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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Watercolor Voile Hi-lo Skirt- Butterick 5892


I've not been doing a ton of sewing lately, as it is garden season!  It's been so beautiful outside, that I really just want to soak up as much sunshine as I can.  We took these photos in my rose garden.  I adore roses.  They are fussy and unpredictable, but when they are good, they are really, really good!  Hmmm....they sound a lot like some of my favorite fabrics- I detect a pattern here.

In my last post, I talked about my most versatile skirt pattern.  This skirt is not from that pattern, but it is probably my favorite skirt.  It is from Butterick 5892  I made this last year, and it always brings me happiness whenever I wear it.  I realize that not everyone is fond of ruffles, and I'm generally not either, but for some reason, this one calls to me.


Perhaps it's the hi-lo hemline.  It's a lot easier to walk in than a maxi-skirt where the length is the same all around. I don't have to worry about picking it up when I go up stairs.  The upper skirt is lined, but the ruffle is not, so it is opaque where it needs to be, and sheer where it doesn't matter.

Perhaps it's the combination of elastic and drawstring waist that makes it super flexible to move in it.   Have an extra piece of pie?  Sure, why not- my skirt won't mind!



Or perhaps its the watercolor cotton voile that is so light and airy, that you can't even feel you are wearing it.  This was a "designer" voile that I bought several years ago from Fabric Mart.  The designer's name was on the selvage, and it was a big name, but darn it- I can't remember it now.  If you know, please tell me!


The pattern has other views,but I've only made the ruffled hi-lo hem version.  I did make it again in a slightly heavier fabric, and didn't like the results at all, so choosing a lightweight fabric is really important for such a huge ruffle.  The skirt itself is very simple, but the ruffle pieces are very, very long, and take a long time to run the basting stitches to gather.





Are you a gardener when it's nice outside, and a seamstress when it rains? 

Happy Sewing!

Ann

15 comments:

  1. I bought some voile too from Fabric Mart that was just lucious ... another designer and I can't remember either. Your skirt looks great from you.

    Count me as one having a hard time staying indoors right now to sew.

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  2. Darling skirt! What view did you make. In the line drawing the ruffled one doesn't appear to have a ruffle as deep as yours is. Did you add more length to the ruffle?

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    1. Hi Melissa,
      You are right! I pulled the wrong pattern for the post. It is actually Butterick 5892. This is what happens when you have too many patterns!

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  3. So cute. Much more intriguing than the envelope version of the same skirt. Did you change the length of the skirt and ruffle? Yours looks much longer in the ruffle, shorter in the skirt. Whatever you did - it's great!

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    1. Hi Coco,
      You have such a good eye! I reviewed the wrong pattern- it is Butterick 5892.I shouldn't have waited so long to review it!

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  4. Ann, this is a BEAUTIFUL skirt! I think this looks great! I think I have to have this pattern!

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  5. Ann, this is a BEAUTIFUL skirt! I think this looks great! I think I have to have this pattern!

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    1. Thanks, Sue! Please note that I gave you the wrong pattern number at first, and have now got the correct one.

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  6. Oh that is a lovely skirt Ann. No wonder you love it and you look like a country lady of leisure in your beautiful flower garden !

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  7. This is a much more subtle version of the "high-low" look, which I am not fond of, usually because it is so exaggerated. I really like your skirt.

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    1. Thanks, Patsijean! Yes, I like that about this one too. Some of them that I've seen in ready to wear go mid-thigh in the front, and those are definitely too short for my taste!

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  8. This is summer dressing at its best- feminine and flowing. Nice!

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