Enter, Bond Girl (Butterick B6258)

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha plus size sewing body positive image fashion style Butterick B6258 skirt James Bond girl polka dots silver pretty sheer stripe skirt trend

You know how you finish something, and kinda fall in love with it? That’s how I feel about this skirt. :)  Originating from fairly humble origins, it turned into something better than I could have imagined! I wore it to my friend’s semi-dressy James Bond-themed birthday party at a posh Boston hotel bar (like, $400+ a night posh), and I think I fit right in with the hotel itself. Surprisingly, the guests do not dress fancy at nice hotels! I’m used to staying in hostels and Airbnb and thought their dressed-down atmospheres were due to the low cost of the lodging — guess not.

Line Art

Anyway, the skirt. I love it. Like, really. I started with the knit pencil skirt pattern piece from Butterick B6258. It’s easily my favorite skirt pattern because it takes only one pattern piece! I cannot rave about this enough. And because it’s so simple, it’s equally simple to modify. For this skirt, I did the following (in order):

-lengthen the skirt 3″ at the bottom

-slash and spread the skirt until the fullness looked ‘right’

-trace the upper side seam and adjacent waistline, then freehand the rest of the pocket pattern piece

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha plus size sewing body positive image fashion style Butterick B6258 skirt James Bond girl polka dots silver pretty sheer stripe skirt trend

I didn’t have quite enough fabric to make this skirt! It’s a mid-weight cotton knit with good drape, and tiny metallic polka dots, that is vintage stash (no way to get more). I ended up cutting hip yokes from the scraps and quilting them onto the main skirt. Let me just say…quilting takes FOREVER. Doing it for this small area, I was mind boggled that people voluntarily do this on things as large as quilts!!!

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha plus size sewing body positive image fashion style Butterick B6258 skirt James Bond girl polka dots silver pretty sheer stripe skirt trend

After quilting on the yokes, attaching the pockets and seaming the sides was a breeze…a breeze that left me with decisions. How was I going to finish the waist? I didn’t have enough fabric for my original plan, elastic in a waist casing. And how was I going to finish the hem? Hemming a full skirt is a pain in the butt. Scarred by the quilting, I did not want to tango with a fussy hem.

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha plus size sewing body positive image fashion style Butterick B6258 skirt James Bond girl polka dots silver pretty sheer stripe skirt trend

Stash to the rescue! I had some 3″ silver-on-black elastic that matched my skirt perfectly. I actually don’t like elastic waistbands because they’re not comfortable on my skin, but I was lazy desperate. I wanted to finish the skirt right away!! So, elated by some gorgeous fall weather, I went to the scariest place my wallet knows: the fabric store. *insert ominous music* My shopping list consisted of 10 yards of 1″ elastic in two colors, a red zipper, and fabric for an emergency dress if my skirt didn’t work out.

I spent $81.

Sigh.

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha plus size sewing body positive image fashion style Butterick B6258 skirt James Bond girl polka dots silver pretty sheer stripe skirt trend

On the plus side, in that purchase was 5 yards of the perfect trim, of which I only needed 3.25 yards! The trim definitely makes this skirt. I never jumped on the ‘sheer stripe’ skirt trend because…well, because I didn’t like it. Some skirts look fine, but many just look weird. So this trim is me trying out that trend in my traditionally skeptical and cautious way, hah. And I think it works! It’s on-trend enough but timeless enough that this skirt has both a present and a future. More than anything, though, I feel like this skirt is really pretty, and I love having something so appealing in my wardrobe.

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9 Comments

  1. Love it! I especially love that something that started out as a simple idea from a simple pattern turned out so glamourous and gorgeous. Wear it often. Christmas is coming!

  2. Ebi, you look fabulous in this outfit!! :) I’m glad you got to wear it to such a fancy place. I agree that the sheer trim on the bottom is such a nice touch and really makes the skirt more formal and fantastic. I hope you find more opportunities to wear it!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Aida! I’m actually quite happy you thought this was a dress, it means the top and skirt coordinated well. :) I actually wasn’t 100% sure of it that day, but it was the best (clean) match in my closet I could find.

  3. Mini rant: No one dresses up anymore it seems, and it makes me crazy!!!

    THIS IS THE BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!! I love this look so much. So. So. much! You look fantastic! <3

    1. Hah, thank you very much! I’d love to dress up more — I feel like I’m always in some type of casual clothing. The idea of dressing up more has been percolating in the back of my mind for a bit now, so perhaps I’ll be mixing in more fancy clothing with my office gear.

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