Hello CSC! I’m here to post my review of the pattern Simplicity 2058 Amazing Fit Skirt.
Now, before I start, I just wanted to give you my bias upfront. I love Simplicity patterns. They have always fit me better than the other Big 4 patterns. Aside from one pattern that was a wadder, I’ve had pretty solid results. As you’re about to see, this pattern continued the positive trend.
Simplicity did gift me this pattern in trade for a review, but this is my true opinion. I hold nothing back. I promise.
Now, on to the review!
2058 is part of Simplicity’s line of Amazing Fit patterns. For the skirt, that means they provide different pattern pieces for a slim, average, and curvy fit. The instructions also walk you through selecting a size. For this skirt, the waist is supposed to sit at your natural waist and should fit snugly, but not tight and the hips should have 2.5 inches of ease. 2058 is also available in a pretty reasonable size range from 10 (25 waist/34.5 hip) to 28 (44 waist/52 hip).
With the instructions in mind I took a fresh set of measurements:
- Waist: 36”
- Hips: 47”
These measurements put me in between a size 20 and 22 for the waist and a size 22 and 24 for the hip. However, I also took a look at the finished measurements of the skirt. Adding 2.5” to my hip measurement gave me a number to keep in mind for the finished fit — 49.5”. Looking at the chart you can see that even though Simplicity recommends 2.5” of ease through the hip, they allowed for 3.5” of ease in the pattern!
In the end I opted to cut out a size 20 for the waist and a size 22 curvy for the hip. I had an inkling that the pattern would be slightly more generous and I was right! This also saved me from needing to grade out more than one size.
2058 is very simple to make. There are just 6 pieces in total and unless you have a directional print on your fabric, it can be made with less yardage than a lot of other skirt patterns. That is because the skirt is meant to be fitted through the hip with just slight flaring at the hem.
For my first version I pulled some poly suiting that had been sitting in my stash since Gilmore Girls aired on the WB. I’m 99% sure I bought it at JoAnn’s back when I had my first job and very little money and it was on sale. It really reminded me of what work wear was made from in the early 2000s.
It also would not submit to my iron no matter what I tried. But even if a bit wrinkled, the shape of the skirt is very wearable. The pattern gives you a generous 1 inch seam allowance on the side seams so it can be easily let out a bit if you find the skirt too snug. I did not need to make use of the extra allowance.
One issue you may find with this pattern, is the all the allowances for slim/average/curvy are only made on the back pieces. So if you need adjustments in the front this pattern might not work as well for you. I went with the curvy back pieces and it worked very well over all. I had a little bit of a bubble between the waist and hip where I graded out to the hip size too quickly, but it was easy to take it in just ¼ inch and now the skirt lies nicely.
The waist sits just a tiny bit below my natural waist and looks very much like the front of the pattern envelope. I call that a win!!!
Then I turned to my fashion fabric to make a nice fall skirt to wear to the office. The only adjustment I made to the pattern pieces was to shave off that extra ¼ inch from the back pieces between the waist and hip.
This is in some cotton/linen blend from Free Spirit Fabrics. It feels more like home decor weight fabric and lends a more structured feel to the skirt.
I prefer this second version because it seems to hug my curves nicely and was just so much easier to work with. Natural fibers for the win!
I also added a waistband when I used the fashion fabric. The process was very easy. I took a waistband from a tried and true (TNT) skirt pattern and applied it to 2058 instead of the facing. Since I prefer to wear skirts tucked in, having a waistband helps provide the retro look I love.
Now I can add Simplicity 2058 to my TNT skirt patterns as I just love the look of the skirt with with the slight flounce of volume at the hem!
- Size Range (1-5): 4 – It is the general plus size range for Simplicity.
- Instructions (1-5): 5 – Pretty standard for Simplicity, but I appreciated the information on picking a size.
- Construction Process (1-5): 5 – So simple!
- Final Fit (1-5): 5 – I love it!
- Overall Rating (1-5) + Explanation: 4.75/5 – I really enjoyed making this pattern and the end result is something beautiful and basic that fits perfectly with my style.