1970s era Simplicity 7880 is my favorite pattern, and with good reason. Here are some photos of some of my favorite versions of this versatile skirt pattern, which I wear on an almost-daily basis:
A few construction notes: Simplicity 7880 uses almost three yards of fabric cut on the cross-wise grain, which means it only has one seam at the center back, and would be well suited to border prints, even though I have never sewn it with one before. It uses a seven inch zipper and a skirt hook and eye to close, although occasionally I will switch the skirt hook and eye for a large button. It is easy to adjust the length of the skirt or to make the waist band wider, since both are rectangles. To make sure my waistbands never roll, I always sew waistband interfacing into the waist. Waistband interfacing is stiff and flexible like a lightweight belt, and comes in many different widths. I always buy big lengths of it at Michael Levine fabrics in the fabric district in Los Angeles whenever I go to visit my parents there.
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