The “I Love Buttons” Skirt

First time sailor (but not last)

The "I Love Buttons" Skirt

Fabric: Half an IKEA AINA linen curtain plus pale pink lining from charity shop
Pattern: Loosely based on (free!) Burda Kasia skirt
Year: 2012
Notions: 6 buttons, 25cm zip
Time to complete: Weekend
First worn: 16 Jan 2012
Wear again?: Yes – with thicker tights or when it gets warmer!  Would make again in a thicker fabric, like cord.
Total Price: about £10 for the curtain fabric, rest was less than £5

Even though I have a wall of buttons, it took a while to narrow down the selection.  Once I decided to add the white piping around the pocket and waistband I wanted to keep the buttons quite simple.

As I’m not that experienced or fast a sewer, I’m still trying to keep things simple and I found the original Kasia had too many pieces for me.  I also felt the straight skirt shape would not suit my pear shape so I went for a simpler A line style  without a separate waistband or yoke.  I also put the zip in the back seam.

A lot of my fabric comes without labels – it’s from charity shops or car boot sales so knowing the fibre content and car instructions can be a bit hit or miss.  I cut out the first lining, ironed afterwards (I know, wrong way round) then realised it had shrunk.  Oops.  So that’s in the wash now and has reinforced my intention to wash and iron all fabric before it gets added to the stash. Still have a backlog to work through…

This was somewhat of a triple technical challenge for me with the buttons, lining and invisible zip.  I got through my first invisible zip with help from Sarai at Coletterie.

It’s the first homemade item I’ve worn at work that’s felt quite professional and has inspired me to make more office outfits – always nice to get compliments like “I thought it was from Monsoon”…


Ella Recycladelic

After catching the sewing bug early (Sindy outfits on Grandma's Singer treadle) and some crazy creations at art college, Ella has recently returned to dressmaking and all round crafting using mostly thrifted, vintage and recycled materials. Only a couple of items completed last year so Ella will be working harder, better, faster, stronger(?) this year to "make it work"!


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  1. Great skirt – and to be able to take a good basic pattern and adapt it to what better suits you is very handy.
    I’m loving the hotter weather that allows me to plough through my backlog of unwashed fabric purchases.

  2. This is awesome! Love the piping- I’m still not brave enough to try that technique. And congrats on the invisible zip :)

  3. Thanks Jen. It’s my first post so I hope to get the pics right next time! I’m taking advantage of my local launderette’s dryer as it’s not warm here. Still a big pile to get through :-(