I love skirts. Full skirts, pencil skirts, pleated skirts. I feel all girly and cute when I wear them, even sans makeup and jewelry.Â For me, they are as cool and comfortable as wearing shorts in the summer, and a bit more polished and, well, girly!
I am short on skirts right now, so I decided to correct that wardrobe problem with a few new additions. IÂ have a stretch denim, traditionalÂ jeans skirt that I wear often, but I don’t love the lycra. So goal number one was to emulate the indigo denim jeans skirt in a non-stretch fabric. I bought some black “bull” denim,Â Butterick pattern 5649, and set to work on creating view C from the pattern. Â
I made a quick muslin to check the fit on the hip curve. I have a “high hip” – which basically means I go from a nice little curvy indentation at my waist to nearly my full hip circumference in the space of a couple of inches. Sweet. No matter what weight I have been, this body feature has plagued me. It’s all about bones, so no use whining – I just always need to fit my garments correctly in this area so that they look and feel right on my shape. Done!
After I transferred to changes to the flat pattern, I cut out The Bull. Boy, that fabric is HEAVY. No need for underlining or a slip with this baby. I alsoÂ shortened the pockets (mostly because I skimped on the fabric purchase), but that was about it. This skirt went together in a breeze. Stitched up the fronts, inserted the fly zipper, and added pockets. Topstitched the pocket edgeÂ with a triple stitch. Done. Sewed a couple of darts in the back, stitched the center back seam, and attached front to back at sides. Added Â waistband using the Â AWESOME Judy Barlup technique with waistband stabilizer instead of interfacing. Fast,Â easy, and oh-so-RTW! Serged hem edge, turned once and topstitched. (This fabric is so heavy I thought a double turn on the hem would be too bulky, plus I wanted every half inch of Â length. Remember the fabric skimping above?) Apply hook and eyes (OK – this step is not done yet).Â Â
This skirt fits me perfectly, is easy laundering care, and will go with my vast collection of black print tee shirts. Add sandals for summer, or tights and a sweater for winter. A wardrobe workhorse! I am thinking of adding some interesting belt loops and possibly a little subtle stenciling to increase the cute factor…..what do you think? Leave it plain and simple or spruce it up a bit?
Next up: view A in the same pattern in a lighter weight black twill.