Pattern: Beignet by Colette Patterns
Fabric: yellow cotton twill from fabric.com
Notions: 10 7/8″ navy blue buttons by la mode, ivory bemberg rayon for lining, twill tape to reinforce waistband.
Notes: I love, love, love this skirt! I made a size 2, after I made the muslin in a size 4 – the 4 matched my waist measurement, but was too big in the skirt. I decided that a high waisted skirt should have a very fitted waist, and I’m pleased with that decision. It fits just about perfectly.
I wear a 2 or 4 in ready to wear, so it’s pretty true to retail misses sizes. This is the first time I have lined a skirt, and it was a challenge! I bought bemberg rayon, because I like the feel and I hate polyester linings. That stuff is crazy slippery. Here’s what I did: I spray starched the heck out of it, pinned my pattern pieces to it, cut in a single layer with a rotary cutter, and got pieces that were close enough. I sewed it together with the walking foot, preventing layer shifting, and I basted it into the facings by hand before machine sewing. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it – this sort of skirt, without a lining, would be useless with tights because it would ride up or get static. No problems at all with the lining!
I did not have any problems at all with the instructions – they were clear and illustrated step by step. I did not care for the belt loops after I made them – they were too short imo, and they were also flimsy and hard to sew on. I made my own, copying the look of dress pants loops, and they look great (basically I topstitched 2 lines down the middle to hold them together, then sewed them on by hand. I showed my buttonhole trick yesterday – see that post for my new tool there. I reduced the buttons by 1 and spaced them 2 inches apart – my buttons were 7/8″ instead of 3/4″ so I wanted them slightly farther apart.
This skirt is totally do-able by a near beginner – someone who, like me, has a few garments done but is looking to add skills. I learned so much on this project, and I can’t wait for the next Colette pattern I make – I adore the aesthetic! The best part? I can wear this skirt with a shirt that is otherwise too short to tuck in, thus extending my wardrobe!