Saturday, January 8, 2011

Butterick 5566

While I had navy thread on the serger, I decided to make a denim skirt for me!  I really want to focus on not creating any more orphan garments in my closet, so my plan is as I make a new garment, be sure that either I already can incorporate it into at least one "outfit" from my closet, or that I already have a coordinating garment ready to sew.  Of course, a denim skirt goes with nearly everything, so I'm not really challenging myself with this one.
Here is my new skirt with my fourth version of the burdastyle turtleneck, grey tights and booties.
It doesn't fit my dressform very well.  I still need to pad her lower half a little, but I'd like to lose my last 10 baby pounds first.  Those last few are always the hardest to take off!  Anyway, the pattern is Butterick 5566, which was part of this winter's collection.  I usually let patterns age in the stash a bit longer, but I really love the lines of this one, so I just had to sew it.  The fabric is stretch denim from fabric.com that I bought intending to make jeans, but at 4% lycra, they really have too much stretch.  I'm hoping that it'll be OK for this skirt and I won't end up with seat baggies.
The pattern has three different views, all of which I really love.  This one is a basic pencil skirt, but with topstitched princess seams for shaping.  No darts!  It is pretty simple to sew.  Aligning the princess panels at the side seams was tricky though.
Mad skills!  OK, it took 3 attempts, but still!  I tissue fit this to me as I currently am.  Stacy and Clinton say you should always dress the body you have.  That said, I finished the side seam allowances separately so that I could take it in later if needed.  It also reduces the bulk at the hip to have the side seams pressed flat, and who needs extra hip bulk?
The only changes I made to the pattern were to do a 5/8 inch swayback adjustment and to hem it 1/2 inch longer.  I also put in an invisible zipper, and attached the facings to the zipper tape by machine.
I think this looks much cleaner than slipstitching, especially as my handsewing is dreadful.  There are a couple of great tutorials out there for this technique, so rather than reinvent the wheel, I'll just leave you with a link.

23 comments:

  1. Very smart skirt. Your seam matching is impeccable. You look extremely trim, even without considering that you JUST had a baby.

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  2. Great skirt! You can never go wrong with a denim skirt I think. And great to see that Burda-turtle again. I múst make that one too. It's been haunting my thoughts for so long now.

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  3. I cannot believe how slim you are , you have just had a baby !!! Your skirt is lovely I love those curved seams.

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  4. I like the lines of that skirt. A great addition to your wardrobe, and what doesn't go with denim!

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  5. It's cute.
    Are you wearing it tomorrow?

    This year you are going to crank out clothing with that serger. (As in even more clothing).

    Happy to know about 3 tries.

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  6. I love your skirt. I have just bought this pattern and now you've got me all enthused to make it! I think you will get a lot of wear out of this, making it in denim is an excellent idea. It goes beautifully with your turtleneck.

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  7. Very sharp skirt! Thanks for showing the cool details!

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  8. Very cute skirt and you are looking wonderful!

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  9. What a great choice of pattern and fabric - that 4% lycra will come in very handy when it comes to walking in a pencil skirt. You look amazing, especially considering you've only just had a baby, and Xmas has only just passed... that's very impressive.

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  10. Great skirt! I can't believe how awesome you look so soon after having your baby!

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  11. Besides the fact that you are wearing a really cute skirt, I can't get over the fact that you look like you've already returned to pre-baby weight!

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  12. Nice! The babe must be a good sleeper!

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  13. The blue is great on you, and you look so fit! I'm crossing my fingers for myself hoping my body will snap to like that. I agree--those last 10 pounds come off kicking and screaming.

    Thanks for the link on the skirt facings. My hand sewing isn't all that lovely, but I'm good at hiding it. Doing the whole process by machine sounds much better still!

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  14. Great skirt! I love those seam lines.

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  15. Your skirt looks great, inside and out, good job! I love denim skirts.

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  16. The skirt looks great, this looks like a really nice skirt pattern, all the views look good and different enough that you could make them all. I love that machine facing technique too although for some reason I have to check how to do it every single time!

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  17. I can't believe you just had a baby! You look great! The skirt is very flattering, with great lines. The top stitching is perfect.

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  18. What a perfect pattern for a denim skirt! I may have to copy you. Love it.

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  19. You look amazing! Love the skirt :)

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  20. Cute skirt, cute outfit and oh yeah, you look fantastic!

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  21. THe skirt is fantastic. And man, am I impressed (and a teensy bit jealous) that you already lost the baby weight. I'm still waiting for mine to leave after 3.5 years. ;)

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  22. Hi,
    I’m a beginner and I decided to try this pattern because I was having some difficulty drafting my own pencil skirt. 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. I have included all the little triangle notch things to help me line it up (not that there were alot), but the side panels seem to be too big, and the curve too ….. well off.

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