Completed: Butterick 4066

5 Sep

Ummmm so this may or may not be the third garment I’ve posted this week that is made of rayon challis.

Butterick 4066

No shame.

Butterick 4066

These pictures are also horrifyingly bad and blown out, but… meh. We all know y’all don’t come here for the ~dazzling photography. Again: No shame.

Butterick 4066

I picked up this copy of Butterick 4066 while I was last at the flea market in July. The cover art is a little outdated (and not in a cool vintage way, but rather, I feel like I can probably smell my Mamaw’s house if I lean in too close. Wait, just kidding, my Mamaw’s house smells great. That shit probably smells like someone else’s Mamaw’s house, maybe), but the line drawings looked promising enough – almost like the Kelly skirt and Hollyburn skirt had a secret affair that ended up with a little love child.

Butterick 4066

It’s hard to see, thanks to my terrible photos, but the skirt has pockets, a smooth A-line shape with no darts or tucks, and buttons down the front. I used this shameless 90s black floral rayon challis from Fashion Fabrics Club, as I knew the shape would look great with a drapey fabric (just like my Crazy Paisley Hollburn).

Butterick 4066

My skirt pattern was just a smidge too big (not the fault of the pattern itself – my copy is a size too big, since we don’t normally get to be choosy when it comes to buying vintage patterns!), but that was easily fixed by taking in the side seams before attaching the waistband. The big challenge was cutting off length – a LOT of length. Even after I’d shortened the shortest version of the pattern tissue by a good 6″, I had to go back after making the skirt and hack off another 4″! Shortening the length did wonders for the overall look of the finished skirt – before, it was pretty dowdy and outdated looking (mostly due to fabric choice, I mean – we are talking about the 90s here), but I think it looks pretty cute now! Shorter skirts FTW!

Butterick 4066
Butterick 4066

I finished the seams with my serger and used these pretty black and gold buttons that I had lurking in my stash.

Butterick 4066

I love how the finished skirt turned out – and I think it’ll transition really nicely for our “fall”**, since it’s so cool and lightweight, but still has those nice dark fall/winter colors. That being said, it’ll look great with tights and a sweater, too πŸ™‚ (maybe with a silk slip, though! It’s not very warm!) I’m interested to try pairing this print with black and white stripes – I can imagine it in my head, but until I start sewing up the striped knits I got while I was in Mood last month, your guess is as good as mine.

** Tennessee Fall: Beyond gorgeously colorful (visiting Tennessee in the fall should be on every single one of y’alls bucket lists), but still blazing hot and, yes, we absolutely make fun of those dumbasses who insist on wearing wool caps and jeans tucked into tall boots while marinating in giant pools of sweat. I mean, COME ON LADY, it’s 90* outside FFS! You aren’t fooling anyone!

One last thing – Giveaway Winner! Lucky number is…



Congratulations, Sue Martin! I love your method of sneaky inspiration by way of shop dressing rooms – something I’m too chicken to do myself (I got major stink-eye once while manhandling a rack of dresses in Buckle and I’m kind of traumatized now haha). As far as adding hours in the day – well, let me know when you figure it out! πŸ™‚ haha!

Thanks to everyone to entered the giveaway – and thanks to Laurence King for providing us with a copy to giveaway! Friends, if you’d like to buy your own copy of Casual Sweet Clothes, use the code LLADYBIRD35 to get 35% off! The code is good through 10/1/14 πŸ™‚


35 Responses to “Completed: Butterick 4066”

  1. Miss Celie September 5, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Are Mamaw and MeMaw an actual term for grandmother? Pardon my ignorance. I heard it once by someone from Kentucky and I wasn’t sure if they were playing it up or not.

    I would love to find some challis to make a summer dress. This skirt is great. And, seriously jealous you can do these colors with your hair. Mine would snap off like a burn test.

    • LLADYBIRD September 5, 2014 at 8:49 am #

      Haha, yep, I call my paternal grandparents Mamaw & Papaw (don’t have a Memaw or Pepaw, but I know other people who do). And, funny – that whole side of my family actually is from Kentucky πŸ™‚

  2. Deborah September 5, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Love this skirt. Had one similar in the mid eighties though. The pattern drawing brought back fond memories of late eighties/early nineties long and loose garments. Might look for this pattern and make the long version.

    • LLADYBIRD September 5, 2014 at 10:31 am #

      You should! I’d love to see the long version made up πŸ™‚

  3. Lana September 5, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    1. Yes Mamaw and Pawpaw are real! That’s what my daughter calls my parents. I had a Memaw and Pappaw. πŸ™‚ They are awesome and make pecan pies that will make you cut a sister.
    2. I think I wore that exact skirt in Jr. High but it was ankle length, because hello Christian high school dress code, and it was blue roses on a black background. Loved that thing to death. Now I want to find this pattern.

    • LLADYBIRD September 5, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      Cut a sister! haha! We always say the cookin’ will make you slap your grandma πŸ™‚ Never heard cut a sister, but I like it!

  4. zilredloh September 5, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Hey Lauren!

    This is a great new skirt. And can you believe I don’t even own/used before rayon challis. Crazy right??

    Anyhow… While I like your skirt I am Loving!! your top. Did you make that too?? Curious minds need to know. πŸ˜€

    • LLADYBIRD September 5, 2014 at 10:14 am #

      Oh man, you have to try it. It’s such a bitch to sew, but wearing it feels soooo good πŸ™‚

      I wish I could say I made my top, but it’s actually an old thrift from Banana Republic. I love the shape, though, and I’m trying to find a good pattern match so I can have more of them πŸ˜€

      • Eva September 5, 2014 at 10:42 am #

        Please tell us when you do find a good pattern match! πŸ™‚

  5. ekabby111 September 5, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    The epic autumnal mindfuck is one of my treasured memories from life in Tennessee — Like, I want to wear my tights and sweaters, but I just can’t because it’s so fricking hot.

    • LLADYBIRD September 5, 2014 at 10:30 am #

      But it’s so entertaining to go to Green Hills Mall and make fun of all the girls who insist on wearing their damn coats in what is basically still summer.

      • ekabby111 September 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

        Pea coats! Puffy coats! Plaid coats!

        I hate you all, Green Hills layyyyydeeeeeees.

  6. Haylee September 5, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Love love love! Those buttons are amazing, I’m impressed and amazed you just had them in your stash. They go really well with the fabric, they compliment each other really well.
    Excellent job Lauren, I would totally buy this.

    • LLADYBIRD September 5, 2014 at 10:31 am #

      Thank you! I was pretty pleased with myself when I discovered the buttons. Love when that happens πŸ™‚

  7. Sue martin September 5, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Holy cow! Can’t believe I won. Thank you Lauren and Lawrence King.

    I too, love both the skirt and your top. Must try modifying my TNT tee.

  8. Heather Lou September 5, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    RAYON CHALLIS FOREVER! This looks so floaty and comfy and pretty.

  9. SeeKatSew September 5, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Such a cute skirt! I thought it was a Hollyburn when I first looked.

  10. Danka September 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    This little skirt looks great! Love the bold colours! The love child of the Kelly and Hollyburn skirts sounds a lot like something I need to get my hands on asap. x

  11. Amy September 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Here in Minnesota we have the opposite to laugh at – people wearing shorts, tank tops and flip-flops when it is 38 degrees in April. Gotta start working on that tan early because the season is short!

    Very cute skirt. Every piece of rayon challis I have ever worked with has wrinkled like heck. Now I try to find something at least blended with wool. Plus, well, wool + cold climate = more wear.

    • LLADYBIRD September 6, 2014 at 11:25 am #

      Oh man, that annoys me just as much! Whyyyy can’t people just dress seasonally appropriate for the weather, why why why! Ha!

      I’m with ya – I love wool! My climate isn’t quite as wool-necessary, but I’m cold-natured to the core, so it’s always a good fiber choice for me πŸ™‚

  12. sallie September 5, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Oh yeah! I’m totally digging all the rayon challis! Especially with that sweet little 90’s floral print. And both my head, AND my heart are telling me you should pair this with b&w stripes! Stripes & Florals 4EVA!!!

  13. Mary Lindell September 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Love every bit of it. The skirt and fabric, the nice tee, your hair, and how very funny you are. Made me guffaw twice!

    • LLADYBIRD September 6, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Aw, shucks, thank you! πŸ™‚

  14. Nicole September 5, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    The fall in SoCal is really mild too, cold doesn’t get here until Christmas or later. So I totally get the fall colors but summer weight clothing. πŸ™‚ And I think stripes would be smashing with that skirt. What shirt pattern(s) are you thinking of?

    • LLADYBIRD September 6, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Probably a Renfrew! So far, that’s my favorite fitted/long sleeve shirt pattern – although I’m experimenting with a few others, so we’ll see πŸ™‚

  15. ooobop! September 6, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    Lovely lovely lovely! Never used rayon challis, not knowlingly anyhows! But it looks to have such a perfect drape. Love the floral and the pockets obvs! Lovely job!

  16. Rebecca September 6, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    However are you able to post three makes in one week? You’re so fast!

    • LLADYBIRD September 6, 2014 at 11:28 am #

      HAHA because they’re all old as shit πŸ˜› That culotte-dress in particular was made up over a month ago, I’m just now able to share it with the world πŸ™‚

  17. Geni September 6, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    Very nice Lauren, screw the 90’s it he colors are gorgeous! BTW I really like your tshirt, did you make it? If so, what is the pattern?

    • LLADYBIRD September 6, 2014 at 11:28 am #

      Nope, it’s RTW that I thrifted (originally from Banana Republic). I’d love to find a pattern that mimics it, though, as it’s one of my favorite tops!

  18. Margo September 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    Another awesome make!! I have seen so many lovely makes with rayon challis that I may be running all over town scooping up all the rayon challis I can find!

  19. missjoiedevivre September 27, 2014 at 2:43 am #

    I love this whole ensemble! Floaty floral skirts are the best, It makes me want to dig out my drapey fabrics and knock out some skirts quick smart, especially as we’re having an unseasonably pleasant spring (traditionally a season of gale force winds and torrential rain). And I’m so glad I’m not the only one enamoured with your top, I’m looking forward to seeing your knock-offs cropping up soon!

  20. Naomi January 22, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    I love the floral on that skirt. Nice pairing! I also love your top! Did you make it?

    • LLADYBIRD January 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

      I get asked this a lot, and unfortunately, I did not make it. It’s an old RTW that I thrifted years ago πŸ™‚


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