I made this skirt to try to copy that image, and the shape, colour and drape of the skirt fabric are exactly what I was trying for. The length is perhaps a smidge too short, but I'll live with it. And I've now also made a pale pink jumper to go with the skirt, totally copying fashion!! I'll have to take photos soon of the jumper - it's ended up more fitted than I expected, but I'm still happy with the result. Amanda of Bimble and Pimble's November sewing questions on Instagram (look for #bpsewvember if you're curious) have got me thinking it might be interesting to show you how my inspiration translates into sewn garments? I'll have another go at finding that inspiration photo to share with you so you can judge for yourself how near or close I was to the mark :).
OK, so back to this post - back to my pale pink stretch cotton, flared midi skirt.
Earlier this year I made the same view (view A) from this pattern, Butterick 5650, in chambray with a silver stripe down the centre (you can read about it here), and I am still loving that skirt shape and length, and yearning to have more in my wardrobe. But last time around I moved the grainline around to make the seams I was adding easier to sew. PLUS the silver stripe turned out to be not quite on the straight grain, Second time around I committed to stick to the rules.
|UpSewLate: Butterick 5650 front view|
|UpSewLate: Butterick 5650, another front view just because I love this skirt|
I am really glad to see that I did what I said I'd do ("Version 2 is going to be by the book"). The final result is much better, although there are still some annoying excess folds radiating from the top of CB when I wear this, which I don't believe are intended to be there. Is this to do with my being so short waisted? Is it a sway back issue? Is it just the pattern?
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|UpSewLate: Butterick 5650, back view|
|UpSewLate: Butterick 5650 side view with dodgy posture to make the front hem dip :)|
The stretch cotton has proved to be an absolute delight to cut and sew... it was firm enough that it was a pleasure to sew, my overlocker loved it, and the resulting skirt is nicely fitted around my waist and hips with some give (streeeetch) in case of a big lunch.
|UpSewLate: my overlocker loved this stretch cotton|
I had a limited amount fabric that I was determined to make this skirt from, only just enough to cut the skirt from at the regular (view A) length, so that's the length I made it. In fact this length is not quite right for me - I'm taller than average at about 1.73 metres, and my extra length is in my legs, so this standard length of skirt ends on my calves instead of mid-way down my shins as it's supposed to. There's a lesson for me - measure the lengths, not just the widths!
Hmm what else is there to tell you? I didn't make many pattern adjustments:
- let out the waist, tapering back to a size 14 at the hem
- swapped out the regular zip for an invisible zip
- left out the pockets as I didn't want extra bulk on my hips
|UpSewLate: close up of invisible zip, and waistband hand stitching in Butterick 5650|
Next up I'll show you the boxy hibiscus print top I was planning to wear with this skirt - but it turns out too that a boxy waist-length top with a flared skirt is not necessarily the best look if you have a thick waist!
Have a great week, and see you soon
- Gabrielle xx