My Miette skirt

Dressing head to toe in pink makes me very happy.  Apart from the fact that it is usually very kind to my colouring, I have just read in The Guardian that “It’s a way to be pretty while retaining your intellectual detachment.”  I’ll take it.

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I feel very womanly in this skirt, it’s a bit out of my comfort zone because ordinarily such an A line would make me feel like a human triangle.  If I wear it with a nice tight top, however, I feel flattered and reasonably well put-together.  So I sewed a vest using the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top pattern and a clever hack by Like Sew Amazing.

I’m going to try it with a polo neck, tights and boots in the autumn.  Something like this version / outfit by Seams of Consciousness, who, by the way, makes the most amazing clothes!

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The Miette skirt is one of Tilly and the Buttons first sewing patterns.  It’s a wonderful pattern for beginners as it is mostly straight lines, with no zips or buttons.  Screen Shot 2018-08-29 at 15.24.56

I lined mine with a lightweight polycotton because I sewed it in quite a light chambray (Merchant and Mills) and I wanted a nice “quality” drape.  I also don’t fancy flashing my pants every time I go out on a breezy day.

The pockets are optional, I added them because my fabric is so plain I wanted some texture.  I wouldn’t recommend keeping your biscuits or doggy poo bags in them though as that would ruin the nice clean lines.

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I took my time making this as I like a spot of relaxing slow dressmaking.  Sewing the pockets required a lot of attention to line up nicely without gaping – possibly because of my fabric choice.

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I love this pattern, it comes together really easily and is a classic style that is deservedly popular.  I made it as a sample for the sewing shop where I work, an example for the window to lure would-be beginner dressmakers.  Then I nabbed it for our summer holiday camping in France.

I’m not 100% sure its for me, I nearly donated it to a charity shop, then I looked at these pictures and decided to keep it.  I feel quite mumsy in it, but then, that’s not so bad is it?

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