Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt AGAIN!

Good morning sewing friends and all you needle and thREAD-ers!  Visiting from Elizabeth's?  Welcome!

Have you ever come across a pattern that you absolutely LOVE and just have to make it up again? Most of the time when I sew up a pattern for myself, that's it and I'm onto the next thing. Either it didn't have a great fit, or I was unhappy with the fabric choice or it was a pain to sew.  Not so with Amy Butler's Barcelona Skirt.  Its quite simply amazing. This is my second Barcelona skirt (you can see the first one at the end of this post).

I love love love the frayed edges in this skirt. Panels are basically overlapped and topstitched, leaving an exposed edge. Each washing makes the skirt softer and a little more frayed. This skirt is a generous A-line, my very favorite kind. The pattern also offers a simple A-line (no overlapped frayed-edge panels!), and an apron overlay. But the frayed edge skirt is the one to make. So unique I think.

The skirt is an intermediate sew. Its lined with muslin but don't worry, that actually makes sewing the garment easier. The lining is attached at the waist, right sides together, and then just turned over and topstitched. No actual waistband to attach!

I wear this A LOT. Just so darn comfy. However, with the snow hitting us this week, I'll have to retire it for the winter. It got its last fling of the season in Salt Lake City at Sewing Summit, which I can't wait to tell you about! Such an amazing and inspirational experience.  And by the way, this skirt won me a nice little pack of charm squares on the shop hop bus, for wearing something handmade.  I also won a prize for having the most children, tee hee! Summit post coming soon, promise.

Reading. Does reading a particular blog count? I have fallen in love with Sunni's blog, A Fashionable Stitch. I enjoy sewing blogs, but Sunni's takes things up a notch. She inspires you to slow down and enjoy the sewing process, focuses on beautiful technique (check out her Sewing School), and showcases some very yummy notions (like rayon seam binding and Petersham ribbon).  I met Sunni at Sewing Summit - she taught a class in sewing up a knit T-shirt, and although I didn't get into her class I was very inspired and bought the Renfrew Top pattern she was teaching from. In fact, it just arrived today so can you guess what I'll be doing this weekend? You're right ... AND possibly making another child's maxi-skirt.  We'll see.

Do you have any patterns you've loved enough to make more than once?


  1. Hi Michelle - I really love your blog. I've been trying to find this pattern to buy on the Amy Butler website but can't get it. Any idea where I can find it? I'd love to be able to make this skirt. Thanks so much

    1. Hi Lucy! Thank you for the compliment! The Barcelona is a lovely lovely pattern! I just checked and they seem to have several options to purchase the pattern. So does Many quilt shops that carry her fabric should also have her patterns - I got mine at Material Girls quilt shop when I was in Salt Lake City last year. Hope that helps, and thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Thank you! I didn't think of looking in those places. I'm definitely going to pick this up when the budget permits. What fabric did you use to make it with?

  3. It's a light-weight cotton from JoAnn purchased last year in Phoenix. The muslin lining is also very soft, light-weight and inexpensive. Good luck!


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