Thursday, May 23, 2013
FO: Windswept Betsey Johnson Wrap Skirt
Because I have a blog, I can tell you that this project was conceived on 23 May 2011... so it's taken me two years to make this skirt. How did that happen? I was besotted the moment I saw it, and then I lost my nerve.
Pattern: Butterick 4089 from 1970-something, Betsey Johnson for Alley Cat, in size 25 waist
Fabric: 2 metres of herringbone-weave blue linen from Croft Mill, price forgotten but around £15 total?
Other: 30cm of red bandana-print bias binding, halved along the centre line, to face the pocket edges, red topstitching thread, mediumweight woven interfacing for the front waistband.
I had to piece together the waistband / ties to fit them into the available yardage, so lined up the joins at the side seams. Otherwise, I did what I was told.
I have to commend the design of this pattern. Everything fitted together beautifully, with especially clear instructions for fitting the waistband, which I had expected to be a bit tricky... but wasn't.
The only thing I would do differently next time would be to bind the edges of the pockets on the inside, as there are some raw edges under there. But that's just perfectionism.
I had planned to bind the hem, but in the end I stuck to the instructions and turned it under twice, adding topstitching. Lots of thread was used in the making of this skirt!
When I first tried it on, I was a bit disappointed. The linen has a tendency to stretch out across the bias and is probably a bit too thin for a skirt. It creases and ripples like crazy, and sculpts itself to the body, which is fine if you are standing up, but try sitting down and you will carry your bum-print around with you for the rest of the day!
However, when I went out in the wind to take these pictures, I found myself enjoying the swish and the swirl of it. It is rather wild and untamed when it gets out in the weather. Romantic?
And I am surprised and pleased to report zero knicker-flashing - woo hoo! I was so worried that this would be a major issue with a wrap-back skirt. And goodness knows it was tested!
In a different fabric, this skirt has the potential to swoop gracefully. I am seriously tempted to revisit the pattern one day. A maxi version? Ooh!
I like the style. It has swagger and drape and those huge pockets are so practical and welcoming.
But it is definitely a farm skirt.
An egg-collecting, wildflower-picking dog-walking skirt.