Pattern: Butterick 5285, View D.
Pattern Sizing: 6-22, I cut the 14.
Description: Skirts A, B, C, D have side seam pockets, back zipper and waistband. A: front and back gathers. B: front and back pleats. C, D: front and back stitched pleats. C: contrast hem band. A, B, C, D: length is mid-knee.
I was completely inspired by this upcoming season's a-line leather skirts. I had pinned a few a while ago and used them as a reference point. This Butterick pattern was perfect for what I wanted. I wanted something that was edgy, but at the same time feminine... hence the flouncy chiffon top and the maryjane peeptoes. My husband said the look was "June Cleaver on acid"! LOL I wanted to wear my new Kenneth Jay Lane belt that I found at TJ Maxx and I kept adding gold accessories. And while "shopping" my closet, I found this polka dot blouse that I made FOUR years ago!
I found this faux leather at Hancock. I'd seen it last year but I didn't buy any. I took a chance a couple of weeks ago, hoping that they'd have it again and they did. The fabric is 55% polyurethane/45% polyester. I bought a teflon foot for my machine (Bernina #56) and used a Microtex needle. (Had this been real leather, I would have used a leather needle.) And I had no problems... it was pretty easy to work with.
I made my usual lengthening of 3 inches. I added an exposed metal zipper and a 2 inch deep hem. And even though the pattern didn't call for a lining, I lined my skirt with Bemberg Rayon.
If you love an a-line skirt with gathers or pleats, and whether you choose leather, faux leather or a woven -- I highly recommend this skirt!