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This is the week of finished objects cause I have a lot of them that have gone unblogged for quite some time….cough…butterfly. You may also notice that my blogging of said finished objects is going to be a little out of order over the next week because getting the pictures of these things is hard work. My mother was my personal photographer for the modelled shots and she is not so savvy with the digital camera so even these pictures were a lot of work. Can’t say I love them, but you will get the idea. Too bad I don’t have a personal trainer and a fabulous air brush artist like most models because I did quite a bit of editing to keep my self esteem in tack after seeing some of these pictures. Must get chub back to the gym…yesh!

Fabric: Amy Butler French Wallpaper in Mustard from the Belle Collection
Inspiration: Amy Butler Barcelona Skirts – Layered Version
Modifications: None
Difficulty: 7
Enjoyment Factor: 8
Sewing Time:
Probably 6 hours over two days

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The Good:

  • Amy Butler Pattern + Time = Professional looking outcome. This always seems to be the right equation for her patterns. And this pattern doesn’t miss. I used bleached permanent press muslin for my lining. The lined skirt feels like I bought it at the store. In fact, this is my first lined skirt ever so I am feeling pretty FABULOUS!

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  • Amy Butler + Interfacing = Blood + Lots of Time also seems to hold true. Good thing these skirts don’t have any interfacing…phew!
  • Me likey the invisible zipper. My advice…get the invisible zipper foot, it is worth the lack of heartache and yields a very professional look.

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The Bad:

  • Matching up the layered front and back pieces was kinda tricky. All those seams, if not done carefully, can lead to some cussing when you get to this part so all pay close attention cause it pays off in the end. I was not so careful on the last layer of my front pieces and had to rip and resew.

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  • All those damn pieces to cut and resew. Kinda made me long for the simple A-line, non-layered version which only have about 4 pieces instead of the 10 pieces for the layered version.
  • Hems. I don’t like hems. I really need to follow Blossoms advise over at Whispering Pine and get me some more sewing machine feet, especially that narrow hem foot. I love her blog, so much inspiration to be had. For me, Whispering Pine is to sewing as Brooklyntweed is to knitting. I just love them!

The Ugly:

  • Ok, don’t know if this will or will not be an ugly in the future, but looking at my skirt it is already fraying without being washed. I know you are saying, “Duh!! What did you expect would happen?” .  And I know this was the intentional design of Amy Butler, however, when I think about this a little more is it going to fray to the point of being unusable in the future?  I don’t worry about this so much because I rarely wear skirts so this one may last a lifetime based on my past history of skirt wearing 😛 It was just a question I had and a thought for future layered skirt sewer, but nothing to get in a tissy over.
    • Update: Valdorsha gave some good observations to my question over at Craftster where I also posted about the skirt for anyone interested.

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