Anemone Peplum

Anémone skirt

Over the Easter weekend I finished making my second skirt. This time the pattern came via a friend of mine from Deer and Doe. The pattern comes in both French and English and is quite versatile with two different lengths and the option to add a partial peplum or buttons. I opted for the shorter skirt with the peplum so as to make it drastically different from my Delphine skirt. I enjoyed making the skirt however in places the instructions were a little sparce. However, with the odd bit of googling I managed to make it through and have a totally wearable garment (although it is a little small on me – not through any fault in the sewing but rather the large gap between starting to make the project and its completion. During this time I had a birthday and with that came lots of meals out and cake!)

I am quite pleased with the skirt. I love the pattern on the fabric, although the fabric itself was quite tricky for me, as a brginner, to work with. It had quite a bit of stretch in it and so some of the seams have puckered a bit, especially around the invisible zip. Despite this I feel my second attempt at an invisible zip was a fairly succesful one – you cant see the zip and it functions as it should – what more could you want?

I made no attempt whatsoever at pattern matching as the pattern is so busy you would hardly notice anyway which is great seeing as the skirt is constructed from multiple panels so that would have been a lot of seams to match! It was also my first garment that had a lining. I enjoyed this aspect of making the skirt quite a lot as it allowed me to make any adjustments to the lining as a sort of trial run before starting on my actual fabric. For the lining material I went to the local market and bought some plain white cotton for £2 a metre so I could mess it up as much as I liked and not feel too bad about wasting precious fabric. I think if I were to make this skirt again I might choose a fabric that holds itself a bit better to make more of a feature of the peplum. This could also be done by choosing a less busy pattern. I would also probably make the skirt a little longer as it looks great with tights but I would be a little afraid to go out in it with bare legs in the summer!

The details:

Pattern: Deer and Doe, Anémone skirt. Short version with Peplum.

Fabric: Midnight flowers abstract floral print from the textile centre

Notions: YKK 41cm invisible zip in dark blue and Guterman thread in pale grey.

Alterations: Graded pattern between size 38 waist and 36 hips

Delphine skirt waistband close-up

Delphine Skirt

After the fantastic success of my starry pajamas I decided to follow it up swiftly with another sewing project before I lost all confidence. This time I wanted to create something that I could wear outside the house.

Say hello to the Delphine skirt. This is another creation from Tilly and the Buttons.

Delphine skirt in burgundy cotton drill

Delphine skirt in burgundy cotton drill

I decided to play it safe and choose one of the suggested material types. So I searched on ebay for “drill” in the fabric section despite not knowing what that meant! I chose this lovely burgundy colour – again opting not to go for a pattern to play it safe.

I enjoyed making this skirt as I felt I had progressed so far from my pajamas but was not overwhelmed by a vast number of new skills needed to complete the task. In fact the only new skills required were interfacing and inserting an invisible zip. I had attempted some interfacing before for a bag, that time I just guessed my way through it using a few internet tutorials but I wasnt really satisfied with the result. However, this time I had specific instructions in my book to follow along with the pattern and in fact it was incredibly simple and I created a stiffened wasteband with only minor difficulty!

The second new skill required for this skirt was a little more daunting, the invisible zip. Once again, the step by step photo tutorial was amazing and this together with the instructions included with my new invisible zipper foot meant that in just over an hour I had a zip on my skirt!

invisible zip

Invisible zip on Delphine skirt

I was so proud of my creation I decided to wear it along to my craft club and tell everybody that I had made it. The response to which was a planned trip to the local fabric shop for me and my fellow crafters to purchase some more fabric so that we can have a sew-a-long and create a garment together!