Butterick B5613: Misses Skirt (View C)

Butterick 5613 Skirt and Sash Sewing Pattern
Butterick 5613 Skirt and Sash Sewing Pattern
My latest sewing project was Butterick 5613 Misses Skirt and Sash Sewing Pattern.  I have to admit, I am not one for wearing skirts a lot. That is fortunate, because I will never wear this one.

I chose to make view C, a pleated skit with a yoke and a zipper in the back. Wait, did I just say ‘zipper’? I meant gaping, jagged hole. I CANNOT SEW ZIPPERS WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME???

The design of the skirt is casual and cute. On view c, the pleats give a nice flattering shape to the full skirt. I decided to sew top stitching on the pleats to give them a bit more structure. Um, the skirt has a fairly strong tennis vibe now. Overall, I like the design just fine, I was just unable to sew the zipper on correctly.

WHAT I DID WRONG

  1. Missing Pleat: Despite my best efforts at sewing the pleats (carefully tracing the lines, painstakingly pressing crisp folds) I messed up the pleats. When I had sewn all the pieces of the skirt together (pre-zipper), I looked down at my hard work and realized it was ruined. I had folded something the wrong way (or something) somewhere along the line, so there was a missing pleat. The inside of the skirt looked fine, so…maybe… I don’t know.
    Butterick 5613 Skirt
    Unhemmed, unironed...meh

    How I fixed it: I pulled out the stitches on the yoke above where the pleat should be. I then made a small fold in the main part of the skirt, essentially making a tiny pleat. I then sewed the yoke back on, and the dummy pleat looks just fine!
  2. Lining: Because I don’t want to walk around in an even slightly sheer skirt, I added the lining from view D (the Bubble Skirt). At first, like an idiot, I was pretty proud of myself for this innovation. It seemed like a smart idea! And for most people it seems like it would work. I am not most people. I think adding that extra fabric was what made it harder for me to deal with the zipper.
  3. And Finally… THE ZIPPER No matter what, I cannot sew on this zipper without a gigantic weird bubble at the end of the zipper. I have ripped off and reattached the zipper so many times. I even tried using an invisible zipper instead of a centered zipper, to no avail. Fine, Skirt. You win.

I did see a few examples of Butterick 5613 that other people made which were very successful. Adri Makes a Thing or Two made this skirt in view A. It looks good, I love the print. Sew It Make It Bake It also made this skirt, I believe in view C. She said it took her a couple of hours to make. Ha, I have been working on this FOREVER.

I used pretty cheap fabric to make this, at $4 a yard. This failure is not going to break the bank, but I am pretty disappointed. I am giving up. I am going to go sew an envelope pillow and lick my wounds.

3 thoughts on “Butterick B5613: Misses Skirt (View C)”

  1. Aw, that is a shame that the pleated skirt did not work out. I love that fabric (that’s my favorite color). I really want to learn how to do zippers, but I am afraid! 🙂

    Hey I noticed there’s no contact info for you guys on the blog (that I could find). If you have a minute, would you see if you can answer a question I have about the apron pattern? I just sewed both pockets together and turned them right side out, and the pattern says to stitch the top seams under. How do you do that with the pocket sewn up? Did you hand-sew it? I can’t get the pocket over my machine’s free arm now that the 3 sides are closed. Or am I missing something? I wish I’d sewn those edges down before making up the pocket. I think that would have worked better. Grrr. I have pictures of what I’m talking about on my blog (link above) if you do not know what I mean.

    1. Hi Maureen, thanks for letting us know about the contact info, I guess we forgot about that! And thanks for the link to your blog!

      Sorry for the long answer… Here is how I did my apron pocket. Now I am no expert so I hope I don’t ruin your project…

      OK if I understand the pocket situation, right now you have a pocket with three nice hidden seams on each side, and one side (the top) is just a raw unfinished edge for both pieces of fabric. You are going to be sewing the two pieces of fabric together so the pocket is one solid piece, and is ready to be attached on three sides to the main body of the apron.

      So, with the pocket turned right side out, you will need to tuck in the raw edges of the fabric a small amount towards the inside of the pocket. Make the tuck even so that side of the pocket is straight. You will then put top stitching on that side of the pocket, so all four sides are sewn down.

      I don’t know how to hand sew, so I use my machine. I guess I should learn…

      To be honest, my top stitching is messy and leaves a lot to be desired. I think this pattern is good to learn but as a beginner I don’t want top stitching to show. An alternate method that worked for me is to turn the pocket wrong side out again and then stitch the pocket almost closed, but leave enough of an open gap so that you can turn the pocket right side out. (Use a seam allowance that is narrow so your pocket is not too small.) After you have turned it right side out, you will still need to tuck and top stitch the unsewn part, but you will only need to top stitch a small portion of the pocket. I hope that makes sense, if not let me know!

      By the way, when you are putting together the main body pieces of the apron, the pattern tells you to leave a gap at the top to turn the apron right side out, and then put top stitching on the top of the apron to close it, where it will be on display for all the world to see! I had to hide my ugly top stitching by leaving a gap on the side instead, where I don’t have to see the top stitching. Of course, you are probably better at top stitching than me! Just make sure you don’t sew down the straps.

      I discovered that there is a problem with the sewing machine being able to move the pocket along normally when you try to sew the pocket closed because it is relatively thick fabric, but the feed dogs don’t have any material to catch on when you start sewing. Take a look at this video for info on how to fix that problem: how to start a seam on thick layers of fabric.

      Also, your polka dots look great!

      Katie

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