Monday, July 12, 2010

Finished!: Butterick 5285 skirt

Despite taking over a foot of width off the front and back of this skirt, it's still rather crazy poufy.  This cotton sateen drapes like cotton duck!  I've learned a valuable lesson: fabric matters.  Yes, it has taken me this long to grasp that.  I don't think one has to slavishly follow the pattern's suggestions, but I do need to think carefully about drape before embarking on a project. 

Really, it's not that bad, but I just don't know where I'd wear this.  It's too wide for work, but too prim for casual-wear. 


 
I have since swept under the sofa - yeesh!

The back is still extreme.  The thickness of the cotton makes it very stiff:






I tried topping the skirt with a cardi (short and long) and it just doesn't seem to work.  My kind husband texted me today that he saw a girl wearing a similar wide skirt...  I dunno, I'll keep it in the closet for awhile... I will let you know if I do wear it!

To end on the positive side, the top I'm wearing with the skirt - Simplicity 2599 - has turned out to be a favorite.  I wear it constantly!  When I spot it in the closet I don't think "I made this" but instead: "Ooo yay, this top!  I should wear this today!"  It's definitely a pattern worth trying if you need a fun shell for work (or casual-wear: check out the version MushyWear just posted).

26 comments:

JoanneM said...

This skirt and top are DARLING!!!!!
You can wear these with flats or sandals. Of course you can wear this, it is not too prim for casual wear!!!!! The shoes will determine that!!!
I love the top- what fabric did you choose? I too made one and it beats paying $85 for the jCrew version!Gotta love a ruffle!

Gail said...

Love the top too. The trick with the skirt may be a patent leather belt to cinch in the waist. Overall Mad Men glamour - a winner.

MushyWear said...

Oh your version of 2599 is really pretty. I'll have to try it all fancy too. I do love the pattern! Is that silk dupioni? or a taffeta? Thanks for linking to my top too. I used a loop turner to get my loop. It's a long (10" or so)thin metal rod with a hook on the end. You put the rod through your tube and hook the end then pull it through. Make sure you cut your loop on the bias and trim almost to the stitching. It also helps if you make the width of the tube wider at the end where you will pull it through. In other words, start with a 1/4" seam allowance tapering down to a more narrow allowance. Pull the fabric through that end. Hope that helps!

littlecottondresses said...

I hope you'll get a lot of wear out of the skirt too! It looks to be suitable for both work and casual. Your choice of top & shoes would dictate the feel of the outfit. You seem to know how to put together an outfit anyway :) Play up the color combo!

Cindy said...

I love this outfit on you! Please wear it...alot! you look great.

Meg said...

I too love the skirt. I think it's cute. Then again, it's only as cute as you feel comfortable in it. I say go for both the casual and dressy look. It's a nice neutral color, could go either way.

I have made a couple of the 2599s myself. So cute and comfy. I turned a Liberty for Target scarf into the same one you're wearing. Hands down, my favorite shirt.

Rūta said...

I'm into full skirt at the moment too. It's s great and comfortable for hot weather.
Your outfit looks great, i would only ad a belt to make it more perfect.

meli88a said...

Oh, that is too cute. For a topper, how about a bolero? Or would that be too 50s?

Shari said...

I love the whole outfit! I hope you do wear it.

San Antonio Sue said...

Did you pre-wash the cotton for the skirt? Wash it a couple more times. Once the sizing is gone, it will drape (droop) perfectly!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I think the skirt is totally versatile! So cute, and it looks great with that top. The navy and neutral really work together.

Clio said...

When you are a little further removed from the trauma/drama of the project, I think you'll like the skirt much better. It really is fun, flirty and chic.

Tasia said...

I like the full skirt too. Sometimes I feel there's too much fabric, when I wear skirts like that, but it looks really good on you! Try it with a belt as others have suggested for a different look!

Amy said...

I like the skirt a lot! In fact, I just cut out the pieces to make the exact same pattern.

Your top is really fantastic--I think I'll put that pattern in my wish list. :)

Marybeth said...

I like it! In the pictures it looks really cute!!! I think you should definitely wear it!!

amber said...

Adorable! I think you more than salvaged this one - you turned it in to a total winner. :) Love the top with it, too.

Karin van D. said...

The skirt is lovely. Not to poofy for casual wear at all. With a blouse and a wide belt you could look like you were walking here from the fifties. Very cute!

Alice said...

I like it. It looks fab! One thing, though. Either don't wear it on a windy day, or wear it with knickers you don't mind showing to the world. Trust me. I know.

b4thedoor.com said...

Great save on your skirt. I think that you could dress it up or down depending on the hair, makeup and accessories, not to mention your blouse. Cute cute!

Angela said...

Oo... the skirt is cute especially paired with that top!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm going to get myself hated on this one, but here goes. I"ve been looking at the photos of you in the skirt for a week now and I can't help but notice that your body language tells me that you aren't enjoying wearing it. How you feel about the skirt shows in how you stand, walk and how you look at the camera. Which is why I don't think you should try all of the fixes that have been suggested here but just put the skirt away - in a drawer or in a recycle bag - and make something new.

I'm giving you this advice based on 40+ years of sewing experience, with a success rate of maybe 75%. I still make things that I don't feel right in and I've learned to just put them in the thrift shop bag and move on. They are good garments which will look great on somebody else but they don't make me feel good and they're never going to, no matter how I accessorise them or psyche myself up to wear them.

Can I suggest a bias skirt as your next project? Burda has had some great ones over the years.

Antonia

angelique said...

i think the skirt is great...its so on trend! it would be a pity to not wear it....

as a sewer i personally think that fabric choice is paramount. if you not sure about whether a fabric will work for a garment, dont be afraid to play before cutting. i use masses of pins to pin fabric onto my body form to check out the final look. it often pays off as ive made fabric changes purely by imitating the drape on the form first.

keep up the great work :-)

online antique mall said...

that's pretty cool! the skirts were great and lovely. no wonder those models fit very well with those.

mary said...

It's really cute and would be perfect for work for me (I'm a teacher). I say pair it with a cute fitted t-shirt for casual!

Ann said...

Here is a website for a circular skirt pattern. Give it a try as you seem to be leaning that way. I know of a person who makes one circular skirt a year and loves them.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/crispin.roche/circular.htm

Little Rascal said...

Stunning!