Hi everyone, it’s Kathy from Sew Dainty and it’s great to be back on the Sewisfaction blog.
I know I am not alone when I say that I am a huge Tilly and the Buttons fan. Her designs suit my style and I am always excited when she releases new patterns. Something that I have neglected, however, is her first book ‘Love at First Stitch’
I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf and been meaning to sew something out of it for a long time, but keep getting distracted by other patterns – I know lots of you will totally get this! However my handmade wardrobe was really needing a simple A-line skirt like this, and I have finally got around to sewing it up.
My fabric choice is this wonderful medium weight Japanese cotton canvas. I knew that I wanted a fabric with some structure so that it would show off the A-line silhouette of the skirt. I also knew that working with cotton canvas would be a dream – having no stretch, it holds its shape wonderfully when cutting out and couldn’t be easier to sew with. I also completely fell in love with the bold retro floral design, particularly the bursts of burnt orange and teal colours amongst the navy and cream background.
Other suggestions for this fabric, if you don’t own the Love at First Stitch book, might be a Sew Over It Tulip Skirt, a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress or even home furnishings such as cushion covers or a Roman blind.
This skirt is a perfect project for a beginner, or a quick satisfying make for the more experienced sewist. It is super simple to cut out, and I love that it only took me an afternoon to sew. In addition to your fabric and thread, you’ll need a zip and some interfacing for the waistband. The recommended zip is a 9” invisible zip, but as I have recently made a skirt with an exposed zip, and I am now slightly obsessed with them, I could not resist adding an exposed zip into this skirt too. I should mention that I used a couple of strips of interfacing along the edges where the zip was sewn in, just to give it extra stability.
The skirt has turned out so well. I must admit I was thoroughly expecting to have to alter the side seams after sewing to soften off such an exaggerated A-line shape, but no, it’s perfectly lovely as it is and I made no changes to the pattern (other than the zip) – oh and the length, but I always have to shorten things as I am only 5’2”.
Have you seen the pretty needlecord fabrics that Sheona has in at the moment, I can imagine these working wonderfully with the Delphine pattern. Also what about a denim one too? Tempting …
Thank you so much to Sewisfaction for the beautiful fabric. I now have the cutest little skirt to make me smile through Autumn and Winter. On milder days it works well with bare legs and a t-shirt and cardigan and when the temperatures are cooler why not pair it up with cosy tights and a cropped top like the Seamwork Astoria.