Suedette Skirt: Butterick 4461

29 Jul

My Saturday afternoon was spent indulging in a little Spotlight binge shopping. I live about a 25 minute drive from either of the two closest Spotlight stores, one north and one south. Without thinking I headed north, which ended up being mayhem. The fabric space is woefully small for the number of people that go there and I’m guessing Saturday afternoon is their busiest time. Poor planning on my part.

As is common for me I found myself drunk on the sales fabric stand and wound up dragging some 9 bolts of fabric up to the queue that was 10 people deep. It was quite comic as I was literally trying to carry them all at once with a basket of notions slung over one arm. And of course, being Spotlight, several of the tubes at the center of the bolts had broken in half so they were springing in all directions as I tripped over the fabric dragging on the ground.

Amongst this stash was this fabric not-so-charmingly called “Suedette”.

I don’t think it’s possible to find a more synthetic fabric. It has a super soft knit backing and a sort of cracked suede look on the front. When I came across it, more first thought was, my god, who on earth buys these hideously fabrics. Then because I’m insane I started looking at it as a challenge.

Could I possibly make something wearable out of this tacky knit? It was only $5 for the metre I bought, and I’m not one to back down from a challenge.

I kept it simple with Butterick 4461, which is the most basic of A-line skirt patterns. I sewed a size 22 and swapped the lapped zipper for an invisible one. Unfortunately, spotlight was all out of black ones… and navy… so I ended up using a hunter green one which fortunately blends well enough with the faded look of the Suedette.

The  skirt is so basic you could make it in your sleep and I must have made 100 of these in highschool. I was pleasantly surprised with the overall look of the suede it the simple silhouette, but what kept me from wearing it work this morning? The damn fabric somehow shows every teeny tiny bump underneath it!

With the light bouncing off all the lumps and bumps (believe me it is worse than this photo shows) I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Time to buy some spanx, I’m thinking.

TOTAL COST:

Pattern: US$2.99

Fabric: $4.0 (0.8m @ $5/m – Spotlight)

Zip: $3.0

TOTAL COST: NZ$11.11 / US$8.10

2 Responses to “Suedette Skirt: Butterick 4461”

  1. Carolyn July 30, 2010 at 21:59 #

    Your skirt looks great! Would lining help with the “lumps n bumps” problem (although it’s not as much of a problem as you think, really) Sometimes you can add a lining and miraculously, no more visible pantyline or giveaway bulge of tucked-in-shirt or pantyhose.

  2. Angela July 31, 2010 at 07:20 #

    Cute skirt! I agree with Carolyn… I think a lining would help. It looks great though!

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