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Happy September! Okay, so I’m done celebrating my birthday month but I have one more outfit that I made at the last minute before closing out August. This flared skirt is just too cute.

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This is pattern #16 of my personal challenge to sew 22 patterns that I already have in the year 2022. That means I have 6 more to go. You can see Pattern #15 HERE.

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I used Simplicity 1560 to make the skirt. This pattern is from 2013 and is out-of-print. But I’m sure a quick Google search will yield something similar. I find that the pattern companies repeat their designs and give them new pattern numbers. Sometimes a slight, unnoticeable change is incorporated. This pattern consists of three designs in varying lengths.

  • Views A, B, and C are the same skirt with fit and flare, length variations, and a tie detail on C.
  • Views D & F are A-Line, with the addition of button details on D.
  • View E is also A-Line with belt loops and a tie belt.

The company rates the pattern as Easy, and I agree. If you have basic sewing skills you should be able to complete the skirt.

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Inside the Garment

I used the Baby Lock Vibrant Serger for my main seams and hemmed the garment with Baby Lock Euphoria Coverstitch.


Fabric Options

The fabric suggestions on the back of the pattern envelope are: Lightweight Denim, Pinwale Corduroy Lightweight Wool and Wool Blends, Silks and Silk Types, Challis, Crepe, Crepe Back Satin, Jacquards, Laundered Silks-Rayons, Double Georgette, and Velvet. These are all woven fabrics.


I went totally outside the suggestions and used an ITY Knit. I love the print and have been holding onto this fabric for years. When I purchased it from Michael Levine Fabrics, I had a fit and flare maxi dress in mind. I think this two piece ensemble looks just as amazing.


Alterations Information

I omitted the side zipper and added a casing with elastic. I used the casing piece from Simplicity 8982 because it is the perfect size for the way I like to wear elasticized skirts.


Notions Information

The pattern calls for a 7” zipper, hook and eye, one package of ⅜” wide cotton twill tape for all views. However, View D uses three ¾” to ⅞” shank buttons.

My Plans for the Garment

As with last week’s post, the two pieces are fabulous together, but they’ll serve me well separately too. As a pair, I plan to wear the outfit to lunch and dinner dates, and other special events.

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Styling Options

I think this skirt will look amazing with a white or black button down shirt, a wide belt, long silver chains, stud earrings, pumps, sandal heels, or boots. 

Styling Option #1

I styled it with another off-the-shoulder top that I made by hacking McCall’s 7531. You may remember how I made a mistake the first time I made this hack. You’re not gonna believe it, I did the same thing this time. BUT, I had more fabric to cut another piece.

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I wore a silver chain belt, silver drop earrings, and a silver charm bracelet that a group of SEW Sisters purchased for me after my husband passed away. I finished the look with a pair of gray open-toe pumps and a crochet clutch purse that I made many years ago.

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How would you wear the garment?

Would you sew this style of skirt? Do you have the pattern? How would you style it? Talk to me in the comments. I would love to hear from you. The comments section is at the end of the page.

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This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Delores

    Your fabric is beautiful!

  2. Sheila

    I Love this outfit! I actually thought it was a dress when I first saw it. The flare is definitely me. As always thank you for sharing and for being such an Inspiration.

  3. Agatha

    I love the material, I love the outfit, I love the styling; the whole ensemble exudes happiness. Thank you.

  4. Lorraine Prisbrey

    Love the outfit. I have been taking inspiration from your social media for about a year and planning projects as I am able. Longer recovery from cancer and chemotherapy than I hoped. But cancer free now. Anyway, I always love a slinky but comfy knit skirt for the hottest days and I love it with the top!

    1. Anita Morris

      Congratulations on your recovery!

      Have fun getting back to your projects.

  5. Linda

    When I first saw it I thought it was a dress. Love that is pieces, very inspiring. I’m now hunting the patterns. TY!

    1. Anita Morris

      You’re very welcome, Linda! I hope you find the pattern.

  6. De

    I really like this print and I would probably have a top of each color with coordinating jewelry to wear to different events. Initially, I thought it was a dress but I just knew you used an ITY
    knit before I read the blog (LOL). The ITY seems to be an ideal fabric for this outfit. You look great in it and should probably schedule another luncheon!!

    1. Anita Morris

      LOL! You know how I like ITY. LOL! Yes, I will be wearing this out somewhere.

  7. Lynette

    Hi there, I’m really loving this entire outfit. I thought I had the pattern, but couldn’t find it…. I am so glad you chose a knit fabric….. I am so “afraid” to go against what the back of the envelope says….lol. Another “Anita nailed it” moment ? ~ Lynette Patrice

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Lynette! Once you get more comfortable with sewing and fitting garments to your body, you will probably feel more comfortable going outside the pattern suggestions.

  8. Nancy

    Your outfit looks great! I’m not normally a fan of the one shoulder look, but it certainly works well for you.

  9. Kimberley E Oliver

    Dear Anita, You Look ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. I love your style and grace. Sincerely, Kimberley E. Oliver

  10. DJ Hall

    Very beautiful and so stylish. You look amazing in it

  11. Gwen

    Fabulous Anita! I need to get back in the swing of things. When it starts getting a little cooler, then I think I will get back on track! Until then I will enjoy seeing what you have created.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you, Gwen! I’m sure you’ll be glad to get back into sewing.

  12. Tamekia

    Funny I love this dress on you and the fabric on you. But the fabric I wouldn’t buy for me, I’m weird like that LOL. It’s a nice evening out for dinner dress or church occassion dress.

    1. Anita Morris

      LOL! Yes, we all have our favorites and not so favorites when it comes to fabrics.