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"Helena Skirt" - Inspired by "Gemma Button Down Skirt"

Added Jan 22, 2011

by froggypondd

Hamilton, New Ze...






I was on Polyvore and saw the “Gemma Button Down Skirt” and loved the cute buttons and pleats and when I saw Burda’s “Helena Skirt” I jumped at the chance to make myself a skirt that would have otherwise cost around NZ$245. I got the material for $1 from the op shop and used 7 buttons from my collection of obscure bits and bobs. I had a bit of a fight with the button holes – but they should get better after a bit of wear.

I thought that this pattern would suit my material more than my No Pattern Skirt since it’s cotton and would need ironing to keep it crinkle free. I really love the colours in it as I have tonnes of blue singlets, tops and tights to wear with it, but also some pink ones too. It’ll certainly fit into my wardrobe very nicely. The fit is immaculate which is such a fluke, but it turns out I’m a exact UK size 10.

Material Notes

100% cotton scrap from the op shop and six white buttons. I used contrasting pink-magenta thread while top stitching and cream thread on the inside seams.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Polyester



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    Jan 22, 2011, 07.11 PMby BeYou TiFul

    Very nice! The floral fabric is romantic and it makes me wish summer was here already :-)!

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      Jan 22, 2011, 08.48 PMby froggypondd

      It’s supposed to be summer in New Zealand… Although there is a heavy rain warning for all of the North Island… But I’m going to wear my skirt anyway!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 09.41 AMby fabricaddict

    such a cute skirt – I’m sure you’ll get lots of wear out of this one!

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      Jan 22, 2011, 08.49 PMby froggypondd

      Thanks! Yeah I definitely will, it just seems to go with everything!

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