I rarely use patterns when I make skirts, preferring to just whack out a dirndl. It's easy to just throw together a couple of rectangles and you can hem it by machine! But I made an exception for Butterick 6285, one of the new(ish) releases in the "Patterns by Gertie" Butterick line.
This pattern is a bit of a fabric guzzler with those four double box pleats; I had several lengths in my stash that were just a bit too short. Also, keep in mind this is cut on the cross grain--in fact, the skirt front is cut on the fold on the cross grain and the back of the skirt is a bit off, so this is not a pattern for obvious directional prints! A non-directional floral (like mine or Gertie's) or a smallish abstract or ditsy print will work better. This would also be stunning in a solid color of something luxe.
I made the size 12, but I would drop down to a size 10 if I made this a second time. I was between sizes (looking at finished measurements!! always finished measurements, ladies!) and I opted to size up since I'd rather something be a bit too big than too small. I may take this skirt in a bit on the sides; I probably won't bother unpicking the waistband, I'll just make a little tuck.
Inside, I serged all my raw edges (yay, serger!). I took up a pretty deep hem (easing it in with a long basting stitch) and then hemmed by hand. It really does make a difference, and I like the added control with such a wide, curved, edge.
Overall, I really like this for when I'm looking for something a bit swingier than my regular dirndl; between those two shapes I think I'm just about set for super-full skirts. Now if I could find a perfect bell/a-line mini (this one is on my radar) I'd be done buying skirt patterns... right?
Also, I'd like to say thank you for all your kind words and advice on my last post. It means a lot that y'all not only put up with my occasional rambles, but also have such thoughtful things to say!
You're welcome for not linking an absolutely gorgeous, irresistible Dolce & Gabbana skirt for $1000. And another one from Erdem.
ps: actually, when i first saw the pattern, i breezed right by it assuming that it was a circle skirt. it wasn't until i saw this post of gertie's that I could even see what was going on and gosh it's cute! who would have known.
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