I couldn’t wait to have a go at this pattern after seeing so many versions on the blogosphere of late. I found this cerise linen at Leon’s in Chorlton. I loved its brightness, and of course it goes beautifully with navy 😉 To be honest it’s probably a bit ‘floppy’ to hold this exaggerated a-line style to its true beauty, but I couldn’t resist.
The last couple of patterns I’ve attempted have been printable PDFs so it was a pleasant change to have to trace a pattern. I quite enjoyed the process, and it certainly felt more durable. I opted for a size 2, which despite looking pretty small as I was sewing it up, probably because of the high waist, turned out well.
Tilly’s instructions were great, but I must admit to annoying myself and blanking out some of them in favour of methods I’d used in constructing BHL’s Charlotte (still in my humble opinion the best invisible zip tutorial, although maybe because it was the first one I used?) and Colette’s Ginger skirts. I really tried to follow Tilly’s but my impatience took over, does anyone else annoy themselves like this? I did however follow her option of machine stitching the facing to the inside of the skirt. She does state that you could do this by hand, but I opted for the quick fix. I really didn’t mind the stitching showing, but I didn’t find it as neat as hand stitching on the inside, maybe you get better with practice at this? She also mentions ‘stitching in the ditch’ which I have read about, but never tried. Maybe I’ll do some research and attempt this technique next time.
I loved how it turned out. My only slight niggle was that I didn’t manage to line up the waistband seams with those of the main body of the skirt and I really did try. 😦 Annoying, but probably only noticeable to those who sew themselves (fingers crossed!) I’m hoping one day to get to the point where there isn’t always something! When does this happen exactly? Dramatic sigh! I’m hoping once I’ve finished school for the Summer I’ll have more time to spend on sewing and will learn to slow down. Mmmmm, we’ll see if I can stick to that…
It does feel a little short for Summer too, although Tilly does describe it finishing ‘a flirty few inches above the knees’, so I should have been expecting this. As an Autumn/Winter skirt this would be no problem with the help of woolly tights, but I’m a bit conscious of my legs without them and find just an extra inch and a half much more flattering. I’m already picturing this with some navy lace attached to the hem… Old habits die hard!
I’ll definitely give this another go, in fact I might have already done just that! Will post later in the week…
And did I mention how much I loved Tilly’s book, particularly the styling ‘make it your own’ sections? Seeing as I’m a serial multiple maker of a pattern, these sections will prove especially useful and I love a good book to flick through for future sewing projects in the evenings. Tilly certainly provides plenty of that coupled with a huge degree of enthusiasm 🙂