I’m a big fan of indie patterns, and I love to support new designers. I felt bad because neither this skirt nor the Mathilde blouse is my style at all, but I wanted to be supportive of Tilly’s new endeavor. Luckily my sister loved this pattern so I was able to try out one of these designs– yay!
This skirt comes together very quickly. There are no zippers, buttonholes, or difficult techniques to slow you down. It’s a perfect beginner’s pattern. I spent more time turning the waistband and ties right-side out and pressing them than on the rest of the skirt in its entirety! Unfortunately, most of the sewing on this skirt took place in the late evening after work when I was really tired, so I made a stupid mistake and lost momentum on the project. I attached one of the waistband pieces to the wrong side, making one tie 30″ longer than the other! Somehow I didn’t notice this until I had turned out the waistband, trimmed the seams, and topstitched the whole thing down. I didn’t want to unpick the whole thing as I was afraid that it would fray like crazy, so I just chopped off extra length on the one side, folded down the edges, and topstitched it closed. Then I folded the edges under on the extra piece, fit it around the short edge, and topstitched that down. It’s not a flawless fix, but it’s functional and it got me out of my funk.
The pattern instructions aren’t illustrated at all, but there are photos on the blog from Tilly’s sewalong demonstrating every step. I can’t emphasize enough how easy this pattern is. If you’re thinking about learning how to sew, and you want to try out a project that will pretty much guarantee your success, this is a good bet.
I used a red linen from my stash (hooray!), and I’m not sure how wise of a choice this was. It’s drapey and nice, but I wonder if it’s not TOO drapey. Somehow the skirt makes my butt look huge, and I don’t have a whole lot of junk in the trunk! And the ties look a little droopy in linen, so maybe a fabric with a little bit more body might have looked a little nicer. But overall, I’m pleased with this skirt and I really hope my sister likes it. It’s really adjustable, so at least I know it should fit her.
I’m so glad I finished something off this list! Next I’m planning to whip up some quick tops to go with this skirt!