A Winter Floral Sew Over It Tulip Skirt.
Posted on Monday the 3rd December 2018 by Sew Dainty
Can you believe that December is already here?
This month, although tempted to make something Festive or party appropriate, I have chosen to make a skirt that I can reach for time and time again throughout the colder months. I love a Winter skirt worn with thick tights and a snuggly jumper and The Tulip Skirt from Sew Over It is just perfect.
The pattern is a PDF download that I have had in my collection for ages. I have only made it once, a long time ago, and to be honest I wasn't very happy with how it turned out back then. I have since seen lots of lovely versions and decided to use this opportunity on the Blogger Network to give it another go, as the tulip silhouette is my absolute favourite!
I chose to make it using this super floral stretch Cotton Twill Fabric
. It's really pretty and features pink and blue flowers set against a navy blue background. You do need to take into consideration that it is a stretch fabric and whilst I made my usual size in this skirt, because of the stretch in the fabric, I probably would have been better to size down, as it feels a little bit roomy on my waist (all the more room for mince pies)!
The pattern calls for 1.8 metres of fabric, but I found that with a bit of juggling, I could get it out of 1.5 metres.
So the design of the skirt has four pleats at the front and four darts at the back of the skirt. It has a waistband and is fastened/unfastened with an invisible zip. Also it has pockets - hooray!
As is often the case for me, the pocket placement was too low. I had to raise it by a hefty 8cm for it to be in the correct position for me. I also decided to use a different fabric (from my stash) for my pocket bags as I felt that the twill was going to be too bulky. I chose a pretty floral cotton fabric for the pockets and they are much better in this light weight fabric. If I were being really picky I would say that they were not really deep enough for me either, so next time I make this skirt I will increase the pocket size.
Because this skirt will be worn mostly with tights, I decided to line it (again using fabric from my stash). Sew Over It have a great tutorial
over on YouTube which I found really helpful. When hemming the skirt I simply cut the lining to sit approx 2-3 cm shorter than the skirt, and overlocked it to finish it. I love using a colourful contrasting lining for skirts as that little pop of colour and luxury makes me very happy.
It's a fairly short skirt. I hemmed it by 3.5 cm and it sits above my knee ( I am 5'2"). Something you might like to take into consideration if you are any taller than me.
I am very happy with how this pretty little skirt turned out. It is certainly a pattern which can be dressed up or down and whilst I see me wearing this at home with a jumper or cardigan, it could also be very smart in a different fabric.
Thank you so much to Minerva Crafts for the supplies that I used for this skirt. I'll be back here again next month talking about a lovely dress pattern, so I will see you all in the New Year!
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