So this skirt, with its slight gathers and all its buttons down the front has been haunting my dreams.
You can see from my Pinterest board there is a definite gathered-button-skirt theme. Hey, when I commit, I commit hard.
So when I saw this vintage pattern in a local charity shop it was Game Over. Hello gathered-button-skirt-town. Population me.
But OK, you may have noticed it’s not the most seasonally appropriate winter wear. And you’d be right. I had some stalls making this (darn life, what are you doing getting in the way of my sewing?) and only finished it this past weekend.
Still despite the stalls and its distinct lack of seasonal appropriateness I love how it came out. I like to call it feminine slouchy chic.
I’m still getting my head around how I could wear it for autumn/fall – so guys if you have ideas how you would style this share the love.
And can we just talk about this fabric for a hot minute? This chambray, kindly gifted to me by myfabrics.co.uk, was a beauty to work with. The perfect match for this soft design. I never regret sewing with good quality chambray.
Have you got a current wardrobe favourite that’s haunting you’re dreams? Have you found the pattern yet, or are you still desperately searching?
As always, click on through to read more about the details.
Pattern: this was made from a lovely vintage pattern (Style 4821) I found in a local charity shop for 20p (mmm, 20p!) You could try eBay to find the same pattern, or this Megan Nielsen pattern is quite similar, no?
Fabric and notions: I was kindly gifted this lovely chambray from myfabrics.co.uk. It’s the perfect weight for a skirt. Just enough bounce to be fun, but not so flimsy that I’ll be having issues in windy situations. I used vintage buttons I found in a charity shop. I like them, but on reflection I should have maybe used some smaller buttons – these seem rather big!
What changes did you make to the pattern or construction?
I decided to cut my own waistband for this as I wanted a good fit. I redrafted the waistband piece, using my waist circumference as the new waistband length. Pretty easy stuff.
The redrafted waistband was easy to put in. I marked the centre of the waistband matched this to the centre back of the skirt. I then lined up the two ends of the waistband to the two ends of the skirt.
I also pleated the front of the skirt (as opposed to gathering as per pattern). My gathering stitches slipped and I couldn’t really face redoing them, so pleats it was! And I made a deep 5 cm hem because I wanted some weight at the bottom of the skirt.
Everything else I made as per pattern.
Bam. Waistband done.
Full disclosure: the insides of this are hideous. I made half at my patent’s house (sans overlocker) and by the time I got home I just wanted to get it finished. So let’s not look too closely at the insides…
What will you do differently Next Time?
I’m definitely keen to make this again. I love pleated/gathered skirts, especially for spring and summer. So I may park this pattern to next year.
Although… a tartan midi skirt would be pretty awesome for Christmas, no?