Butterick 6182 and New Look 6374: DIY Tan Coloured Corduroy A-Line Skirt and Floral Viscose Tunic Top


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Butterick 6182 tan coloured A-line corduroy skirt and New Look 6374 floral viscose tunic top

Hey All,

As I mentioned in my last post, I have really been trying to add to the “tops” section of my wardrobe: ideally, a mixture of tops which are suitable for both work, smart and casual wear. One of the tops which I have made in the past and have enjoyed wearing is my New Look 6374. I have worn this top such a lot thrown over skinny jeans and layered with a long line cardigan. But, the fit through the armscyes was never right. It felt too constrictive. So that was the main fit issue I had to address. (BTW, apologies for the quality of the photographs in this post: the day these were taken (rather hurriedly before work), was the day we had a bad storm and it was particularly windy and dark).

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Butterick 6182 tan coloured A-line corduroy skirt and New Look 6374 floral viscose tunic top

The fabric that I used is this gorgeous Helena Viscose that I purchased from the cutest sewing shop ever: Holm Sown in Castle Douglas, when I visited there in the summer. It washed and sewed perfectly, and I love the colours. They seem completely autumn appropriate, although I think I could pair this top with e.g. pink jeans and it would also be fine for warmer weather too. This is a tunic top and is actually quite long (see my original version of this), but I wanted to show it’s versatility and am wearing it tucked into my skirt for these photographs.

Speaking of the skirt, this is my second version of Butterick 6182. See my first denim version here. That version was donated a while back. Looking at the photographs, I can see why: I obviously needed a full bum adjustment, which I did on this version. So much better – although not perfect – see my fitting notes below. Comparison:

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Sewoverit Pussy Bow Blouse and Butterick 6182 A-Line Dark Denim Skirt
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Butterick 6182 tan coloured A-line corduroy skirt and New Look 6374 floral viscose tunic top

The delicious tan coloured corduroy is an 8-whale corduroy purchased from this ebay seller. Again, washed, pressed and sewed well. I would actually love a pair of corduroy culottes in this fabric! I love this version of the skirt so much more than the first version. I am really digging the 70s vibe.

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Butterick 6182 tan coloured A-line corduroy skirt and New Look 6374 floral viscose tunic top

New Look 6374 fitting notes:

  • Essentially, I made the armscye and sleeve cap on this pattern match those from Simplicity 8014 (see here for my shirt versions). I find the fit on that pattern really comfortable.
  • I moved the shoulder seam forward by 5/8ths inch.
  • I took a 0.5 inch tuck out of the front armscye.
  • The Simplicity 8014 armhole had more depth both front and back, so I overlapped New Look 6374 and made both match. I did the same for the sleeve cap.
  • I did a 1 inch FBA, closed the side dart and converted the dart to shoulder gathers.
  • The back sleeve on this version ended up being longer than the front and I had to ease the back in to fit, which is why the sleeves look a little strange, but I have adjusted the pattern for next time.

 

Butterick 6182 fitting notes: 

  • Did a 1 inch full bum adjustment.
  • Added 0.5 inch to the hem but ended up taking a 2.5 inch deep hem.
  • My one regret with this skirt is that I wish I had curved the waistband. Coupled with the fact that corduroy will grow with wear, after I had finished this skirt I really regretted the fact that I hadn’t done that. My solution was to add belt loops, and that is what has saved this skirt! The narrow belt just keeps the skirt secure and stops it from twisting and sliding around.
  • I  have altered the waistband for next time.
  • The pattern advocates using an invisible zip. Whilst they are my favourite type of zip I know that they are not good for bulky fabrics. So I did a lapped zip and extended the left hand side waistband and sewed a trouser hook and eye under it to close the waistband.

Overall, I love both these pieces and the fact they are so versatile. The tunic top can (and has already) been worn with skinny jeans and the skirt will go with polo necks and shirts. Wearing these colours makes me feel happy and I feel on trend, warm and comfortable.

Until soon!

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Butterick 6182 tan coloured A-line corduroy skirt and New Look 6374 floral viscose tunic top
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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

12 thoughts on “Butterick 6182 and New Look 6374: DIY Tan Coloured Corduroy A-Line Skirt and Floral Viscose Tunic Top

  1. You look great! Love the colours on you, and the fit of the skirt is fab!!! Thanks so much for posting, I really enjoy your blog. Ronda (Edmoton, Canada)

  2. The skirt shows up as a deep rust color, which I love. Love the colors in the top, too, and agree it could be an all season garment. You look great! I indeed had a skirt with the same style, only longer, about 1978.

  3. I am really digging baby corduroy and need to get my hands on some. I love the skirt and the color is so rich! The top is very nice and that colorway will transition well into other seasons!!

  4. really cute outfit, very autumnal 🙂 I love that NL pattern have made it a few times. A great top that has details that make it so much more interesting than the usual plain woven top.

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