Simplicity 8126 – The Hopscotch Skirt

by lsaspacey on June 21, 2009 · 9 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 8126

From the moment I saw Simplicity 8126 over at Out of the Ashes I was excited. More so than for any lovely poofy 50′s silhouetted gown. Probably because I could see myself actually wearing this skirt, that it could fit into my life easily. I also like how young and “flirty” it looked. For some reason it really makes me think of hopscotch, bike riding or some other outside activity I did as a kid.

As a long-time crafter I’m also a big fan of functional pockets in clothes and I could see the denim version of the skirt as a great work-outfit for crafting. So that’s why a denim version was the first one I made.

I found a great Lycra-infused denim at Jo-Anns on sale. I followed the instruction to the T except for the pockets. Using the pattern’s layout, the pockets ended up being too effected by the stretch in the denim and stretched out of shape. Eventually I’ll cut another set out and put them on the skirt.

I love this skirt, I love how it doesn’t even look like a typical wrap skirt. The center pleat fools you into thinking it’s a regular skirt while the gathered back almost completely camouflages the wrap portion. (Especially if this was made in a floral pattern) And, about the “wrap factor?” Very good! There is basically a double layer of skirt there in the back so there is no lack of coverage. Also in a fabric with heft like this denim the lower layer sort of serves as a petticoat. I think this skirt would be quite fetching in a silk shantung or taffeta. Affordable yet lovely skirts for bridesmaids, perhaps?

The only (small) problems I had was with the pattern itself. The pattern is just four pieces and the two main portions of the skirt are fashioned so that their seam is visible through the center pleat. I’m not a fan of that but yes, it’s a small quibble.

I hope to make quite a few of these. I already have a gorgeous purple linen ready for making another one of these, so I think I will change the pattern accordingly. This was an easy sew, the only time-consuming detail was the hand sewing of the hem.

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Darla: Retro Ways June 22, 2009 at 10:10 am

Love your fabric choice it came out super cute. Because of the pleast at first I thought they were some awesome culottes. ♥


Clare Marie-Therese Duroc June 22, 2009 at 11:04 am

That's darling! And I agree with Darla: that fabric is so deliciously rich and blue.


Maggie June 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Love it! I always loved wrap skirts and this is a particularly cute one.


Trudy Callan June 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Cute. I really love the wrap skirts, too.


Kerry June 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm

I love the idea of this as a bridesmaid dress/skirt. This so cute, love the front pleat.


Linda June 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm

This is a great skirt and you look great in it. It is much softer with nicer details than most wrap skirts.


tammyo June 23, 2009 at 9:37 am

so super cute! i love the "back wrap".


marLou June 23, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I love comfy clothes and this certainly fits the bill. Very lovely. Can't wait see your other versions.


dawnsnny May 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Hi there!!

I love how this skirt turned out! I recently found this pattern at an estate sale, and I really want to make it. However I am missing piece C for the waistband. I know this might be a big hassle, but I was wondering if you could email me the measurements? I would be forever grateful!! My email address is dawnsnny at mac dot com

Thank you!



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