Sewing for my Sis: Miette Skirt!

Hi, guys!  I’m so glad to report that I’ve finished the first garment for my sister’s back-to-work wardrobe!  It’s the Miette skirt from Tilly and the Buttons!

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.

Action shot: look, no peep show! This is one well-designed wrap skirt!

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.

Does this make my butt look big? Kidding. Kinda.

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!

132 responses

  1. No, it does not make your butt look big! I think it’s super cute on you – wonder why you don’t like it for yourself? Especially with those shoes!

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    • Ugh, isn’t it the worst? Well, no, the worst is when you make a silly mistake 30 seconds after thinking to yourself, “hmmm, I should probably slow down/stop/etc or I’m gonna make a silly mistake”. Le sigh!

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  2. I”m pretty sure your butt just looks like a normal butt! So never fear! If I was your sister, I would be stoked to be receiving such an awesome and cheerful skirt- that red would make me happy even if I was standing in a puddle being attacked by a Chihuahua!

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  3. The skirt really does look fabulous on you and your butt doesn’t look big in the slightest!

    I love Tilly’s fashion sense but neither of those patterns are very me either.

    Hope your sister loves the skirt!

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  4. What do you mean it’s not your style – it looks gorgeous on you and goes brilliantly with the Renfrew. Make one for yourself! This is the best pocket version of the Miette I’ve seen.

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  5. Cute! Actually I like it in the linen. My biggest ‘hmmm’ about this pattern is the way it sticks out at the sides when the pockets are done. Using the linen overcame that issue, looks good!

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  6. The skirt is great, I’m sure your sister will be very happy with it – I would. Somehow I think I need to make myself a red Miette skirt, the problem with sewing blogs- too much inspiration.

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  7. So cute! Take it from someone who actually has junk in the trunk, your butt does not look big at all in this skirt! I made a Miette over the weekend and I love how quick and easy it is.

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    • Thanks, girl! I have to admit that I was having just the slightest selfish twinges of sadness when I cut into the fabric– I had been hoarding it for myself! But I’ve got plenty of clothes and this color will look cute on my sis. 🙂

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  8. I love this, and I agree with everyone else–it should totally be your style! Make one for you, dudezilla! It really emphasizes your waist and makes you all hourglassy =D

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  9. Lady, your butt does NOT look big in this skirt, I assure you!

    I know what you mean about Tilly’s patterns not really doing it for you, but it does look super cute on you! I think your sister will love it!

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  10. love the skirt! i think the linen was a good choice, it looks good in a drapey fabric. i think you need one for yourself! and no, your butt does not look big. 🙂

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  11. Your sister’s so lucky! The skirt turned out great, and though I know what you mean about the fabric feeling too drapey, it looks just fine!

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  12. great skirt! I finished a BurdaStyle skirt this week, 8 gore, and it has similar slant pockets. I love it, and I was thinking I definitely need to make it up in red!! Your skirt confirms it–I need a red one 🙂

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    • Red is such a fun color for a skirt! I have a red pleated skirt that I got off of Etsy years ago, before I could sew, and it just matches so many different things! I’ve gotta catch up with my blogroll and check out your skirt– it sounds cute!

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  13. It’s beautiful and I love that it’ll fit your sister for sure, as it’s adjustable! And, by the way, it does not make your butt look big!!!

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    • Haha, she’s lucky to get the skirt, but she’s also had to endure decades of teasing from me, so I guess it all evens out… well, maybe if I make her a few more skirts!

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  14. With no buttonholes, zippers, etc, this skirt definitely seems like it would be a breeze. If only I could tear myself away from sewing bras, especially Ohhh Lulu’s new Bambi, I might make this!

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  15. The linen gives the skirt a lovely drape, and I think bows look better when they’re not too stiff. It looks great on you even though you don’t think it’s your style. Your sister is lucky!

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  16. It looks great, I haven’t been tempted by this pattern until now- I prefer it in a drapey fabric! All of my sewing is done late night, so I totally relate to making mistakes like that.

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    • Oh, gosh, isn’t that the worst? I always know that I’m too tired to sew, but I still want to do it! I try to at least limit my time sewing at night so I’m not staying up way past my bedtime. 🙂

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  17. Your butt looks fab. Be honest, you just wanted the compliments 😉 No, seriously, looks great. I’m with you on supporting indie designers, unfortunately I’m also with you on Tilly’s patterns not being to my style … yet. I’m hoping the next one will be the one because I think her designs are well put together, as you obviously know!

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    • Thanks, Badger! I felt like I was channeling you a bit when I was picking out the fabric for my sister– red skirt, lots of blue in stripes and polka dots… I’m just missing some elephants!

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  18. That’s no way your butt looks big … I think it’s a lovely skirt for you and your sister should watch put..you should steal it

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  19. Ooh I love! I’m dying to make a red skirt, you just pushed me over the edge. I think this is super flattering and looks really pretty on you!

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    • Do it! Red goes with so many colors– it’s practically a neutral! I have a red skirt that I bought on Etsy years ago, and it matches so many items in my wardrobe (black, gray, navy, blue, aqua… you name it!).

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    • LOL! My photographer always watches my back. 🙂 There’s no clean space against my building that makes a good photo backdrop. I live in a particularly ugly neighborhood!

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  20. I’m with you on wanting to support indie pattern designers, but alas, I don’t have an unlimited budget and I don’t always like all their designs! I think buying them for someone else is a good compromise 🙂

    That red color is truly fantastic, and I don’t think the ties look especially tired…I wouldn’t have noticed if you didn’t point it out!

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    • I know what you mean– indie patterns can be really expensive! But luckily using so much stashed fabric this year means my pattern budget can be higher– yay! Thank you for encouraging me to stash-bust! 🙂

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  21. You say this isn’t your style… but hell, I like it on you. So glad to see you got past those tie problemos to finish it!! It looks gorgeous and I’m sure your sis will adore it!

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    • Thanks, Mel! I’m SO impressed by you reworking your troubled vintage dress project into the gorgeous Lily dress you just posted– that’s a master class in perseverance!

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  22. Too drapey? TOO drapey? No miss–NO! This dress is incredible and I actually think it suits you perfectly. Your sis is going to love it. I adore that you can style it so many ways!

    And I’m so with you re: supporting indie bloggers. I really want to support them too, but I’m poor (d’oh!) and I’m moving away from the style I feel that lots of them have.

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    • Haha, I suppose that’s a ridiculous complaint– too drapey!

      I hear you about indie patterns– they’re a big investment. Luckily my pattern budget has increased recently as I’ve been so focused on sewing with stash fabric that I’m not spending anything on fabric! Also– be on the lookout for the postman! 😉

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  23. The Miette skirt isn’t my style, either, but it does look really great on you! (And of course your butt doesn’t look big!) The adjustability will be perfect for a post-pregnancy back-to-work wardrobe, too!

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  24. Big booties aren’t always a bad thing ;-D…but, this doesn’t make your butt look big, promise. It’s too bad you aren’t keeping this skirt, cause the top/skirt combo is killer.

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    • I agree– I’m envious of the gals with curvy, gorgeous butts! I just felt a little wide and rectangular, but wearing horizontal stripes probably doesn’t help that feeling! Teeheehee! If I was a reallllly nice sister, I’d send her the top, too, because I really like them together, but….. 😉

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  25. Count me in with the slew of folks who don’t think your badonkadonk looks big at all. Trust me. I’m an authority on this…my boyfriend’s phone plays the song “Big Bottom” from Spinal Tap when I call. (It’s a good thing I have a sense of humor and a crappy right hook.)

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  26. It looks great! I’m sure she will love it! You are such a wonderful sister! You are my shining example when it comes to unselfish sewing. With five sisters, it gets a bit rough though. If you make one of them something, you have to make them all something. 🙂

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    • Oh, wow– I can only imagine! Luckily I only have two sisters (and my two brothers and two brother-in-laws could care less about clothes, so I don’t have to worry about them.)

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