Sewing a Wearable Work Wardrobe: The Betsy Skirt

After heading back to work recently I figured if I can’t be sewing then the next best thing has to be wearing something I’ve made.

So I’d like you to meet Betsy.  She’s my new best work friend (sorry work friends).

betsy skirt front 3

She’s elegant, oh-so-comfortable and QUICK to make – I really do love her so…

betsy skirt front 2

This is one of those patterns I’ve had staring me down for a good few months. Every time I open up the PDF folder it’s been practically screaming – MAKE ME!!!!

So I finally did.  Thanks BlueGingerDoll!

Things I love…discovering that making your own high waisted pencil skirt means that having it fit comfortably around the waist increases my enjoyment of wearing high-waisted pencil skirts about 100 fold (compared with pre-Betsy).

betsy skirt side

Things I’m still not sold on…the fabric.  I bought this cotton sateen on sale from Spotlight as I wasn’t planning to make a proper muslin so just wanted to pick something wearable but not too floral.  I still think it might be a *bit* too animal-esque for me but I’ve received lots of generous compliments so it seems everyone thinks it’s good!

betsy skirt front close

I cut a size 10 graded up to an 11 at the waist.  I probably could have got away with a straight size 10 but given I’m on the slim side of my normal at the moment, it’s probably a safe bet!

Here’s the butt shot haha!  I’m actually pulling on the skirt a bit here which I *think* (hope!) is why the invisible zip is showing a bit more than it should.  I’m still mastering this skill but improving every time!!

betsy skirt back

The skirt has a cute little vent at the back and I hope to make a few variations of this in future Betsys.

betsy skirt vent

betsy skirt front

So, happy days!  If you’re thinking of delving into garment sewing then this is definitely a great pattern to start on – just find yourself a good invisible zip tutorial!

Do you have any awesome go-to work staple patterns?  Please share!

Nat x

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  • You look stunning Nat! The fabric is lovely, great find from spotlight!! I never wear my betsy’s because I don’t know what tops to wear with the bright skirts. I think I need some neutral tops like you’re wearing here.

    • Thanks Liz!! Yep I think neutral tops are the key. I’m even thinking just plain singlets tucked in with a jacket? Or of course another Bonnie top which is cropped just at the right length 😉

  • Leah

    Looks great!

  • Well done! It looks great on you! I adore that gorgeous print too 🙂

    • Thanks so much Carolyn!! I really love it and can’t wait to make another, maybe lined next time.

  • Cute! Betsy is on my list to make- yours is really inspiring!

    • Nawwwww thanks Meg 😉 I wear it all the time and it was a pretty quick sew too which is always a bonus!

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