Butterick 4067: the long and skirt of it.

   
 
the pattern:
Butterick 4067 MISSES’ SKIRT, no copyright date. 1970’s judging from hair and shoes.
I’ve had this pattern 4-evs and have always loved it but have never made it due to two important factors:

Factor 1: View D, my fave, requires a ton of yardage and I am usually working from whatever scraps.

Factor 2: That waistband.
It’s a straight-grain band-style waistband, otherwise known as The Least Forgiving Of All Waistbands Of All Time.
Seriously though.
All my best skirts have a faced waist or a contoured waistband. You gain a little weight, they ride higher. You lose a little weight, they settle lower.
Not a band-style waistband though. (Band? Stand? Like a stand collar? What do we call these things? Thank goodness for pictures so we don’t have to use words.)
Band waistband (that word-pairing looks ridiculous) forgives nothing.
You gain weight = fat rolls. You lose weight = waistband stands away from your body, making you look bigger than you are. What a jerk. Yeah I’m talking to you, Waistband. Whatever your name is.

the fabric:
While I was making this dress I kept thinking, “Wow, this fabric has such a nice drapey hand! I should make something long, to utilize the drapey quality! But what? Not pants, the fabric’s too thin. What’s long like pants but isn’t pants???” And then way-too-long later I thought, “Aha! Long skirt. I am a genius.”

   
 

I love this skirt.
I love walking in it. A long skirt demands that you walk strong. With purpose. There’s a lot of yardage by the time you get down to that hem, you need a smooth, powerful stride to move it.
In a long skirt, I make gestures I’m way too modern for: Swoop it up over the arm to step into the car. Smooth it to sit. Gather it in one hand to ascend stairs. Time Warp!
Plus, that Powerful Stride originates from the hips. So I’m walking, with purpose, which gets the hips swaying, feeling a whole new respect for the general hotness level of 1900’s fashions. Demure at a stand still but hotness in motion is what.
This skirt is 70’s in it’s center front seam and pockets, but I feel like it harkens back to some older times.

  

Oh, and speaking of stuff that’s olden, really check out the illustrations on this pattern, especially View D. Check out the body language and that look of appraisal she’s laying on us.
What is she doing?
What will she do next?
Grin? Walk over? Sneer? Turn away?
She’s a specific individual caught in a moment, and in that way this drawing has more in common with a costume sketch than a fashion illustration — the drawing is giving us an insight into a specific inner world and a back story and a whole personality and I want to know the rest of the story.
These old patterns are charming because the drawings are charming. The illustrations express so much character, more than a fashion photo or fashion drawing does. Patterns nowadays could really stand to improve their charm levels. Bring back the illustration! Plus it’s often easier to see the design lines in a drawing than in a photo.
Aaaaaaaanyway…here’s a ghost!

 

spooooooooooooooooooooooooky
 
Sew It or Throw It:
Sew it.
Next time though, no pockets. I really like the pockets, but they create a pressure point on the hip, and the weight of the skirt pulls that point, and creates unflatterning indentations in the muffin-top region of the body that I’d super-love to avoid next time.
A firmer fabric could help with that, but at the expense of losing the fluidity at the hem. Probably best to just skip the pockets.
That waistband…I’m still not a fan.

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7 thoughts on “Butterick 4067: the long and skirt of it.

  1. Another wonderful post. So funny. But also so insightful. I hate making waist bands – even though I am reasonably good at sewing I always mess them up a little bit, and often seem to make them a little bit too big as I hate them to be too tight. I also love this skirt and how it works, especially in relation to your derriere, ahem. Also your descriptions of how a nice long skirt makes you feel as you stride around and hitch it up – it expresses exactly how I feel in such a garment. I love the pockets though.

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    1. Ooh! Thanks for the derrière compliment!
      And yeah, that’s the trick with these waistbands. Instinct says err on the side of too big, but then they don’t work!
      I want to do the pockets again, they are in the right place and the right depth. But I’m afraid! But maybe the perfect fabric will come along.

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  2. Aaah this is great! Yes the long skirted swooshy walk is so Edwardian – love that observation! Funny my favourite skirt waistband is exactly what you hate…. But I love a curved waistband for trousers. What I think View D is saying is something along the lines of ‘hey! HEY! Check out my subtle a-line-with-gathers goodness! Forget making a square gathered rectangle dirndl that gives you hips like a Friesan heifer, make my skirt and you will turn heads with my midi goodness’. I know this as I have an 80’s version that is freaking unreal. Cost me 99c. 2 more in the planning pipeline.

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    1. Gasp! You’re so right about the A-line with gathers! I’ve never even considered making that one before because I So Fear the Friesan heifer effect. Wow! You’ve just given this pattern a whole new life.

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  3. I need this skirt in my life! Gorgerousness!! You have inspired me to go into my hot, hot attic and peruse the drawers full of vintage patterns in hopes that my grandmother was stylish enough to have purchased this so long ago. Lovely, simply lovely.

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    1. You have an attic with drawers full of vintage patterns?! Get in there!
      But go first thing in the morning when it’s coolest, I don’t want you to pass out from heat/excitement.
      Seriously though get in there. Treasures!!!

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