A Tweed Delphine

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I had such high hopes for this make and it’s ended up being a bit, well, average to be honest…

This is the last piece of fabric from my John Lewis sale splurge in the Summer. (Still using up…). It’s a beautiful, tweed fabric, labelled as ‘check boucle’ which is cream with shades of blue, lilac and black in it. The first half of this make went perfectly. Unlike my previous two Delphines (see here and here), which were both made from linen, I decided to line this one. There’s an online tutorial on Tilly’s website (Tilly and the Buttons) for guidance as to how to do this. And as usual, Tilly’s instructions were clear and informative. I was so proud of my progress that I even took mid-make photos…

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This was bizarrely the first time I’d inserted a ‘normal’ zip (really not sure why I selected this one and not an invisible one actually, but there you go). I consulted my ‘Sew, Step by Step’ manual and followed their instructions for inserting what they called a ‘centred zip’. I was really pleased with the result (above left). I was also really pleased with my lining (above right) which looked very professional once the inner waist-band was attached 🙂

But then I attempted to hem…. Hmmmm, well, the outer skirt went fine. Deciding the fabric might be too bulky, I just folded under once and used some pretty ribbon (no photos sorry, but it looks mighty pretty, you can take my word for it). I’d seen many bloggers use this method and I was really pleased to try it out. Then I attempted to hem the lining. Oh dear! My first attempt was ridiculously wonky, far too wide and when I measured it against the outer skirt, also far too long: not a good look 😦 Out came the unpicker… I’m thinking maybe I should have used a finer needle on my machine to keep it more even? Second time around wasn’t too bad, but then over to the ironing board, and yes, you’ve guessed it: I’d forgotten to turn the heat down from pressing the outer skirt, grrrr….. Luckily I singed the inner, seamed side, so once attached to the outer skirt it wasn’t too noticeable, but still, mighty annoying…

I attached the lining to the top of the waist-band, as per Tilly’s instructions, but couldn’t fathom sewing around the zip at all. Maybe, by using a ‘normal’ zipper I’d made this an impossible task? I recalled doing this particular bit of my BHL Charlotte Skirts by hand, so I improvised and hand-sewed instead (after under stitching the top of the waist-band to keep it flat). Time-consuming, yes, but it worked well and my hand stitching is slowly getting neater…

Overall I was really, pretty pleased with this, despite a few hiccups. But then I tried it on and was just completely underwhelmed 😦 It’s kind of fine, ok, not bad… But I’m nowhere near loving it, as I thought I was going to! The fit’s really good. The high waist is still flattering, although the bulkier material is less forgiving than my Summer, linen versions ( maybe that’s more to do with the excess food and drink from our half-term holiday though?)

Ever found this? Maybe it’s not the skirt, but me. I’m just not really into it. I’m also feeling pretty exhausted from being back at school, even though we haven’t even done a whole week yet…. Not a good sign! Maybe I’ll force myself to try it again when I’m feeling more upbeat? I did manage to smile for the camera, but only because my son was taking the photos for me…

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30 thoughts on “A Tweed Delphine

    • Thanks Amanda. I think I’d maybe built it up in my head, as I’ve been looking forward to sewing it all Summer. And I’m really pleased with it on the hanger, just not on! I’ll try it again at the weekend and see…

  1. I agree with Amanda; you may not be overwhelmingly in love with it but it does look great on you. Maybe its one of those makes that grows on you over time. My first Mabel skirt was like that. I thought I was going to absolutely love it and look fab in it because of all the pictures I had seen but when I tried it on I was like ‘meh…’. But over time its come to be one of my most worn skirts.

  2. I agree! I think it looks great. One thing I found to reduce bulk round the waistband is to finish the inner edge of your waistband with the overlocker if you have one or with bias binding much the same way you did your hem. I’ve looked at RTW trousers and that is how it’s done. This is probably well known by more experienced Swiss but I am still stumbling over these things! I think your skirt will grow on you – it looks like it will co-ordinate with lots of lovely tops.

  3. I agree with everyone above – the skirt is lovely! 🙂 And I’m sure once you start wearing it with other items you love throughout winter, it will grow on you. I’ve felt this way about a few of my makes – usually things I was really looking forward to finishing! – and once I wore them a couple of times, I really did like them more! I’m also really glad I’m reading this post now – I’m making a wool Delphine next and will be lining it too!

  4. I find if I’ve had a trauma making something it kinda puts me off wearing it, and when I come back a bit later I feel better about it. Maybe that’s the problem?
    It does look lovely on you though!

    • It’s certainly a full on half-term already 😦 I’m taking our sixth formers out tomorrow though so change of scene will be good. You’re right, I think trying it with a lighter or brighter top might do the trick…

  5. I agree with everyone else: it really does look good, and will no doubt be a useful skirt. Perhaps you’re just a bit jaded after the frustrations with the lining & waistband. I think when you’ve had a good run of makes, it’s harder when something doesn’t go perfectly to plan. But only you know that. Everyone else loves it!

  6. Oh, I think it looks nice! I love it with he black top and black tights. Hope it grows on you over time! I know it’s sad to put so much effort into a garment that you don’t end up loving.

    • Thanks Teri. I’m thinking the photos I posted are making it look better than it actually was in the ‘flesh’ as it were. Everyone’s so kind on here 🙂 My Clemence skirt has had lots of wear, so this might grow on me…

  7. I think this looks lovely and I really like the fabric. I bet you will get lots of wear out of it with tights & nice jumpers; it’s good to have some wardrobe staples too I think 🙂

  8. Love the fabric and shape, I agree with everyone that it really suits you. Sometimes when you’ve been making other more complex projects like your Megans and Elisalex you don’t end loving your other makes as much, but I bet it’ll be a great staple through the winter and well done on that tricky lining!

    • I think it’s the main problem with not being able to try things on before you make them. I certainly don’t mind it, but I was just really looking forward to making it, so couldn’t help but be a little disappointed. Oh well, time will tell…

  9. It’s awful when you enjoy making something, adore the fabric and then you fall out of love with it the moment you put it on! It really suits you though and it’s perfect for the ‘work’ wardrobe!

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