I Made a Skirt!!

I finally got round to completing my first skirt for the Love What You Wear Project! An A-line skirt, made following Butterick pattern B4461. Yes, it could do with a good press 😉

Here’s the front:

skirt front

and the back:

skirt back

and look – it even has a zip!

it has a zip

Making this has made me really appreciate how much work goes into making even a simple garment, which has made me even more determined to avoid buying cheap, fast fashion. I have also learned new skills like:

  • transferring pattern markings using tailor’s tacks
  • sewing darts
  • inserting a zipper
  • constructing a faced waist

That’s the good news!

The bad news is that, frankly, the skirt doesn’t suit me at all.  The A-line shape is probably flattering on someone taller and curvier, but does not suit my figure.  And I don’t like the way the fabric drapes either.  I am still pleased I made it though, because of all the things I have learned.  But I think, before I make any more clothes, I am going to have to have a long, hard think about what sort of clothes I really like and what suits me.  This dressmaking lark really is the opposite of fast fashion!  But I think that I will end up with fewer clothes, but more flattering clothes, so that’s got to be worthwhile, right?


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15 thoughts on “I Made a Skirt!!

  1. Morwhenna Woolcock says:

    Lovely Skirt! And great to have learnt so many skills as a result – but shame it doesn’t suit you. that’s my biggest fear too and I think partly the reason why I’ve not actually made anything yet as I want to get the right patterns for my shape! I have some I like now and think will suit me – so next step is really getting started! Having worked out I’m a clear winter pear has really helped.

  2. Slizzy says:

    The skirt s really vibrant and looks really well made. Well done on your achievement. I think before I tackle making any clothes I need to tone up and lose a few pounds (or is that just an excuse for me to cop out of trying. Hmm maybe). I fear putting in zips too. Yours looks professionally put in 🙂

    • vivjm says:

      Su – putting in the zip was really easy! I don’t know why I had such a phobia of it before. I used instructions from Ruth Singer’s book “Sew it up” which I really recommend.
      I don’t think you should wait to tone up/lose a few pounds before you start – you can always alter the clothes you make to fit better when you lose the weight 🙂

  3. Jen says:

    I love the fabric! How disappointing that it diesn;t suit you. I did a similar thing when I made a wrap dress for my brother’s wedding last year. Spent ages making it, and then when I tried it on I hated it! Guess the lesson is to go and find a dress or skirt in the style of your intended pattern 1st, and try it on to see if it suits you, before putting blood, sweat and tears (in my case!) into something that then doesn’t suit you at all! I had forgotten about this, your post has reminded me, so hopefully I won’t make the same mistake again! Well done for learning some new skills-very impressed with your zip, and I’m not sure I even know what a ‘faced waist’ is, but well done!!

    • vivjm says:

      Thanks Jen – shame about your wrap dress. I guess when you buy something you just try it on and decide whether you like the fit – but making something, you have to imagine how it’s going to look before you start. I guess you get to know with practice what suits, which is partly why I am sticking to thrifted and cheap material for now!

  4. Love your fabric choice. It’s so nice to see someone doing some sewing!

  5. What a beautiful pattern! I admire anyone that can see and that was a big accomplishment to make a skirt. Great job and great post.

  6. Janet says:

    Good for you! I haven’t sewed in years and then only something quite simple. Most patterns didn’t suit me…just as you said about your skirt.

  7. Would be good to see pics of it on you so we can figure out ways of modifying it for a better fit.

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