Twirly Black Skirt – Butterick B5047

I usually wear jeans – almost everyday. If its really hot, I might wear shorts. Lately I’ve decided I’d like to dress up more. I have a number of skirts, but most of them aren’t the kind of thing I’d wear out – most are either too fancy or too short. One of my big goals for making that happen is to make myself a wardrobe of skirts that I want to wear. I’m a little scared yet of making up skirts without a pattern, but hopefully I’ll get there by the end of the summer. I’ve been picking up skirt patterns I like from JoAnn’s when I notice they’re on sale (they’re usually marked around $12-$15, but at least one weekend a month they have one brand of patterns on sale for $1 or $2 – its a great deal!).  I now have a good stack of skirt patterns, and finally got around to making myself one of them with a black woven fabric I got on sale at JoAnn’s a while back.

The pattern boasts ‘ready to wear sizing,’ and I found that the size which corresponded to my waist and hip measurements fit really well. It came much higher waisted than I wanted, so I took about 4″ off the top. I also ended up adding my own waistband, which doesn’t fit quite as well as I’d hoped – but its usually tucked under a shirt when I wear skirts, so its not the end of the world.

I love the twirliness and flowiness of this skirt! It just hangs really nicely – which I’m guessing is due to both the pattern and the nice drape of the fabric I used. I’m thinking about also making the jacket if I can find more of the fabric.

skirt twirl
I’m sharing this at some of these places.


11 thoughts on “Twirly Black Skirt – Butterick B5047

  1. Stopping by from Not Just a Housewife. Love, love the skirt. 🙂 Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. The most viewed link will receive a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels from my etsy shop. Hope to see you there.


  2. Just getting ready to make this skirt. Am I crazy or the piece 17 for the waistband is not there.
    I know you took 4 inches off the top but if you hadn’t what would have been your finished length? I could not find this measurement in the pattern. I really love your site.

    1. Sorry – but its been a long time since I made this skirt, and I don’t actually have it any more. You could always try making a muslin. Good luck!

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