Hi guys,
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!
In the meantime you can keep up with everything that I am up to over on my Instagram and my blog.
Happy sewing, 
Kathy x