A new pencil skirt

17 Jan

Butterick B5466As I wanted a little more practice with my machine on an easy pattern before delving into some of my daunting New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to return to anther old favorite: Butterick B5466.

I’ve made a few variations of it now, including a great denim version of D which I wore just the other day (hence the inspiration). IMG_3086Plus I happened to have a lovely dark green fabric in my stash. The fabric is a medium weight cotton (drill?) which I picked up in Japan last year. I’m trying to get better at identifying my fabric – what would you say this is? I decided to stick with version D as I love princess seams.

To start with I jumped straight in at the deep end: trying my new #35 invisible zipper presser foot. In the past I always put invisible zippers in with my normal zipper foot, which probably accounts for why they were never entirely invisible. I decided I’d better do my research first and found this tutorial absolutely brilliant. Invisible zipper foots, I quickly discovered, are AMAZING. I’ve never had such an invisible zipper and there’s only a hint of a bump at the bottom. HURRAH.

The last time I made this skirt I used a fabric with about 5% stretch and had down-sized to make a 10 or 12 (I cant remember!). But according to the measurements I’m a 14.  So I’m going with that this time as there is a bit of give along the bias but that wont help me much. To be extra cautious I decided to baste all my seams first to reduce potential unpicking! A handy trick I’ve started using is to baste in a contrasting color which makes it much easier to see and later remove!

The fit was pretty good though a touch big on the hips. But I figured that as I was going to use the overlock stitch which takes in an extra 1/4″ to the seams, I’d be ok. This made it fit perfectly. I went back and trimmed the excess fabric with my pinking shears. Having finished the seams so nicely, I decided a little extra touch on the facing would be nice. So I encased the bottom raw edge with bias binding I made from some scrap William Morris print. My ‘insides’ are looking pretty spiffy now!


The final touch was the hem. And once again I turned to my little stash of new gadgets for the #5 invisible stitch presser foot. I’ve done invisible hems before but never had the speacial food, so like my zips, its always been a bit hit and miss.  I find this tutorial quite a good reminder. This time though it came out brilliant! Can you see any stitches?




7 Responses to “A new pencil skirt”

  1. navybluethreads January 18, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

    Great job and I love that flash of print on the inside, very neat 🙂


  2. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! January 21, 2016 at 3:55 am #

    Nicely done! I think my life changed for the better too when I got my invisible zipper foot. I used a regular Singer zipper foot before. The new one is much better!

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  1. Week 1 – Me Made May | Thimble & Threads - May 8, 2016

    […] with a simple/plain skirt. I tried making this pattern again in January – making it out of a lovely green fabric (which wasn’t stretch) but the effect really wasn’t the same and I don’t wear it […]


  2. #Top5Misses | Thimble & Threads - December 13, 2016

    […] Butterick B5466 – While I love the pattern, the fabric I chose was simply too heavy for it I think, as a result it always felt stiff and awkward. The skirt didn’t get worn very often and eventually found it’s way to the charity shop. […]


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