Spring SWAP has been taking my mind off of cold weather. I used Simplicity 2451 to make both a navy blue and off white skirt. I have to say, this is a superb pattern. I loved everything about it- the pockets, the slight curve at the bottom, the wide curved waistband. And I would rate it as an Easy pattern for beginning sewists.
It's always difficult for me to know what size to choose because my waist measurement is two sizes above my hip measurement. Usually I'll cut the waistband one size larger, and that works out. But with this one, the waistband is curved with pockets, and I thought it best to make it up as designed for one size. So, I started with the size 16 (this is equivalent to a 12 in ready to wear). This is the white one. I lined this one, and it feels so luxurious going on. It was a little loose, so I decided to make the blue skirt in the size 14 (about a size 10 in ready to wear). This one fit like a glove- snug but not too snug. I wouldn't want to wear it out to a big dinner, but on salad days, it will be perfect. So, luckily I say both fit!
Both fabrics are tone-on-tone cotton jacquards. They are sturdy, yet comfy, and are very easy to sew with. I've had these fabrics for about a year, so I'm going to enter them in the Patternreview.com stash contest which is going on for another 6 weeks if you are interested in joining me. A great incentive to dig into that stasth and sew.