Saturday, April 13, 2013

Butterick 5649: Button Front Denim Skirt

This finished skirt exhibits signs of a very rare phenomenon: the back looks better than the front.

I'm almost never happy to show the rear view, but this one is an exception. Interesting!

My late A-line, six-gore paneled skirt wasn't anything to set the world on fire, but I found myself wearing it multiple times in a week. It finally became too bedraggled to continue in my service. You would think I would have made another right away, but no. Not exciting enough.

Side view

Finally I have replaced it, and I'm sure I will be oh so glad to have this skirt around. In fact, I have another yard of denim, and I'm thinking that the smart thing would be to make a second skirt, but a straight version (maybe Simplicity 2475).

Butterick 5649 is a nice basic pattern. The straight version didn't work out for me (strangely proportioned), but this gored one is nice. I made few changes: added 3/4" to the hem at the center back, tapering to nothing at the sides; widened the waistband. Otherwise it's a straight size 12. Left off the side seam pockets, with the understanding that patch pockets might be added in future.

Looking at the pattern just now, I see that I was meant to work the buttonholes vertically. Next time! I also think belt carriers could be nice, especially with the wider waistband. But then I would always need to wear a belt. Hmmm.

My idea for this skirt was something to wear with tucked in or shorter tops. The t-shirt I'm wearing is the Ottobre Woman Rose Top 2/2007. I blogged another of these back when.

This skirt provides lots of room for motion; here's my silly attempt to depict that:


  1. Looks like an amazingly versatile skirt. I think that the way you placed the buttonholes makes perfect sense. Horizontal buttonholes give you a bit of give when you sit down, or so it would seem to me.

  2. VERY nice. You'll get a lot of wear out of this one too.

  3. What a cute little skirt with a nice shape. The topstitching is lovely! This is a great wardrobe staple.

  4. That is so cute--and just exactly the sort of skirt I've been looking for!

  5. Excellent job! And a great wardrobe basic.