The “Silver-Flecked Buttons” Skirt

The Facts
Fabric: Ivory gabardine fashion fabric from Discount Fabrics in San Francisco, white rayon lining from Joann’s
Pattern: Colette Patterns Beignet
Year: 2009
Notions: Ten shell buttons, twill tape, interfacing
Time to complete: Three evenings
First worn: January 15, 2012
Wear again? Yes
Total price: $30?

I’ve wanted to make a Colette Patterns Beignet skirt ever since I found out about Colette Patterns.  There was something about the shape that I loved.  Every time I saw yet another online seamstress make this skirt, I would think to myself, “I must buy that pattern.”  This past fall I finally did.  But, holiday sewing got the best of my plans to make it then.  It still languished after I’d finished all of my holiday sewing since I was a bit intimidated by all of those buttons.  In a row.  Enter the Sew Weekly “Buttoned Up” challenge.  I pulled out the pattern, some ivory gabardine I’d been saving for such a skirt and some amazing ivory buttons with silver flecks, and I conquered my fear.

Surprisingly, the most agonizing part was the hem.  I painstakingly hand-stitched the hem using a blind-hem stitch, catching only a single thread of the outer shell with each stitch.  Once finished, it was incredibly painful to see that each tiny prick showed just a little bit.  I went back and forth over whether I should rip it out, but it seems necessary to hold the hem in place.  Next time I might use a fabric that will better hide those tiny stitches.  At least it’s invisible in the photos, which likely means I’m fretting about something no one else will ever notice.

The buttons ended up being my favorite part.  I only added ten, stopping a bit short of the suggested eleven for my size.  I liked the even number and the bit of wiggle room at the bottom.  I used my machine for both the buttons and the buttonholes.  Though my machine has an easy-to-use one-step buttonholer, we had a bit of a rough start.  Initially, the sequence went:  sew a bad buttonhole, rip it out, try it again, sew two good buttonholes in a row. Thankfully, after three successions and three bad buttonholes ripped out, the rest of the buttonholes went just fine.  And, the buttons were easy.  I set my machine to a wide stitch with no length, taped the buttons in place with a bit of clear tape, and stitched away.

I love the buttons.  From a distance they hide in the skirt for a nice, subtle effect.  But, up close they come alive with their shiny silver flecks.

I didn’t skimp on the inside either.  The skirt is fully lined with a bright white rayon. Though white is awfully boring, I didn’t want the lining to dull the color of the ivory.  I’ve read countless other seamstresses mention the sewing of the concave facing to the convex lining, and I agree that it’s tricky.  It wasn’t so bad, but I admit to wondering at one point if I really needed a lining.  Maybe not for another fabric, but yes for this ivory gabardine.

All in all I am very pleased with this skirt.  It’s everything I imagined a Beignet to be.  Now to dream up my next Beignet…

Author

ahearta

Amy slowly eased her way into sewing in 2010. In 2011 her hobby truly blossomed, aided in part by the wonderful Sew Weekly community. She can also be found writing on her own blog, Sew Well.

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  1. Soooo pretty! I love your sassy belt!

  2. It’s a beautiful skirt! I love all of the buttons too.

  3. Very well done! I commend you on your buttons and buttonholes. The skirt looks great on you!

  4. It looks lovely! The buttons and color are fabulous!

  5. Looks fab – I like your styling

  6. Oooo, I love buttons, they’re beautiful! Congrats on the patience to do blind hem stitch, it looks great!

  7. Loving the buttons, the skirt looks great!

  8. The buttons are gorgeous and the skirt looks amazing! The BEignet has stumped me three times in a row now so I am super impressed with how it looks and that it only took you three evenings. Well done!

  9. I love everything you sew & the way you style it. Thanks for sharing ….. And inspiring!

  10. Thanks everyone! I love getting your compliments each week. You’re such a wonderful group of ladies. I can’t thank you enough.

  11. I feel your pain on ripping out buttonholes, but what a fabulous skirt you have made. The inside looks as fine as the outside.

  12. This pattern is sitting in my sewing room just waiting for me…. I really want to make it but all those button holes scare me! Maybe once I concur the Beignet I will have enough confidence to make the Ceylon that is also patiently waiting for me.

    I love the way your buttons “blend” with your fabric – Makes for one very classy skirt!!!

  13. Oh! It’s so pretty, well done!

  14. I like the photo of the close-up of the skirt and sweet buttons.

  15. Hi Amy,

    I really like your skirt, the colour and how it’s beautifully lined. I think it looks good on you and against the pretty pink top. I don’t mind hand sewing (therapeutic at times when you are not in a hurry) so thumbs up for blind hemming by hand but I would like to suggest you to this tutorial, MACHINE sewing blind hem WITHOUT a special blind hem foot. I swear by this technique now. It yields less bubbles/bumps on the hem and it’s easier than it looks! Try it!

    http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/07/blind-hem-stitch-with-a-sewing-machine.html

  16. Such a pretty skirt on both the inside and out, with cute buttons too! Thumbs up!

  17. Gorgeous! I really hate ripping out button holes! I’ve not made this pattern up yet because I’m a bit intimidated by all of the button holes. I think even worse is worrying that I didn’t line up the buttons and button holes properly and the whole thing will hang wonky.

  18. Looks great! I love the way you styled it too-

  19. cute, cute! i love your styling, too. that’s a darling skirt.

  20. This is lovely and classy, Amy! And the gabardine definitely deserved a lovely lining! I think you’ll find the blind hem will show less after wear and pressing (and it’s invisible in the photos anyway :) )