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House Frau Skirt

Added Sep 17, 2011

by nessys

Adelaide, Australia






This is Kwik Sew 3728 View B.

Having been a stay-a-home-wife now for some time, and because my health has highs and lows, I was starting to feel standards, um, slipping…. after being over looking like a slob in my “tracky dacks”, some comments from my husband “why don’t you wear a pretty dress?” and Gertie’s post :- http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2011/05/working-at-home-fashion-dilemma.html
I decided it was time to take action and make something nice, yet comfy, yet practical for being at home. This skirt was the answer. It is stretchy denim, has nice deep pockets and is very comfortable.

I made size medium. I this is the second Kwik Sew pattern I have used (the other one was for a bridesmaid dress for someone else). I must say I think their patterns are FAB. They give proper measurements for the finished garment at all main points – bust, waist , hips so you don’t get any nasty problems with “ease” which makes choosing a size and fitting really easy. The only problem is that (and this may be just my personal taste) a lot of their patterns are just so….. frumpy. But I did like this pattern very much. I wanted pockets (cause they’re handy) and a button up front.

I added two inches. I didn’t do the belt loops because my machine HATED the topstitching thread and I had already used 2 spools of it to do the topstitching I did do and didn’t want to buy any more (I did extra than the pattern suggested and a lot of it got eaten up by my machine) and I don’t think I would really wear a belt with it anyway.

I used the denim buttons you attach with a hammer. I did find that there was gaping between the buttons but this could have been because of my poor placement, the fabric I used or even my plump tum – so I ended up sewing some velcro between the lap over for the two top buttons and now it is fine. I’ve given it a “Intermediate” because the pockets are fiddly and it’s little nerve racking cutting into the skirt!

A HUGE shout-out to David of BurdaStyle for fixing my photos and putting an end to me looking like an Oompa Loompa!!!****

Material Notes

Stretch Denim




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic


David @ BurdaStyle

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    Oct 27, 2011, 12.35 PMby arock

    I need a skirt like that! Just like you I feel the need for clothes that looks nice and still feels comfy. I think stretch denim is perfect in that sence.

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      Oct 28, 2011, 05.37 AMby nessys

      Thanks Sweets! I say go ahead and make yourself one – I’m loving mine (and husband likes it too!) x

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    Sep 24, 2011, 02.16 AMby Passiona Cottee

    A comfy classic! The detailing on the pockets looks great.

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      Sep 28, 2011, 05.26 AMby nessys

      Hiya Sweets! Thank you! x

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    Sep 20, 2011, 02.20 AMby Ivana Krejci

    very cute!

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      Sep 20, 2011, 07.52 AMby nessys

      Thanks Darl!

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    Sep 19, 2011, 07.41 AMby nahoko

    it looks pretty and yet practical, great job! I love the pockets :)

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      Sep 20, 2011, 07.52 AMby nessys

      Thanks Sweetie – that’s exactly what I had hoped for xxx

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    Sep 17, 2011, 05.50 PMby katexxxxxx

    I know what you mean about the Kwick Sew patterns: they are good, but… Yeah, ‘frumpy’ covers it for some of them! I tend to use them as a base for something and do mad colour blocking or use crazy fabric. Their kids stuff is OK.

    I like the skirt. Stretch denim is fab fabric for this sort of thing as it doesn’t sag and bag. Yours has come out really nicely.

    I know what you mean about standards slipping too… I work from home and have to look tidy for the customers, but also be in stuff I can climb the ladder in, crawl on the floor to fix hems in,, and generally be comfy in for both my health problems and work!

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      Sep 18, 2011, 01.44 AMby nessys

      Thanks Darl! It’s a real shame re the Kwik Sew patterns – too because they are really well drafted and have neat features. With my home clothes the best I can ask for is that if someone knocks at the door I’m not embarrased to answer it! Hope you & your family are well xx

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