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Red Winter Skirt – Butterick B6219

Working through my #ootd project has already taught me many things and one of them is that I need more skirts I can wear in the winter! I decided that something I could whip up quickly would be a good start (even though I’m fantasizing about elaborate wool concoctions) so I grabbed Butterick B6219, some fabric from my stash, and got to it. It took me 1.5 baby naps (how I measure everything these days), so Fast & Easy is right!

I made a couple minor fit changes to the pattern. I added a few inches in length (which is standard for me since I’m 5’10”). I also added more shaping to the yoke and shortened the waistband piece as I wanted to reduce as much bulk as possible from the elastic gathered waist. I generally make elastic waistbanded garments with as little gathering at the waistband as possible (my Conifer Skirt is a good example) because, no matter what size your belly is, it’s not a place that anyone wants to add extra bulk.

The waistband is sewn in an interesting manner. You sew a casing for the elastic and then flip it to the inside of the waistband so that your waistband can be wider than your elastic without a visible seam in the waistband. It’s a pretty neat construction trick, though it does add a bit more bulk to the waistband than a normal casing.

The fabric is a red ponte roma from Minerva Crafts. It’s been sitting in my stash since I was pregnant. I had intended to make it into a pair of maternity pants but didn’t ever feel well enough to do so. Then I thought it would be a great gift to make Adam some lounge-around-the-house pants out of it since we have a running joke/argument about red pants but I never quite got around to it. I think my subconscious was waiting for exactly the right project with this fabric and this was definitely it! The red is a very bright true red (that I had to desaturate a bit in my photos for any details to come through). It’s a nice weight for a bottom sewn from jersey.

I like the shaping on the skirt. The front and back yokes have a nice curve to them that works well on my body and the slight cocoon shaping does good things to my curves as well.

I’m not super sold on the construction instructions for the skirt. Reading between the lines, I’m guessing they intend for you to sew it out of a jersey but want it to be worn with enough ease that none of the seams ever stretch? It has you stabilize the curved bottom of the yoke with a stay stitch and also calls for you to double stitch all of your seams. It seemed silly to me so I used a narrow zig-zag that would stretch with wear and finished all the seams with my serger. Finishing the seams is also nice because the interior of the skirt is very visible with wear.

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  1. Hi, Erin.

    I’m a beginner with more enthusiasm than skill (but just recently all my seams seem to follow a straight line, so I’m definitely getting better!!!) and I love love love this skirt. I also mean to make your comfiest ever long denim skirt (the one you make out of old jeans). Which should I start with? Your descriptions of your modifications to the pattern sound, to me, like double dutch. :-( Perhaps I’ve just answered my own question!!!!

    Thanks!

    Kai

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      I think both skirts are doable for a beginner – they each have different bits that will be new/tricky – especially if you reach out and ask someone if you get confused/stuck. You’re welcome to ping me if you have any questions!

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