FINISHED ! Miette Skirt

After lamenting my lack of a sewing project on Friday, on Saturday I decided that instead of panic buying fabric* at the local fabric sale, to fit one of the patterns I would like to make up (of which nothing really struck me), I'd just try and get on with the couple of projects that were sitting dormant in the sewing cupboard.  I don't know why it was such a problem that I didn't have a project on the go, but it was.  I should have known that it never works for me to have a pattern in mind and to go looking for fabric, it usually only works the other way around. That, at least is my justification for buying patterns - I never know when the perfect material will come along!
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Anyway, do you remember the tartan from my cape? Well at the same time I also bought a pink colourway, with the intention of making another Charlotte skirt.  Yes, another one.  What can I say, it is a great work skirt for me.  So I spent a couple of hours yesterday afternoon getting on with the Charlotte and lazily listening to the podcasts on Suzy Hausfrau (I'm barely a beginner knitter but loved listening to these podcasts and think that pompon magazine is probably a must buy! Check out the cute socks :)). I made good progress with it but packed it away at dinner time.
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Double Tilly: Mathilde + Miette
The boys are all about superman at the moment, so for some reason, we decided to watch the cinematic masterpiece (!?)  Superman 3.  Clearly I didn't need to focus too hard on the movie, so I decided to do something else at the same time...so I cut out Tilly's Miette. I bought and taped this together ages ago, so the pattern was ready to go.  Originally I had bought some folksy denim patchwork fabric from Spotlight, but when I got that home there were a couple of strategic cuts in the fabric which rendered it useless for the skirt, due to the 'bare minimum' that I had bought. I tried to make it shorter but it just wasn't right at that length.  On that same day I had bought metres of a dark denim - because I liked the wash, so it was destined to be the Miette.  It was clearly fate, because I prefer this one and Ben hated the other fabric (maybe I should check finger prints on the scissors to see if he cut into the fabric!!)
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 The plan was to just cut it out and have it ready to go on another day. But then I thought I'd sew up the seams  Oh and maybe just make up the waistband.  Mmm, well, now I'm this far along, I may as well finish it.  And there it was.  A finished Miette!
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It was exactly the sort of project I felt like - it is simple and comes together so quickly. Nice long meditative sewing.  Nothing complicated.

IMG_3584 The only change I made to the pattern was to sew down the seams. My design feature (or was it laziness because it was already in the overlocker !!) is the bright pink overlocking of the seams.  Yep, a way out there design feature!

I think this will see a lot of wear.  In fact, when I was trying it on with things, it just seems to go with everything.  I've gone with a bit of double Tilly for these photos with my Mathilde paired with the Miette, but in fact today I'm wearing it with my sugar tee and a cardigan.


There was a bit of discussion over at Claire's the other day about making up clothes for work or for play and this skirt has surprised me.  I think it could go into both. Despite it being denim, the dark wash dresses it up a bit.

Thanks Tilly for another great make!
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*disclosure: I did buy one piece of fabric, but given I've made this up in stash fabric - I'm still good with my one in one out semi pledge (which I might formalise one day).... I still have metres left of the denim, but I have at least made a dent in it.

28 comments:

  1. This is such a nice silhouette on you! I agree that you could really dress this up or down. I just bought some dark denim too since I don't have any plain denim skirts. And I bought some fabric from Gertie's shop for another Charlotte - I think we're on the same sewing wavelength :). Can't wait to see how the tartan Charlotte comes out!

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  2. Thanks Shar! It's nicer on that I even thought it would be. I think the tartan is going to be a winner. I hesitated with lining it because it felt so good without the lining... but I had already done the darts on the lining so figured I may as well push through with it. Sadly I won't be doing anymore on it this weekend.. but I might be able to sneak a few minutes in here and there during the week.

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  3. That style really suits you. Would look horrendous on my hips! A good denim with nice weight is hard to come by.

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  4. I love your version! And I agree it can be used for many different occasions. I'm currently debating about a version made with a lightweight fabric to bring more drape to it but I'm just not sure at the moment!

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  5. Thanks! You are so right about a good denim. I hope this one keeps it's colour.

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  6. But the question is whether I want to wear it to work! :) I think if I had made this in summer I would have gone for a lighter weight but given it's winter the heavier feels more weather appropriate. One with a bit more drape would be nice!

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  7. This is lovely in the dark denim! And I'm happy to hear it's a relatively straightforward make as I've got the pattern all cut out and ready to go. I was surprised by how much fabric it uses up though and am just short with the 2m of pale blue cotton I bought for it so am a bit stuck now, maybe I can shorten it. to eke it out. It's nice when you can watch something easy and sew at the same time!

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  8. Lovely! It looks really nice in that darker colour... hmm... might have to make a darker one for myself now!

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  9. This is all kinds of rad, Kirsty! You had me at the pink ;) And that denim wash is fabulous!

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  10. I love this skirt teamed with the floral blouse.

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  11. Love it! It looks great with everything! The pattern reminds me of Vogue 1170. And your skirt makes me want to sew it again in a solid colour!

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  12. So excited to see on Twitter that you have cut it out. What did you end up doing? Did you shorten it? The great thing is that you will be able to wear it under your belly!

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  13. Thanks Amanda. Old Spotlight came through with the goods!

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  14. Thanks Gail. I have so many florals in the cupboard that I'll be able to mix and match so many clothes!

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  15. Thanks Merche. You are on such a roll with your summer sewing that you could knock one up in no time!

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  16. yes, I suddenly remembered about some coral coloured cotton I got in a charity shop. I've cut it out and am now debating whether to add purple piping to the pockets. Did you shorten yours? I am hoping it will be nice and comfy for the belly!

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  17. This looks great on you! I can totally see it being a great match with your cool tops.

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  18. Oooh purple piping would be very cool. I didn't put the pockets on but keep going to put my hands into some - so next time I might make with the pockets. No I didn't shorten it at all. I'm only about 158cm, and it sits just below the knee.

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  19. Maider.... MasustakJuly 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Your Mitte turned out soooo cool! Love it in dark colours!

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  20. Just adorable! And, I love the tops and blouses you paired the skirt with. Great style!

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  21. Great fabric. We love a simple whip-up make.

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  22. I think this is my favorite Miette yet! I am slowly coming around to this pattern, once my stashbusting is over I may get it :) And I love the contrasting serger thread with the denim- I am going to remember that for when I am making jeans- you may have started a trend!

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  23. Thanks Kelly! You are going to make jeans!! wow!

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  24. Thanks! Surprisingly it goes with so much in my wardrobe :)

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