The African Print Skirt |NL6580

New Look Pattern Reviews

This is one of those moments, that get me psyched about sewing. Minimal sewing, maximal satisfaction.

Let me introduce you to New Look 6580. This skirt pattern only has 2 pieces. The skirt from and back pattern are cut using the same pattern and there is a single waistband piece which folds over. I’ve never seen an easier pattern.

I made view C which requires 60″ wide fabric, but to my surprise, I was able to cut out the skirt on the cross-grain using 45″ wide fabric. I really wished I had premeasured my fabric before cutting it because I have no idea how much yardage I’ll need to purchase to make this awesome skirt again. If I had to guess, I had to guess, I’d say it was between 3.5 and 4 yards. But again that just a guess because this fabric came straight from my stash and I rarely mark it with the yardage it was an impromptu purchase such as this.

As far as alterations, I didn’t make any this time around. However, I have a whole slew of changes I want to make. First, I’m adding pockets. I thought about adding them in this time but decided against it because of the side zipper and I was on a tight deadline. Second, I want to turn this pattern into a dress. The billowy skirt is so beautiful that I really want to add bodice to it. The changes are fairly simple. For a full bodice, move the zipper to the back and for a strapless to leave the zipper on the side. In either case, you’ll need to add a longer zipper (probably around 20-24 inches). The strapless one may require additional boning on the sides to help keep it in place. Lastly, I can see the skirt becoming part of a costume. It moves so effortlessly, that I’m confident I can flip it into a fairy dress. Needless to say, I’m in love and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of these skirts on me.

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