Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lavender and Mint



So far this year I am being a good little seamstress and using what I already have on hand.  (Excepting the thread and zipper that I needed to complete the project - but those bits don't really count, do they?)


This mint fabric is something I thought I would never use.  I purchased it years and years ago from the flat fold upholstery remnant table at JoAnn Fabrics.  It is made of, you guessed it, polyester or a poly-cotton blend!  The horror!!


I believe it is trying its best to imitate a watered silk (although the moirĂ© pattern is hard to see in these pictures).  The color is lovely, but the heavy material never seemed to suit any particular project . . . until now!


I picked the pattern up on ebay in a lot of three Butterick Retro reproductions that I missed out on when they were initially published.  When Butterick 6699 arrived, I will admit I was disappointed.  From the pattern illustration I assumed this was a dress pattern.


But after my initial regret, I realized that this is a really great skirt pattern.  It does, however, use a ton of fabric - especially if your fabric is directional - and let’s be honest, most of them are.  I really could not tell with this particular fabric, but because of the sheen, and because I had the yardage, I decided to play it safe.



It is a very easy and basic pattern – the only alteration I made was to move the zipper from the side to the center back seam.


And when I find the right fabric, I believe I may have to make another!



Sweater:  Made by me, "Elise"
Skirt:  Made by me, Butterick 6699
Coat:  Victoria’s Secret
Shoes:  Nine West

13 comments:

  1. I love, love, love your skirt! Gored skirts are my favorites, I love the flippy hems!

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  2. Such a lovely skirt! I had never seen this particular retro Butterick before either. :]

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  3. nice sweater too, a retro with a little update.

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  4. A lovely flattering skirt. I love gored skirts, they sit so well.

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  5. Beautiful skirt, it has a gorgeous drape. And I love the colour combination, your sweater is even my favorite colour.

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  6. love the length, the color combo,everything....very flattering!

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  7. Great skirt! I thought your pattern was also a dress...

    HRF

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  8. that is such a pretty skirt, perfect proportions.

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  9. Simply beautiful! That gentle mint colour is so serene, sweet and elegant.

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Love the shape of that skirt, Laura Mae, and the color. Can't believe that was just a skirt pattern!

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  11. I totally would've thought that would be a dress pattern -- how funny! I loooove those colors, especially together. and it looks like that fabric has the perfect amount of drape for this style - lovely!

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  12. Loving mint lately, and that is a lovely skirt!

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  13. Lovely color...and very elegant and sexy!!! love this kind of skirts!!!

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