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dotty | Posted in General Discussion on

I just bought a pattern that I didn’t read the fine print on- Butterick 4234. #1 annoyance is that it requires 60″ fabric,of which there is none in my stash, and not much out there to choose from either.#2 annoyance is that its supposed to be lined. Doesn’t that make it hot? I really want to stay cool.


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    What style is this skirt? I purchased two really nice embroidered linens this week and noticed, before purchase, they are both 53 inches wide. Hmmm...

    It could be my imagination, but it seems heavier fabrics tend to be 60' wide. Or is that just my crazy thinking? What type of fabric were you hoping to use?

    There is one solution to your problem. You will just have to make a bigger stash! Start shopping for those 60s! LOL!

  2. Josefly | | #2

    That's a cute pattern, and I can see why it needs 60" wide fabric with those wide-flared pieces. I wonder how the drape of the skirt would be changed if you cut it on the cross-grain, instead of using 60" wide fabric? Probably depends on the fabric. I think you could probably do without the lining, though, depending on how stable your fabric is - but it looks like the skirt is close-fitting at the top, which might mean stress on the seams, which could be alleviated with lining.

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    Becky-book | | #3

    Hot or cool will depend more on the fiber content of the skirt and the lining than just the FACT of a lining. You could escape the need for a slip!


  4. dionna | | #4

    I love the skirt your best bet is to go on line and to find something you like or go shopping for some 60" fabric happy shopping good luck                               

  5. Teaf5 | | #5

    What a lovely skirt!
    I think you can use 45" fabric; here's why mathematically: Style B has you get 1 1/4 yd of one color and 1 1/8th of the contrast for the middle panel. 1.25 yard is 45 " long, so you could buy 60" (1 3/4 of 45" to get the same size piece on the cross grain.) Plus, the width at the lower edge is at most 88", which is achievable with two panels of 45" wide fabric.

    Math seems to make sewing harder for me, so I would cut out all the pattern pieces, lay them out on a length of 45" fabric from my stash (or on a sheet or cutting board) and play around with placement to see how much fabric to buy.

    The pattern calls for a gauzy or sheer fabric, which is probably why it is lined (with lightweight fabric). The shaped waistband could be faced (using the top 3" of the lining pattern) if the outer fabric isn't too see-through. I would avoid heavy or stiff fabrics, though, as they wouldn't get the lovely swing and flow from all that bias action going on in this pattern. Let us know what works, as that is one very enticing pattern that we might want to try!

    1. dotty | | #6

      I never even took the pattern out of the envelope! Now I'll try your suggestion and see. I also thought about pieceing it, but I thought that might stiffen it too much. The pattern fabric suggestions include lightweight broadcloth. I'm never sure exactly what that is. Would cottons from the quilting dept. be that?

      1. meg | | #7

        Yes, you'll be able to find a wide variety of cottons in the quilting department. Happy hunting!

      2. Teaf5 | | #8

        Yes, quilting cottons are usually lightweight broadcloths, but they often have a lot of sizing in them. Be sure to prewash them with your usual detergent and water temp before using it; they often change characteristics quite a bit!

    2. dotty | | #12

      I checked my size . At its widest point it's 47"! How ridiculous is that? At least I now know 50" is an option.

      1. Cathie | | #13

        Sounds very lovely. And taking the pattern out of the envelope, cutting it out (even leaving some margins, for possible mini-changes) is a super idea. More fabric than we really need is often recommended. I was wearing a dress to church to-day, and it is broadcloth. I have made some dresses of quilting fabric, which, it seems to me, stays much firmer, even after washing, so will not be so drapey. I have often found (near Montreal) rayon challis (drapey), that is 60 inches wide, but, in out of the way spots, and charity shops, so older, but lovely stock. Re: lining, with my hot flashes I try to minimize layers. Some of these gauzey skirts (better RTW) have short, slightly A slips, attached at waist (inside), i.e. in skin tone (try someting that breathes, and is soft). Happy sewing. Sounds very pretty.

  6. fabricmaven | | #9

    Something you might consider when making summer attire is cotton sheeting. I've made skirts, pants and blouses out of Ralph Lauren brocade sheeting. (the pattern is woven in rather than printed on). Another thing to consider would be tablecloths. Depending on the fabric who says you can't make a skirt out of one.

  7. fabricmaven | | #10

    I have made some really nice skirts pants and tops for the summer out of cotton sheeting. I have used the Ralph Lauren brocade (pattern woven in rather than printed on). Also you might consider tablecloths, who says you can't use one if you like the fabric.

  8. happymom | | #11

        Hello and my name is Mrs.Donna towns and let's get it together and yes I do know

    You can go to silk lining that costed me in March2007 at 10.00 a yard ,but I had a 40%off coupon with purchase and it's helped me a lot.No it will not be too hot if so , it still with stop the sheerist from looking the garment you're wearing and it will protect the garment from raw edging also.

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