Blue and White Cotton Skirt with Pop of Red Top

Recently, Mike (the hubby) and I were heading to a casual event and I went to grab a summer skirt to wear.   It seemed like the perfect separate for  the weather and with a cute top, I would be neither over or under dressed.  Now you are probably guessing where this is going, yes, you are right.  I had no cute summer skirt.  This seems so not right, sewing skirts is a fun and quick project, right?

Mood Fabrics' textural cotton woven for a skirt using Burda 6904

 

I went with Burda 6904, a pattern I have been wanting to make for quite some time.  The fabric is the star of the show, Mood Fabrics’ blue/white textural woven cotton woven, which is sold out but the red/white is still available.  This fabric was wonderful to sew and I felt the drape was just perfect for this fun skirt, which cotton and linen are suggested fabrics.

Mood Fabrics' textural cotton woven for a skirt using Burda 6904

 

 

Let’s talk about the pattern, I went with a size 38, my usual with Burda patterns and the fit was perfect first time.  My choice was view B, the one with a yoke, upper panel and skirt panel.  Well, this view is the longest length at 24.75 inches and I ended up cutting off a couple of inches.  I did hang my skirt overnight for the lower section’s bias.  One thing that is quite nice with this Burda pattern, the lengths for all three views are  listed on the envelope back.

Mood Fabrics' textural cotton woven for a skirt using Burda 6904

 

I really want to make view A of this pattern, which is one more pattern piece, the center tier.   You could use Burda’s idea with two different fabrics and alternate the fabrics or you could purchase the red/white textural cotton fabric and use the reverse side.  The woven part on the reverse side looks like amazing, too.

Mood Fabrics' textural cotton woven for a skirt using Burda 6904

Now I can reach into my closet and have a great summer skirt, a fun pattern and the perfect Mood Fabric are a winning combination.  I started thinking about a top for my skirt and Butterick 6175, the boxy top was my choice.  The top I had made before in a fun bird print from Mood, so I knew the fit.   Mood Fabrics’ Stretch Viscose Ponte was the fabric I selected for this boxy top.  Since I was using a knit, I folded out the darts and curved the edge of the dart just a bit, easing that curve into the back piece.  I also added 1″ to the length just to have a bit extra for “just in case”.  Much easier to add when cutting out than wishing I had more length when hemming, right?

 

Mood Fabrics' Viscose Ponte used to make Butterick 6175

 

 

As you can tell in the picture, I am not wearing the boxy top with the skirt.  I just did not like the look.  Using the viscose ponte, made this top heavy and too much for the fun, twirly skirt.  I do love this top in this fabric and will wear it so much this summer.  An exposed zipper is a fun touch for the back.

exposed zipper on Butterick 6175, fabric from Mood Fabrics

 

I did take off 1/2″ from the sleeve length and slimmed the sleeves just a bit.  I loved the neckline in my bird print top but with the heavier ponte, I lowered the neckline one inch.  The neckline is bound with a small facing as not to add more bulk, topstitching was added to the neckline.

Mood Fabrics' Viscose Ponte used to make Butterick 6175

 

I might take a bit more off the length of the top and the sleeves, I am still on the fence.  What do you think?   Does it look too long for the style?  Even though my plan for these two separates to work together did not pan out, I have two great garments to finish up the summer.

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Comments


  • Karen
    July 8, 2015

    Adorable skirt and cute top. The latter seems well proportioned in the sleeves and hem length you chose so I wouldn’t change them.

    • Lori
      July 15, 2015

      Thanks, Karen, I think that is good advice on the shirt. I appreciate it.

  • Amanda S.
    July 8, 2015

    Great separates! I have that skirt pattern and love the way yours turned out.

    • Lori
      July 15, 2015

      Thanks, Amanda, I really like the skirt.

  • Laurie
    July 8, 2015

    Very nice work. I agree that the ponte is too heavy for the skirt but it is perfect for the white slacks. The skirt is lovely, too, but anyone wearing this will need to have perfect posture to carry it off(which you have in the pictures).

    • Lori
      July 15, 2015

      Thanks, Laurie, I will remember to stand up straight! My mom continues to tell me that – LOL.

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 9, 2015

    Great pieces, Lori! The exposed zipper elevates the top along with the other alterations. I have sewn that skirt pattern and may sew another one after seeing yours :)

    • Lori
      July 15, 2015

      Thanks, Sarah, the exposed zipper is such a nice feature. I am going to make that skirt again, for sure.

  • anne jewell
    July 10, 2015

    lori–before you shorten the hem of the top, you might want to ‘sit-test’ it while wearing your white trousers. if you shorten it too much you might have a patch of exposed skin in back (mosquito magnet).–anne

    • Lori
      July 15, 2015

      Oh, you are so right, the sitting test is a good one.

  • Sarah
    July 13, 2015

    Where can I get help with cutting out fabric. I can’t follow the instructions or maybe I am missing something here.

  • Amy
    July 13, 2015

    I really like your new skirt and top, but I’m sorry they didn’t work well together. At least they seem to work very well with the other pieces you paired them with. Hope you get a lot of wear out of them this summer!

    • Lori
      July 15, 2015

      Thanks, Amy, two garments are great and I know they will be well-loved this summer.