The first is made from a favourite vintage Butterick pattern (6167). I added pockets and chopped a fair whack off the length to make it above the knee. I find this is more flattering when worn with flat shoes, and my shoes are usually fairly flat or small heeled.
(Sorry about the chopped off head and feet, I was just happy to actually be getting around to taking photos)
The fabric is from a great charity shop fabric haul of a couple of months ago, as blogged here. It is incredibly curtain-y fabric. It reminds me very much of curtains we had in the first house that I lived in. The brown and orange colourway is very 70s to me and I would guess the fabric dates to the late 70s/early 80s. In any case, I was glad to use some stash fabric and I'm happy with the result. The fabric cost £2.49 and the pattern was part of an eBay lot (I think) so cost was minimal.
I used scraps for the pocket linings and bright turquoise bias tape (bought in NYC!) on the hem. Luckily the denim is forgiving as I sewed the hem twice (on the machine) but it doesn't really show on the skirt. I used an anchor button on the back;
It was a relief when I realised that by cutting the front and back pattern pieces running in different directions, the nap of the fabric made the front and back look different colours. Now I had an excuse to ditch the doomed project and move on to something else. So the small pieces went into fabric recycling and the large pieces went into scrap. Black cord is also a terrible fabric choice for me, as it attracts cat hair like a magnet and shows it off beautifully. What was I thinking?
You haven't seen the last of the pattern on this blog, however. In spite of the disaster, I think I will use it to make a denim skirt, using either view 2 or 3, which are much more traditional shapes than the skirt I attempted.
Ah well, two out of three ain't bad. Have you gleefully abandoned any failed projects recently?