My Denim Skirt Dilemma.

Alas, I am still working on my Sewaholic Hollyburn to Denim Skirt makeover.  I have been pinning/unpining and trying on/taking off and puzzling over/avoiding my skirt for the last three days now, trying to decide what to do.  Has there ever been so much indecision in my life!?  (I hope not!  I hope there is only indecision with minor details such as this one!)

I am very happy with my denim skirt, so far!

I have made my denim skirt with what feels like a 100% light weight cotton.  I would like to call it a chambray, unfortunately it was unlabelled, inexpensive and I bought a large amount of it not having any proof as to its content or description.  It is light weight though, therefore it would be nice if it was an A line shape (my favourite) and/or gathered would be nice too (I have gathered the back of this skirt already).

I love the topstitching I have done – front and back pockets, seams, waistband, hemming.  I love the rivets and jeans button.  I would change none of it.  (If you missed any of the steps you can see the previous posts here and here.)

Now here is my dilemma – help me out here.

As I said, I have oh too carefully thought about these back pockets (too much! for three flippin’ days, I tell you!). 

Unfortunately these pockets are going on the BACK, which is GATHERED, which means when I hold the skirt up the pockets are kind of folded and twisted and turned and don’t look their best.   My hope is that my butt is good enough to fill out the gathered skirt a bit so that the pockets lie flat?

My dilemma (minor as it may seem) is….

A.  Should I continue?  Sew the pockets on the back, put on the two rivets each, and hope for the best?  Hoping that having a body inside the skirt makes the pockets lie flat, or at least flatter?  Hoping that I can carefully rip the back pockets off if they look terrible and it has been a BAD, BAD IDEA?  Hold on, I better not put on the rivets then or I will have permanent holes in my skirt!

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OR…

B.  Should I say Heck with it!  Leave the back pockets off and just stick with the simple gathered back?  Maybe I could mount and frame my precious, carefully topstitched back pockets and just hang them on the wall over my sewing machine?  Maybe I can save them and use them on a chambray top?

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GIMME A HAND HERE, PLEEEASE!  I need a push to move on with this project!  (Let me know in the comments below – A or B?)

Hopefully Readers, sewing dilemmas are the only ones you have in life!  Better yet, hopefully it’s Happy Sewing out there!

Later that evening… this post was edited to include gratuitous “butt” shots!

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A. with pockets
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B.  without pockets

54 thoughts on “My Denim Skirt Dilemma.

  1. Can we see a pic with you in it ?

    1. Gah! I was hoping someone wouldn’t say that! I was kind of hoping I wouldn’t need butt shots! But it is an excellent request… I guess so , I’ll add a couple to this post when I get home. Sorry!

  2. Leave the pockets off unless you want to use them to store something. Anyone standing behind you at the bank or grocery store will be staring at your butt the whole time. You did a lovely job with the stitching so maybe they can be used on something else?

    1. One vote off! Ya, I’m not sure being a Butt Braggart is in my genes! A lovely chambray top would be nice though!

  3. Hah I was also going to ask you to model it! Those pockets are lovely, It would be a shame for them to get lost in the gathering.

    1. I’m listening! 🙂 Photos of me modelling the skirt are included now! What do you think?

      1. I think they look good on! I vote keep.

        1. Thank you! Another vote to keep!

  4. Actually I find that it often takes a few wears of a new make to know whether I’ve it’s a hit or a miss. I would definitely leave your options open till you’ve worn it.

    1. That’s true! Another good choice!

  5. Get those back pockets on! All that beautiful stitching should be shown off!
    Have you tried laying them on flat, then pushing the two side in only at the top edge. The sides and bottom have to be stitched on, but the top edge can gape out as much or as little as you want it too. For example if the top edge of your pocket is 16 cm, it can sit, for example, 1 3cm apart as marked on the skirt, making the top edge sit out and compensating for the gathering. Have I explained that clearly enough?? Pin it and see what you think!

    1. Hmm, I do understand. I never thought of that one! Thanks!

  6. I’m with mumokio…we won’t know which is better until we see your butt parading both options….waiting, waiting, waiting….:)

    1. My gosh! If I didn’t know you personally I would delete your comment before it ever reached the public…. You are and always were a trouble maker! “Butt parading!” 😂 The “wearing” photos are coming… Patience, patience!

  7. mmm, I’m with try both and test, before the rivets. I agree with steelyseamstress it often takes a few wears to know what works and what doesn’t. Good luck!

    1. Another vote for being patient, let’s wait and see! Thanks, Barbara!

  8. Nix the pockets on the skirt save them for something else as you did a super job on them just my 2cents since my booty would look HUGE with the gathers & pockets. LOL

    1. Another vote for NIX! Thanks! Ya my butt isn’t looking forward to trying on “both ways” as suggested by others! We shall see!

  9. Yes, the stitching is beautiful. You’ve taken us this far, you can’t leave us hanging, like a cliffhanger. 😊 In the spirit of Star Trek, “Warp speed ahead.”

    1. Well thank you for the compliment… and yes there is a new Star Trek movie coming! One vote for Warp Speed!

  10. Being somewhat impish tonight, let me say “no butts about it” it is a toughie. I tend to avoid anything that will draw attention to particular areas of my body but those are lovely pockets. Any way you can pin them on (thus avoiding the unpicking if you hate them) and have a look see before you sew them on? Beautiful skirt I must say.

    1. …and here comes another trouble maker! 🙂 Yes, I think that is where the confusion arises – love the pockets… do I really want them there? Thanks for the compliment!

  11. Personally, I like the photo with the pockets on. They haven’t buckled or pleated with the skirt volume they just look very nice. My 2 cents worth.

    1. Thank you! You’re right, they are not as bad as I thought! Thanks for the vote!

  12. I think the pockets look good with your arse in the skirt. Maybe sew them on, wear the skirt a bit and see how you feel then. If you hate them take them off, if you love them get your rivet on!

    What rivets are you using btw?

    1. Thanks for the vote! Oh my, now to remember… the rivets are left over from when I made my jeans, sort of a brass colour, brand: Prym?

  13. The pockets look fine on the skirt so it wouldn’t be a problem if they were there, but I think they would look really good on a shirt.

    1. Haha, hmm, so if I put them on here, I’m going to have to add chambray shirt to my list… That’s a possibility! 😃

  14. Pockets pockets pockets! They look awesome!

    1. Thanks! Don’t you just love a skirt with pockets!

  15. I love the pockets as they add a great detail to the skirt, and as someone who wastes far too much time on ‘does my bum look big in this’ – I now just wear what I genuinely feel comfortable in so if you feel good with pockets on, go for it, and it will show on how you wear your gorgeous new skirt , ie, with confidence (still extremely jealous of that gorgeous top stitching and if anyone is staring at your butt – chances are they are mavelling at either a fine figure or fine stitching)

    1. Thank you! Yes, we should just wear what we feel good in, and never mind all the fretting!

  16. Definitely pockets on! I love the stitching. Maybe place them a little more to the sides?
    And I think without rivets is better, they can ruin chairs

    1. Yes, I was going to check where I put them on my jeans. I’ve never put them on a denim skirt before. I’ve never made a denim skirt before without proper instructions/pattern. I forgot about the catching on chairs, etc. Thank you!

  17. They are lovely pockets but my vote is for nix. I think they would look great on another project.

    1. Thanks for the vote! Yes some say on a shirt instead.

  18. Well, personally I love the pockets on the skirt! Not only did you do a marvelous job making them, but I think they add polish to the style. And if they draw attention to your derrière, it will be the good kind!

    1. Thank you! That is definitely another perspective! 👍😃

  19. With pockets

  20. I love the stitching on the pockets and the skirt with and without them. Sorry, I am not being much help. The fabric looks really gorgeous. Xx

    1. Thank you! I’m not sure exactly what it is since it was unlabelled. But it feels like a cotton chambray.

  21. I’d save the lovely pockets for the shirt.

    1. Thank you! Another without vote!

  22. Ooo I don’t know!! Linda’s idea with the pocket sounds like a good option! Good luck!! 😀🍀😀

    1. Thank you! I’ll figure this out eventually!

  23. AAAAAAA! I kept myself from reading the other comments, so as not to get confused. Gut feeling, first impression, honest opinion: A.

  24. Can’t wait to see what you finally decided to do!

  25. I’m not excited by the pockets-

    1. Another vote for NO! Thank you!

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