I’m not normally much of a ‘skirt person’. For some reason I can never figure out how to strike the happy balance between business and casual. But when I saw some denim Miette’s popping up I thought it would be the perfect solution (just in time for fall in San Francisco)!
And gosh darn it, I think I was right!
The pattern is the Miette Skirt from Tilly and the Buttons. The skirt came together incredibly easily. Except for the part where I figured that since the Mathilde blouse, which is also a Tilly pattern, is always too short so I added 5 inches to the pattern length.
I then promptly sewed a 5 inch hem. Tee hee! Oh well, I actually prefer the look of a tall hem on this skirt.
Oh. Before I get too far into this I guess I should mention the fabric. I bought this in-store and whenever that happens I never have the full information. But I can tell you that it’s a lightweight stretch denim and boy oh boy does the dye ever rub off! I washed it once before sewing and it turned my finger tips thoroughly blue every time I worked on it. I washed it again before wearing and turned my hands blue every time I put them in those big comfy pockets. Then I washed it again and I think I might have finally got it to a point where it’s not rubbing off on things.
But I’m still not wearing it on my light blue couch. Oh heck no.
While we’re on the subject of those big comfy pockets, let’s get a closer look, shall we?
Although it’s not in the instructions, I decided to top-stitch around the bottom edge of the pockets and all the way down all the skirt seams. I think this does two things: 1) it looks a little more polished and 2) it adds a bit more strength and stability to those pockets.
I also lined the pockets with some super cute scraps that I had used to make my mother-in-law a set of cloth napkins.
I forget what the color is called, but it is a Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Organics fabric from the Elk Grove collection. And while this color seems to be gone, there are still some others available on FabricWorm where I bought this.
I also used the same fabric as seam binding on the back flap of the skirt because I thought it’d be cute. But, I dunno. I could take it or leave it. Sometimes I think I would have preferred just a double fold clean edge there. So that is one thing I would caution people about making this skirt is that that back flap hem will be a bit visible, so it should be finished neatly.
As you can see in the photo below, the wrap-around skirt also sometimes leads to a bit of wonkiness at the hem, but I’d say that’s a function of wrap skirts in general and not this pattern in particular.
I would say the only thing I struggled with at all during the construction of this dress was really just the waist tie. I think my fabric choice was a bit heavier in weight than Tilly had intended so I found it really difficult to squeeze my tie through the narrow hole left in the waistband. The bright side of that scenario is that it’s really hard to pull the tie back out too so it stays in there during the wash, so, there’s that.
I gotta tell ya. Overall I am pleasantly surprised with how cute I feel while wearing this! And it’s a great excuse to wear these mustard yellow tights that just don’t normally get thrown into the mix.
I’m not sure I’ll make another for a while, simply because how many wrap skirts does one really need?, but I really liked this pattern. You’re 2 for 2 so far Tilly, good job!
And just as a little side note to all you bloggers out there with a desk job, I don’t know how you do it! The only thing I’m more behind in than my sewing projects right now is blogging about them! I mean, I didn’t even blog our Mr and Mrs Potatohead Halloween costumes from this year! [checks forehead for evidence of fever] And these short days aren’t helping. God help ya if you need to take some photos and you don’t take advantage of some weekend daylight….. That said, hopefully I’ll be posting a little more regularly after the Holiday Season.