I was recently lucky enough to be one of the pattern testers for the second sewing pattern from Tilly Walnes of the super duper sewing blog Tillyandthebuttons.com, and TV star in The Great Birtish Sewing Bee!
This skirt pattern, aimed specifially at beginners is a great way to try out making a garment as it has no fiddly zips, fastenings, button holes or anything else that might put beginners off. It is gently flared and wraps over at the back, tieing at the front in a pretty bow.
If you are worried about making it fit properly then fear not, you only need your waist measurement for this skirt and even if you get things a bit mixed up then you only need to tie the bow a bit tighter - or looser (hopefully not!)
It's also a great blank canvas for adding your own style and customisations. For my first Miette skirt, I used a natural coloured organic cotton fabric and embellised it with piping below the waist band and a bias bound hem. Which basically means I used some bias binding (or a big long strip of fabric) along the bottom of the skirt to finish it off.
Adding a piping detail is really easy. You can either buy some pre-mae piping or make your own like I did......
Put the zipper foot on your machine and using some cord and a strip of bias binding, wrap the binding around the cord and stitch quite close to envelope or make a bit of a sausage roll......
Measure the length of the top of your skirt or the length of the section you want to use piping for and make sure you make a long enough strip to cover it. You can't really have joins so make sure you have enough and that there is a bit of the cord sticking out the end.
Next, line the piping along the top of the skirt panels, raw edges together and pin in place.
Baste the piping in place using a large stitch length. You can see the two lines of stitching in the piping below. This line of stitching will never be seen, or put under stress, its just temporary.
Pull the cord out a few centimeters and snip off the end, then straighten out the fabric. This will mean that a little section at the end won't have any cord in it. This means that there will be less bulk when you finish off that raw edge.
When you come to press the raw edge in place, before stitching it, the binding at the top will easily fold over too as it won't be bulked up witht the piping.
The you are ready to sew on the waist band as normal. You'll just need to use your zipper foot again to get in nice and close to the piping edge.
For the hem, I made my own folded bias binding using a bias binder maker tool and the iron, but you can always just buy ready made stuff too. I've got some really pretty ones arriving in the shop soon so watch out for them!
With the right side of the binding facing the wrong side of the bottom of the skirt, stitch the bias binding in place along the fold....
Then press the binding towards the bottom of the skirt along your line of stitching.
Then press it upwards, this will hide the raw edge at the bottom of the skirt.
Then just top stitch it in place!
I LOVE my new Miette Skirt! Fancy trying on for yourself?! Then head on over to Tillys website to get your digital version that you can print at home and get started on right away!