April 08, 2014

Burgundy Skirt Remake

Voilà! Here is the finish!
Burgundy Wool Pencil Skirt - Buttrick B5971

And here is what I started with.
http://sterlingthimble.blogspot.com/2013/09/burgundy-wool-wrap-skirt.html
Burgundy Wool Wrap Skirt - Simplicity 7015


I couldn't be happier with this skirt remake. My wrap skirt was nice but it did nothing for my rectangular shape.... except exaggerate it. By remaking it into a pencil skirt, especially this pencil skirt, I also remade my figure... into one with curves. Yeah!!!

As you can see, that wrap skirt really had nothing but the fabric going for it... so I took that quality and put it to good use. I love this fabric. It's an amazingly buttery tropical weight wool in a rich burgundy. How fun is that?

I used my new favorite skirt pattern, Butterick B5917 Ruffle Dress. Lol, I know, it's a dress... but no one said that you couldn't omit the top portion and just finish the waistline with a nice facing. In fact that is just what I did with this pattern last month, in making my black linen skirt. For that one I used the skirt pattern all the way to the top, just under the bust.

This time, I chopped it off just below the waistline and added a band with an overlap and hook and eye closure. I kept the zipper at center back along with the hemline slit. I did add 2 inches to the hem length because I like a nice deep, hand-stitched hem. Yes, I stitched the hem... as usual. I just can't help it... I had to get my "hand stitched" fix. :)

I have to say that this is the easiest skirt pattern ever. I even kept the front darts, which I don't usually do. I'm not sure if I really like those. If/when I make this up again as a regular skirt, I'll omit them and see if I like that better.

So, what do you think? Is this an improvement?

17 comments:

  1. What a lovely skirt - as you say, much more flattering. I'm a rectangle as well - our challenge is creating the illusion of curves, which you have done well.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz. Lol, You are right, it's all about illusion!! :)

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  2. This looks really good on you.. Indeed very flattering and sexy! Rectangle?? Really..??

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    1. Thanks so much Lysette. Yep, I have a very low waist to hip difference. Naturally, I have no curves, lol, so I have to "make" them. :)

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    1. Thank you for the nice compliment. :)

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  4. great job - I am always hate working on clothing. I get all excited and make the garment - only to not fit me like I think it should. I think it is a combination of my weird body and poor sewing! ANYWAY - your skirt look great!

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    1. Oh Shelly, do keep trying with garment sewing. It can be very rewarding. Unfortunately modern patterns are not always easy to work with. Thanks so much for your encouraging compliments. :)

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  5. Lovely little skirt :) Well done, Jessica!

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  6. Love your skirt refashion...it's a definite improvement! Thanks for linking up to Challenge Create. Be sure to go vote today!

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    1. Thanks.... and thanks for the reminder. :)

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  7. Your skirt turned out great! And I love the color.

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  8. Dropped by from SBS Anything Goes - it looks fabulous on you, a big wow :D

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    1. Thanks Chrissie. And thanks for stopping by. :)

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  9. A definite improvement, Jessica. A very flattering skirt.

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Thanks so much for your comments.