Monday, February 21, 2011

Butterick 5566 - Green floral straight skirt

Don't get too excited. This was a near wadder save. I was going for view A, with the interesting pleated overlay. Super cute look, right? Too bad I chose a polyester shantung that totally stretched out while sewing both the bias pleats and front bias facing. It looked wonky and horrible and I was even more upset because this was my second wadder in a row. After taking a shower (I do some of my best planning in the shower - anyone else?) I realized it could easily be saved by removing the front overlay.

So here you go, a boring old pencil skirt. I do like the colors in the fabric and am glad it was salvageable, but I'm bummed the skirt I wanted to make didn't turn out. Although I did learn two lessons from this experience. One - this view needs to be made with some stiffer fabric or perhaps a thinner fabric that is starched before sewn to prevent being stretched out. Two - skirts with 4 darts in the front and 4 in the back just don't fit my body very well. I'm too much of a square.

I have already worn this outfit (hence the wrinkles) and do think it's cute. I made the white top in these pictures as well. It really sees a lot of wear.

I added a full lining in flesh toned Bemberg.

I've received several comments lately about how unbelievable it is that I'm so productive. Well, that might have been true several years ago, but these days I'm lucky if I get 3 things done a month. And most of the stuff I'm making has been simple garments. But thanks! I'm glad you think I'm productive, because I feel the total opposite.

Answers to more recent questions coming soon. I've got one hour before bed to get some stitching done!

27 comments:

  1. Cute skirt. I love the color combination of that outfit. I am also impressed at your productivity. My goal this year is one finished garment a month, so you are way ahead of me. :)

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  2. Great colour combo. Glad you could save the skirt.

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  3. Great skirt! And fabulous job lining it!!

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  4. I am so attracted to the colors in your skirt. I have a hard time wearing them, but have recently decided that if I am going to wear them, they need to be in pant or skirt form, away from my face. So needless to say, I love this skirt! and I love the deep purple cardigan with it. Glad you were able to salvage it! The whole outfit looks really good on you.

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  5. You did a great job! :) the color is fabulous!!

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  6. Such a well made skirt and really pretty too. You've put these colours together so nicely. Very cute.

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  7. The skirt is really cute, even if you had to change things around. I love the purple paired with the green, very nice!

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  8. Nothing boring about this! That fabric has a major WOW factor! Love it!

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  9. This is a beautiful skirt! The fabric is definitely the star!

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  10. I am kind of glad you had to take the front panel off because that is a beautiful print and you wouldn't be able to see it as well with draped panel. It looks beautiful, you can't go wrong with another pencil skirt :)

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  11. I'm sorry it didn't turn out like you wanted... but it's super cute. I love it paired with that purple sweater!

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  12. The fabric is beautiful & I'm glad you were able to salvage your skirt. You're still far more productive than I am!

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  13. Pretty skirt and great lining!!! I love the green with the purple.

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  14. It's a pencil skirt but it certainly is not boring! That fabric is beautiful, I love the colours, and the fit is perfect. It may not be the skirt that you envisaged but it still looks stunning - your whole outfit has a real wow factor!

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  15. I like your version of the skirt more than the one on the pattern! I love your fabric

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  16. Very chic. You are uber productive by my standards.

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  17. Love the color combo. Very pretty.

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  18. Very cute skirt! I love the sweater and skirt colors together!

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  19. Great fabric and nice save on the skirt!

    It is soooo frustrating when items don't work out, especially simple ones. I just had an issue with a simple (I meant SUPER simple!) pair of knit shorts. Somehow I managed to stretch while hemming. Fortunately, they were too long anyway so I cut off the stretched hem, and redid it without stretching.

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  20. Fab outfit! The colors are really innovative together. As much as I always want skirts to be interesting, the classic plain ol' tube always works best for my body, too.

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  21. Love the fabric! Boring pencil skirt = classic wardrobe staple.

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  22. Anything but boring my dear!! This skirt is really nice! I do really like your white top too and cardigan too. Very, very pretty!

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  23. I think the entire outfit looks really good on you. I like the way you lined it, too. And, yes, I also do some of my best thinking while I'm in the shower.

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  24. Nice skirt, cool color combo & lined too - what is there not to like about that? Great inspiration as well

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  25. May be a basic shape, but I really like the fabric choice. Very pretty.

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  26. Hi,I'm a beginner and I decided to try this pattern because I was having some difficulty drafting mine. I attempted view D size 12. I traced out the pattern and cut it out, but I can't seem to figure out how to line up the notches for the front pattern. Can you help me?

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    1. Sorry, shorty, I no longer own this pattern and can't look at the pattern pieces to be any help. I suggest you call Butterick. Perhaps they could help you figure it out. Good luck!

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