Sunday, April 11, 2010

Butterick 5042

I know I said I needed a white skirt, but apparently I am on a navy blue sewing jag.  Besides, I started this skirt before the burda style blouse.  That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
The skirt is Butterick 5042, view A.  It is made of navy Italian linen from Fabric Mart.  I added some white topstitching because I really wanted to emphasize the style lines.  My mother came down for Easter and wore a skirt with similar circular gores, which reminded me of this pattern, and I just had to sew it!
Here you can see the shape that the gores give it.  It is a lot like the Studio Tantrum Redondo skirt, but a bit slimmer in the body, and for grown ups.  The pattern is only two pattern pieces, the skirt panel (of which you cut four) and a straight waistband.  Deceptively simple!  The skirt panels all have to be cut single layer, and since they are basically circular flounces, they are serious fabric hogs!
The pattern calls for a hook and eye closure at the waist, but I went for a cute white button.  You can also see my fist ever lapped zipper here!  Yes, in a curved bias seam.  I don't do anything by halves, do I?  I read on PR that several other sewists had trouble with the zipper ending up lumpy, so I interfaced the seam allowances to keep them from stretching.  It seemed to work, as my zip is nice and flat.  I also used the Reader's Digest directions for the zip, rather than the pattern's.  I love that book.
Next up - more navy!  Then maybe I'll find another color of fabric in my stash...

20 comments:

  1. What a great skirt, Katie. I can imagine you want to twirl all day :-)

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  2. Wow, that is a seriously beautiful skirt. Awesome!

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  3. Cute skirt, Katie. A twirly, girly skirt. It wants to go out on the town!

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  4. I LOVE that skirt!

    word ver: "aurite". That skirt is AUrite, man!

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  5. Wow! That's a definite winner! Nice job, it's a classic piece you'll get lots and lots of use from!

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  6. I love it. The topstitching looks terrific.

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  7. Very nice skirt! It looks great and is very flattering on you:)

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  8. Gorgeous skirt! I love the topstitching, so fun!

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  9. Great skirt! It looks lovely on you. I've been wanting to sew skirts - this one is very inspiring.

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  10. Super cute! I love the contrast topstitching! Way to go!

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  11. LOVE the skirt! The topstitching is awesome (and what about that zipper - you go girl!).

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  12. Great skirt! I love how the top stitching emphasizes the gores of the skirt and how they circle around you. I have a RTW skirt made like that and I love it.

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  13. You are on a roll girl! I love this skirt, too! The white topstitching is spot-on. I'm on my own navy love-affair right now, so I fully approve of all these dark blue garments. :)

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  14. Awesome work ! Getting the pattern right now !

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  15. This skirt is very flattering on you. Love the topstitching. Cute!

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  16. Your work turned out great! I am just pinning the cut pieces together & find that the notches, waist top & hem marks do not line up at all. Ugh! Did you find that your pieces lined up, or did you just wing it? I know it has been a while since you made it, but I have to ask someone :) Thanks, Shanni

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    1. Thank you! It has been a while since I made this, but I pulled out the pattern to look at it, and I don't recall any matchpoint problems at the waist, but I do remember that I had to trim the hem a bit to make it even. I think mostly that was the bias stretching out. It was easy to flip the skirt pieces the wrong way around though, so if you are having trouble getting notches to match up, be sure that all of your panels are right side up. HTH!

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