When I first came up with The Button Up pencil skirt, I had denim in my mind. I was starting to see lots of demin button up skirts in the stores and wanted to create my own pattern with a slightly modern twist. Both versions can be made with anything that is a medium weight stretch fabric with atleast 2% spandex or lycra. The ideal stretch is between 10-20%, anything more or less will require sizing up or down.
-Anything with bottom weight as a label is usually a good choice
Version one works well with anything between 6-11oz, Version two needs to be a little on the lighter end at 6-9 oz. Otherwise version two’s placket will get pretty thick.
When shopping for fabric, if you are able to feel the fabric, gently stretch it and observe how the recovery is. You will want a decent recovery so your skirt doesn’t get baggy as you wear it. The nature of the fabric will be to stretch out slightly, but you will want good recovery so when you wash it, it snaps back to shape.
If you can’t shop in stores a few online places to shop are:
–Fabric.com: Fabric.com has great selection, but sometimes the quality is hit or miss. With any online shopping feel free to order a swatch if you are afraid to commit to buying more!
–Girl Charlee has some selection. They used to have denim too, not sure if they will carry it again or not.
–Joann’s has some options!
–Emma One Stock has some unique denims!
Indiesews sometimes carries denim!
Threadbare Fabrics has very high quality denim!
Caring for your fabric:
You will always want to prewash your fabric before cutting. This will get rid of the chemicals and soften up the fabric. If you plan to dry your skirt, put your fabric through the dryer too. Lycra doesn’t like heat, so if you want your skirt to last as long as possible, you may want to air dry it. If you do want to dry, I would recommend tumble dry low vs high heat. Always press well before cutting, you don’t want your fabric to be wrinkly!
Sourcing other materials:
I really like buying my topstitching thread, rivets, and jean buttons from Taylor Tailor. The quality is great! I have also bought Gutterman topstitching thread and Coats and Clark topstitching thread at JoAnn’s. You will also need topstitching needles which you can find at JoAnn’s. When you are topstitching you will always want to use normal thread in the bobbin. It will not like topstitching thread! If you do not opt for topstitching thread, a denim needle will work fine!
Don’t be afraid of rivets and jean buttons! After a couple practice runs you will be able to install them babies like nobody’s business! Heather Lou and Lauren Dahl both have great videos explaining how to install them!