And now for something completely different. This skirt really is a departure from what I normally wear. But I'm branching out. I usually feel like full, pleated skirts are best suited for those with tiny little nipped in waists. My waistline changed dramatically post baby. I mean, I know it does for most everyone. But I ended up with quite a large difference in my waist measurement. Not anywhere else, though. Just the waist. In fact my bust measurement went down a teeny, tiny bit-- womp, womp. Hip measurement is the same. The change in waistline very much changes my body shape. And it's been interesting trying to figure out what works and what doesn't now. I've been avoiding fitted waistlines just for that reason, in case you haven't noticed. I do love a good billowy tunic or a swingy tee. I always have and I always will. But I think it's time to work my way back to some fitted waists. Anyway, despite my own body issues, I really like this skirt.
This is Butterick 5929, a full, pleated skirt with pockets. I made view A, the one with no waistband. I love the lack of waistband on this. I am surprised I like it so much, but I do. I measured myself carefully and chose a size 16 based on my hip measurement. But I did end up taking in the waist about a half inch on either side. If I made a 14, it probably would have been too snug. So I guess I really needed a size 15- ha. It's a nice little pattern. The front is paneled. I assume to help with cutting layouts. There are four pleats on the front and four on the back. The pattern instructions have you baste the pleats down while sewing the skirt and then remove the basting later. I removed all the basting stitches when I finished and decided I preferred the back pleats stitched down. So I stitched those down but left the front pleats free.
Despite the fact that this silhouette is not usually my style, linen skirts are totally my jam. And yes, I will always wear it slightly rumpled, just like this. Making this skirt in linen made it feel more like me. I used a pretty purple linen I had stashed. It's a perfect grape color. Purple! I can't remember the last time I wore anything purple. I desperately wanted to put a filter on these photos since I am so incredibly washed out and pasty right now. But I didn't so you could see the actual color of the skirt :)- This is what I wore on Easter. I did a regular dress zip for the first time in ages. I planned to do an invisible zip but couldn't find a match. I serged all the seams inside the skirt. I didn't want to purchase four cones of purple serger thread, though. Not a color I use very often. So I bought a spool of variegated purple thread and put it in the upper looper on my serger instead (I used my navy cones for the rest). I love how it looks inside. Although from this photo you can see that I should have put one in the lower looper as well. Or serged all my pieces right side up. Anyway, this is an ode to Heather's awesome rainbow serger thread. I really need to order some rainbow thread for my serger.
All in all, I am very happy with my pleated skirt. I am thinking I want to make it again. I have a fabric in mind but it is much stiffer than this linen. It will be interesting to see how I feel about the shape then.
Very cute skirt and I love how linen wrinkles too!ReplyDelete
Fabulous skirt. I've used that skirt pattern twice and have plans for more. Happy Sewing!ReplyDelete
This looks lovely on you - definitely no need to avoid full skirts! The purple linen is such a nice colour. I have been looking for a pattern like this as I have a Hobbs skirt like this I love that is now to tight round the waist & I'd like to make a replacement.ReplyDelete
Lovely skirt - I do like linen!ReplyDelete
Very pretty! Love the linen!ReplyDelete
Totally hear you on baby changing your body shape. I still haven't made peace with my new waistline! Good for you going back to a fitted shape. The pleats look fab and the colour rocks. Great choice.ReplyDelete
Oh hun, I know what you mean about the waist not returning! For me, it's not only the waist, but just under my waist that really throws things off. Anyways, I think this looks great on you! Especially with the bloused top. What a cute skirt, especially in linen! (I'm totally crushing your blouse as well.)ReplyDelete
Oh I love this look on you!! You know I'm always a fan of the billowy, loose shapes, but I think this whole outfit is really lovely and combines the right amount of looseness and structure. Plus, purple linen?! Count me in!!ReplyDelete
Purple is really lovely on you! I always love deep pleats too--so pretty!ReplyDelete
I love your skirt. I have this pattern and Thank You for posting this (also outside my comfort zone but I'm drawn to the pleats). I am short on top so this much volume on the bottom makes me nervous! Your skirt is helping to sway me to make one of these - I like the linen too. The proportions feel nice.ReplyDelete
This skirt looks fabulous on you and I love the shade of purple too! Doesn't colourful thread make everything better? You are totally making me want to make more linen things.ReplyDelete
It's a lovely colour and shape. I have one or two pieces that aren't 'me'. It's nice to have a change now and again.ReplyDelete
Such a lovely colour and the skirt is a great shape on you. Did you make your lovely blouse too? it matches beautifully. xxReplyDelete
No I bought the blouse after I made the skirt. It was such a perfect match I had to! :) thanks!Delete
It's a gorgeous color. Perfect for the warm weather coming up. And it can be worn with tights for the winter. Win!ReplyDelete
YOU ARE NOT PASTY! very cute skirt!!!ReplyDelete
This outfit looks beautiful! I love the color too. I have yet to make anything in linen, but I want too. I just love the look of linen. It looks so soft and comfy.ReplyDelete
I love this skirt so much that I wouldn't let myself mark this post as read until I could make myself find some time to sit down at my real computer and comment on how much I like it (which took a lot longer than I thought it would), but at any rate, it's a lovely skirt and you look just darling in it.ReplyDelete
Ha! I do the same thing. My blog roll is so back logged right now. I've got to sit down and try and make it through it soon. Thanks! :)Delete
You look lovely in this skirt!ReplyDelete
Ooh - lovely crumply comfort! That looks great! You are making me want a purple skirt!ReplyDelete