-between, unloved parts of my wardrobe, so that they too reflect my personal style. I’ve gone through everything, donated a few heaping bags of regularly ignored pieces, and plan on (beautifully) filling the gaps. First up on my list? A simple denim skirt. I needed something cute to wear with all those sweaters, after all.

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Mood Fabrics, of course, has a fantastic range of denim options. Everything you could want, from stretch to vibrant colors, is available from their online shop. I dithered about what to choose for this project, but finally settled on this Theory Dark Denim Solid, which has a stretch black denim twill front and a white back. This was definitely the right choice, y’all. The denim is a solid medium weight, with just a hint of stretch, and stood up to washing really well. It’s such a cut above the standard denims from my local, big box fabric store, which tend to warp and lose color. I’ve already washed and worn this skirt multiple times this month and it still looks newly made! Thanks, Mood!

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Not that you’re here for laundry chatter, of course. Let’s talk skirt, shall we? I wanted a classic silhouette, somewhere between an a-line and a pencil skirt, because I find that the most flattering for my curves. After a grand search, I finally decided on Simplicity 2152 (out-of-print) from my stash. The pattern is a pieced, subtle A-line with multiple lengths and embellishment options. I started with view E, because look at those pockets! Deep, slash pockets will win my love every time. Sure, I don’t need to carry everything I own at once, but if I did, this skirt would fit the bill.

From there, I subbed out the yoke for a straight waistband, to raise the waistline a bit, and added four arrow belt tabs around the waist. Each of those was secured with gold vintage buttons, also from the stash. The whole garment was lined in a remnant of Liberty Tana Lawn and finished off with a conventional back zipper. Everything was so smooth and easy, it’s almost embarrassing to write about. Though I needed this skirt, the bells and whistles are minimal. All those frilly, finicky projects have made the ease of sewing a basic such a novelty.

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While this project seems simple, though, sewing with denim can be an adventure, as we all know. This particular fabric, while heavier in weight, gave me minimal trouble. Part of that is my new sewing machine, which handles heavy fabrics much better than my old one, but a lot can be chalked up to using the right methodology. I sewed with a universal denim needle, top-stitched everything in a dark blue top-stitching thread at a slow speed, and used a hump behind my presser foot for the bulkier sections. Unlike some I’ve worked with, this denim doesn’t unravel as it’s handled. While flat fell seams are more traditional, I cheated and serged them all, for an even easier project.

In the end, it’s exactly the skirt I envisioned. Simple? Yes. However, it is also more personal than any denim skirt I’d find in a store. I find myself reaching for it over and over again, on those Saturdays I’d usually wear jeans. We’ll call that a win! Next up on my wardrobe staples list is a classic, tailored coat. Something tells me that will be a more harrowing a project… Not everything can be a lovely and simple as a denim skirt, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

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  • Fiona
    November 30, 2014

    I absolutely love those pockets and belt tabs Mary! They really take a simple denim skirt to another level whilst still being so wearable. The fabric sounds lovely…which is a good job as I have a feeling it is the denim I have just ordered!

  • Carolyn
    November 30, 2014

    I love this, Mary! I’m currently sewing my own simple denim skirt, so your post really rings true to me. It’s great to have some basic pieces for everyday wear, even if they’re not the most exciting to sew or write about. I find that they’re my most-worn pieces overall!

    I love your belt loops and button details – they really make the skirt special, and beautiful! Great job. 🙂

  • Becky
    November 30, 2014

    I really like your version better than the one on the envelope. I actually have this pattern and am inspired to pull it out and give it a go. I love the pockets.

  • Amanda S.
    November 30, 2014

    Cute stuff! I love those welt pockets.

  • Chris Griffin
    December 1, 2014

    OMG, That’s my Favorite skirt pattern. I have a few at this point 🙂 I love your addition of the arrow tabs!

  • Andie L
    December 1, 2014

    Mary, this is fabulous! I absolutely love the tabs and the floral lining. Gorgeous skirt. 🙂

  • Amy
    December 1, 2014

    I love the idea of sewing staples, and I think you started with something perfect. Beautiful job!

  • Lori
    December 1, 2014

    Your skirt is fabulous and what a perfect addition to your wardrobe.

  • Ginger
    December 1, 2014

    Love this on you! It’s really, really cute!

  • Amanda
    December 3, 2014

    Really love this make – the denim is a wonderful colour – so versatile, and I love the design details in the skirt – your version is much more flattering to the pattern than the pattern envelope!! ^_^