Butterfly skirt and a real life encounter!

I went to the Sewing Directory meeting in Exeter at the weekend with my dear friend Sue.  A great day and inspiring to meet so many creative people.  We all oohed and aahed over each others work.  Rachel from House of Pinheiro was there – she is lovely, and my first sewing blogger met in real life!

I wore this skirt which I’d finished the day before.   It turned out to be very appropriate  in a room full of quilters and patchworkers.  Lots of people came up to me as they recognised the pattern  Sinister Swarm by Anna Maria Horner.  A good tip if you’re going somewhere where you don’t know many people – wear a conversation starter!  It is quilting cotton, but not as stiff as some so worked well for this skirt.

Sinister swarm skirt  Butterfly skirt back

I used Burda pattern number 122 from issue 4/2012.  This pattern was one of the first I used last year when I started to sew clothes.  It’s very simple, with just four darts and small pockets so great if you only have a little fabric.  I had a yard of this and even managed to squeeze the pocket linings out of it.  Looking forward to wearing with a t-shirt and brown legs!

Butterfly skirt

Pattern matching didn’t really happen as I had so little fabric, but it looks ok I think.  I’m very proud of my invisible zip – looking back at my early attempts at invisibility makes me laugh now!

Pattern: Burda 122 – 4/2012 £0 (used before)
Fabric:   £10
Other: Silk cotton lining, zip £7
Time in fabric stash:   4 months

Total: £17

12 responses to “Butterfly skirt and a real life encounter!

  1. Lovely skirt! The pattern looks like the perfect base for some gorgeously printed fabric. I’m so with you on looking forward to wearing skirts with a t-shirt and brown legs – it must warm up soon, right?!

  2. I got the pattern in the mail! Thank you. Great skirt too 😉 I can’t wait to meet Rachel next month at the London meet up!

  3. Love your bold skirt! The jury’s out re quilting cotton for clothing, but I say go for it! Especially if its AMH!

  4. Oooh, pretty! This fabric works great as a skirt! I love this print – I’m using it right now (in voile) as a lining for a coat!

  5. Great skirt. I love the fabric and think some of the bigger prints on quilting fabrics just cry out to be made into garments, looks like the perfect pattern to match the fabric choice 🙂

  6. i’ve admired that fabric for a while now, so it’s great to see it as a skirt – it’s perfect and mulit-season!

  7. Ha ha, good point! Sew something from a pattern everybody will recognize = instant ice breaker! 🙂 I really like the skirt, and the fabric is SO springy!

  8. Great looking skirt! Sounds like a fun day. 🙂

  9. Houseofpinheiro

    The skirt is beautiful in real life.. Was lovely meeting you and Sue…

  10. The butterflies are remarkable and the skirt is very cute!

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