Hello, dear readers!
It’s “Skirt” month and I thought I’d share one of my favorite skirt patterns. This pattern is Butterick 5285, a fast and easy skirt that lives up to it’s name. There are four different skirt options from gathers to pleats and all have waistbands with the option of side seam pockets. This skirt is super fast to make and doesn’t take much fabric, which are both wins for me. Sadly, this pattern is out of print.
My first version with the TARDIS print (above) is View A. It’s a simple gathered skirt in polyester “faille” from Spoonflower which is a fabric I really don’t recommend to sew with. However, I like how it drapes and love wearing this skirt, especially with my Doctor Who tees. Of course, you can self-draft a skirt like this, but I prefer patterns to drafting things myself as it makes life much easier.
My second version was View B, featuring front and back pleats and made from a polyester chiffon. As my fashion fabric is sheer, this skirt is lined with a poly lining. I love the floaty appearance of chiffon, and to me, it seems like when it’s in a skirt, it’s more everyday wearable rather than relegated to a party frock.
Pattern Name: Butterick 5285 (OOP)
Size Range: 14-22
What size did you make? Graded up to about a size 26
What are your….
- Measurements: 48-41-52
- Body Shape: Pear-ish/Spoon
- Height: 5’8
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take? Other than re-sizing the pattern, I made no adjustments.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you? The two versions of this skirt that I made were super fast and easy to make. The instructions are easy to follow.
How did you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your body shape? I love how this skirt fits. I prefer my skirts to be less fitted around my belly/hips as I feel more comfortable in designs like these. The waistband is snug and doesn’t move around as elastic waist skirts tend to do on my figure, which makes both of these skirts easy to wear. I think this pattern flatters my curves and with the lightweight fabrics I chose, they don’t add bulk.
Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make? I’m definitely going to sew this pattern again! In fact, as I revisit it for this review, this pattern has me dreaming up some fabrics and colors that may work well for the pleated version with the contrast hem band. This pattern didn’t require any alterations for my figure and I’m too pleased with my previous skirts to change anything.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources or materials that helped you sew this piece up? This pattern is a great wardrobe builder and a big confidence lifter as it can be sewn quickly. I had this pattern for a while and didn’t think of sewing it until I saw Nessa’s wonderful versions: her measuring tape skirt and her waltzing Matilde skirt. I actually have that measuring tape fabric and may do a copy-cat skirt if I have enough of it. I’d love to make this in a quilting cotton. Of course, now the gears are moving in my head and I’m thinking I need several more of these skirts!
Pattern Rating (1-5):
- Size Range: 3
- Instructions: 5
- Construction Process: 5
- Final Fit: 5
- Overall Rating: 4
Overall, this skirt is becoming a tried-and-true pattern for me. I love having a pattern that comes together quickly with variations. And especially one that goes great with my collection of fangirl tees!