Hello there, folks! I’m back again with another skirt! This time, the Blue Ginger Doll Betsy!
I was fortunate to be one of the pattern testers for this new pencil skirt pattern as part of the Curvy Sewing Collective. This was my first time using a Blue Ginger Doll pattern and I am HOOKED! I just LOVE Abby’s patterns and I cannot wait to sew more!
The Betsy is my favorite pencil skirt pattern and as it has three variations, there are so many possibilities!This version is view B, a wrap skirt that buttons on the side. The fabric I used is a blue floral cotton pique from Fabric Mart. I actually got this fabric in a random fabric bundle last year, but I had seen it in a previous FM Julie’s Picks Club swatch.
This fabric is a dream to work with and perfect for a skirt. I had limited yardage of it as it came as a remnant and it’s been sitting on my cutting table since last year awaiting to be made into something. Along came the Betsy and a match was made!
I was planning to wear the BGD Mae blouse with this skirt and had it nearly put together, but I decided the color/fabric didn’t look just right with the print of the skirt and made this quick shirt out of a pale blue organic cotton jersey that I had in my stash. Isn’t it weird sometimes how you can choose a color for a separate that is in the print of another separate and yet they don’t really “match”? In this case, I think it’s because the fuchsia of my Mae blouse is only in small amounts in the skirt’s print. I will finish up that blouse and wear with something else.The pattern I used for my top is Butterick 5863, a Connie Crawford design. This is actually the first knit top that I’ve made. I really see why a lot of you enjoy sewing with knits so much! It sure is fast and easy! I actually got this pattern in the Plus Size Pattern Pyramid.
The Betsy comes in plus sizes, btw! I made my Betsy in a size 24 and was so happy that I did not have to grade up. It fits just fine and is comfortable to wear. It’s definitely a staple pattern and the only pencil skirt pattern that I will be using from now on!
Also, sorry if I look “less than thrilled” in these photos….. I’ve been sick all week and took these yesterday. I feel like sh*t and don’t have much to smile about. I wasn’t trying to be pouty….. I have had this Betsy finished for a while now, but with my last-minute shirt change and being ill, I just barely made it in in time. Also, no close-up photos as one of my eyes is red….. yes, I’m just a walking disease factory at the moment.
I have actually made the other versions of the Betsy as well and will be back in June to show you another one, plus the fabulous new Ava jacket! Be sure to check out all of the lovely ladies on the Betsy and Ava blog tour! Thank you so much Abby for allowing me to be a part of this and for your gorgeous patterns! I sure love Blue Ginger Doll!!!!
29th May – Tanya at MrsHughes – ( Betsy)
1st June – Liz at Sewn by Elizabeth - ( Betsy & Ava as well as a little interview with me.)
2nd June – T at uandmii ( Betsy)
3rd June – Mary at YoungBroke&Fabulous
4th June – Mary at Idle Fancy
5th June – Andrea at foursquarewalls
6th June– Tanya at MrsHughes – (Ava)
7th June – Melissa at Scavenger hunt
8th June – T at uandmii ( Ava)
- Skirt: Blue Ginger Doll “Betsy” in cotton pique, made by me
- Shirt: Butterick 5863 in organic cotton jersey, made by me
- Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
- Jewelry: Bauble Bar