Sunday, March 4, 2012

Finished: "Anchors Away, Matey!" Skirt ( Vogue 8603)

Well hello dear readers! It's been a long time since I have written a post here. But, don't despair, as I have a finished object to show you today.

I finished a fantastic little navy blue skirt that is perfect for a day out on my yacht. You know, if I owned a yacht. I must admit, I love anything with a nautical flair, and when I spotted this pattern at Joann's I knew it would be perfect for a button decorated skirt.

This skirt did not come together without and hiccups though. I had finally stitched the lining in when I decided to try it on. Much to my dismay when I attempted to zip it, the zipper separated and broke! Out came the lining, out came the zipper, and then back in went a new zipper and back in went the lining. It was definitely worth it in the end though.

Here are some more details:
Pattern: Vogue 8603 ( A still in print modern pattern)
Size: I cut the 16, but took in the center back seam just a bit for a little more snug fit
Outer Fabric: Some sort of suiting from the Goodwill, $1
Lining Fabric: Leftover taffeta lining from my Romance, Rekindled jacket, ~$.50
Buttons and Zipper: From estate sales, cost negligable
What I love: This skirt fits so so well! I love the buttons and the fact that this pattern takes so little fabric.
Dislikes: The way they have you construct this skirt, the facing ends up on top of the lining, only tacked at the seams. I fell like a lined skirt should not have a facing flapping around on the inside. I would like to make this skirt again, but I will be seeking out a different way to deal with the facing/lining. I also wold like it to be just a tad bit longer. It rids up a lot when I sit down since it is so fitted.


  1. Awesome! I love the sailor look, this is super cute and is going to be a garment you wear all spring and summer. The fit looks really good too. Great job!

  2. Cute! I too love all things nautical! :)

  3. Ooo, very cute! I really like it styled with that top and the red heels. :)

  4. Very nice! Love it with your red shoes.

  5. Very cute! Looks great on you.

  6. I love the skirt - and great idea with the addition of the buttons - great job!!!

  7. That is a cute skirt that you'll be able to wear a lot. Plus your hair is looking awesomely long!

  8. Great skirt and I love the outfit you put together for it (red!!). I'm a bit fan of the nautical look, too. It makes me excited for summer.

  9. Gosh, that's a great skirt! It's very "Joan" in a way...Sailor Joan!

  10. I like your skirt, and your blog! It is very nice.

  11. Great skirt. The skirt looks great on you.I have that pattern but I haven't done anything with it yet.

  12. Very cute Skirt... I am following on bloglovin now. I've been meaning to make a skirt similar to that, just with brass anchor buttons, for a while now.

  13. Hey Rebecca!
    Found your blog via Pattern Review when I was looking at reviews for this skirt.

    I am looking for patterns for pencil skirt, and this one looks fantastic on you, i am SOLD!!

    1. ... I've finished my skirt! I made view D for the muslin, but with out the buttons its too plain and doesn't look anywhere near as cute as yours. I decided to make View A instead...