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Excited to share my first steps in sewing my June Mash Up! I decided to sew the retro button up skirt from the 06/2019 issue in a bright yellow twill with contrasting tortoise buttons.

June Mash Up Skirt Pattern

In my May Mash Up Reveal I indicated that I would be making this skirt from the June issue. I really do need more skirts in my wardrobe, and the silhouette, hemline, and pockets really made the decision for this to be my next project easy!


For my fabric I wanted to use the yellow twill I had purchased several months ago to go into my yearly Mash Up capsule wardrobe/collection. I’m LOVING yellow lately, and the contrasting tortoise buttons were perfect to add a pop to the front of the skirt. Since the skirt was loose over the hip, I simply cut my usual size 38 for this project.

Cutting Out

I really didn’t do any pattern modifications to this pattern, as I loved it as is – so I simply added my seam allowance around the edges and cut out according to the cutting layout. I didn’t add hem allowance though, as this isn’t a petite pattern I knew it would be too long.


Lately I’ve been cutting out my paper darts to more easily mark them on my fabric – love this method!


For the belt I drafted it to the dimensions in the instructions and also cut it out of interfacing.

Step 2

I also fused 2" wide strips of interfacing to the wrong sides of the front skirt pieces…

Step 1

…and clipped into the pleat notches.

Step 3

On the back skirt pieces, I used frixon pen to mark my dart legs.

Step 4

And speaking of darts, that was the first thing to sew!

Step 5

Once they were stitched in place I pressed the intake to the center back.

Step 6

Next were the pockets, but before I sewed them I serge-finished all the side seam and pocket edges then pinned each pocket pouch to the side seam aligning the notches.

Step 7

I stitched each pocket to the side seam starting and stoping at the notches. The pocket pouch should extend your seam allowance width above and below the notches.

Step 8

Then I pressed each pocket pouch pieces away from the skirt…

Step 9

…and under stitched close to the seam in between the notches.

Step 10

Now that all my pocket pieces have been all stitched in place I could now sew the side seam. I perfectly matched up each notch and pinned the side seams right sides together above and below the notches and stitched.

Step 11

Then I pinned the each pocket pouch together around the curve and stitched together.

Step 12

Working from the wrong side I pressed my seam allowance open and clipped into the seam allowance so the pocket would lay flat and towards the front skirt.

Step 13

Next was to pin and baste the front skirt pleats in place according to the pattern markings.

Step 14

I now took my front skirt pieces to my serger where I serge-finished the front edges.

Step 15

Then I pressed the interfaced self facing to the wrong side of the front skirt.

Step 16

Now it’s time for the belt loops! Instead of stitching right sides together and turning to the right side, I always like to press in all the edges and topstitch. Before I did that though, I serge-finished each long edges to prevent fraying. I first pressed the entire loop piece in half wrong sides together and then pressed in each outer edge to meet in the middle. Then I topstitched around the entire piece.

Step 17

This is the view from the wrong side.

Step 18

Lastly I cut the entire loop piece into four and are ready to stitch to the waistline of the skirt!

That completes part 1 of my June Mash Up, and I’m already loving this skirt so far – can’t wait to get those buttons on and wear in the sun.

Happy Sewing!

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    Jun 18, 2019, 12.56 PMby Naaisterintoronto

    love that skirt and the yellow fabric I think I will follow your lead :)

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