By only three votes on the last day the flared skirt B won our poll for the pattern to make next month. Pleated skirts are everywhere so I am really excited to get started.

Remember Butterick patterns are on sale through tomorrow at Joanne Fabrics for $1.99 so go get this months pattern right away.

p.s. If your skirt didn't win then go get the other pattern as well. In my opinion you can never have enough breezy summer skirts.


  1. We don't have a JoAnn, but Hancock's has Butterick for 99 cents this weekend (until the 31st!)

  2. I don't live near either but found a place where sewing patterns can be downloaded. They had a free top which I am going to try today and I'll let you know how it goes if you are interested.

    I can't believe I'm going to be sewing something with a zipper. I've avoided zippers for 40 years, since middle school home ec class. Any hints?

    I'm glad that I found this blog. It will be fun to sew with others.


  3. Anonymous30.5.09

    I got my pattern yesterday, I can't wait to have some time to fabric shop!

  4. Anonymous30.5.09

    great because I have had this pattern for awhile and have yet to make it.

  5. I think I am going to try it this time around! I just finished my first real sewing project, so this skirt looks good for a beginner like me :)

  6. This will be perfect for my younger daughter's internship-this summer we plan to have her (finally) learn how to use her sewing machine! great choice, it should be fun!

  7. Hey Christine - there are some great zipper tutorials on youtube. :-)

  8. Help!! I am lost on just starting the pattern, I don't understand how to fold and cut the fabric. Could you define some of the terms like "crosswise" and "cutting from selvedge to selvedge"

  9. Such a cute skirt! I've had this pattern for a while, too and am looking forward to actually using it.

    Dink - the selvedge on the fabric is the tighter bound egde. Fabric is usually folded with the selvedge edges meeting (so they would be together at one end and then the fold would be at the other end) and then wrapped around the bolt. Cutting crosswise would be laying your pattern piece across the fabric with the selvedge being at one end (say the top of your shirt) and the other selvedge or fold at the other end (the bottom of your shirt). Cutting something lengthwise would be to turn that pattern piece to be parallel to the selvedge (so your shirt pattern piece would have it's side next to the selvedge now).

    Okay, that's probably as clear as mud. I can't think of how better to explain it though. Have you heard of PatternReview.com? There are message boards there you can do a search on or post questions for help.

  10. Thank you for your help!!

  11. I finally picked up the pattern today! I'm trying to decide which fabric to use and which version to start with - thanks for the inspiration...

  12. I bought the stuff and cut out the pieces!

  13. ok, I want to do this!! When must it be finished?

  14. it doesn't have an exact deadline, but we do try to do one project each month. so a good goal is by the end of the month.

  15. Anonymous16.6.09

    anyone else have trouble with the pattern? I made mine and it's so big it looks horrible. I had to take it in about 6 inches on each side, and about 4 inches on the bottom! I'm still messing with it trying to make it wearable.

  16. which one did you make, Tammy? I had to do a bit of fussing w/ mine, but I made View D.

  17. I made view D, but I'm sure View Cis identical but shorter.
    ok, here's some help, maybe. I KNOW american patterns run big. I also know that if I measure myself, I wear like a 16 or 18 (I wear a 12 RTW)

    I bought the smaller size range pattern, but I had to make the yoke two inches larger (I discovered this AFTER I had put it together). Since I KNOW my waistband MUST be 36 inches, this wouldn't have happened if I had checked before cutting it out...oops!
    waistband length is waist+seam allowance +ease

    Because I knew the sizing was going to be wonky, I chose to put the skirt together in the following order.
    1. complete the waistband/yoke and topstitching
    2. sew backs of skirt to front
    3. attach yoke/waistband to skirt. I did this on my dressfrom to make sure it would fit properly. I had already added the extra two inches I needed, so I was wondering how it would fit onto the unaltered skirt. Surprisingly, it fit perfectly. Go figure??
    Press seam toward yoke, doubleneedle topstitch
    4. Attach zipper (using pattern method)
    5. sew back seam
    6. hem
    7. Attach hook and eye above zipper, and two decorative felt buttons to the panel I added to the yoke.

    I hope that helps someone.

  18. Anonymous17.6.09

    Hi Jacki, I also made D. I don't know what happened with mine, maybe I measured myself wrong. I sewed the front to the back and then put the yolk on, this is when I tried it on because it looked horribly big. It was falling off me and down to my ankles. So what I finally ended up doing was taking off the yolk all together and just taking in the sides until it was the right size for me. I figure whatever shirt I wear will be covering up the top edge of the skirt anyway, so I just sewed the waist to the lining fabric with the seam inside the two layers and then top stitched the waist. It's not how I was supposed to do it but it worked, all I have left is to put on the zipper because I forgot to buy one when I bought the fabric. Oh well, it's not like anyone else will see how badly put together it is.

  19. hurray, finished!

  20. Oh darn! Wish I'd found you sooner! I actually have this pattern and would have loved participating. Dang!