Hi Everyone, 
I’m in love with this month’s make. It was a rushed one, but I’m so happy with it. I have been wanting a cute leopard print skirt for ages, and I think a few sewing bloggers beat me to the post. I knew I wanted a simple, flowy skirt that’s easy to wear through Spring & Summer, and The Dominique Skirt by Tilly and the Buttons was the one!
Typical me wanted to change it up slightly. The flowy, tie-waisted Dominique skirt was my chosen pattern, but I thought an additional button placket would look so pretty down the front. So I traced out my skirt pieces, and on the two fronts I added a placket of about 5cm on one, and a 2.5cm one on the other, so they’d overlap after folding back and still be in the middle, make sense?
The fabric I used was a Leopard Print Crepe. It’s super floaty and lightweight but with that nice crepe texture. It was a little slippy to sew with, so lots of pins and a sharps needle are useful. I made up the skirt as usual, but just created my button plackets instead of joining the centre front seam. I almost created a fake button front, as the waist band top is actually joined and elasticated in the usual way. The nice thing about the buttons though is you can create a short or long slit up the front, to your liking. The only time consuming bit was hand sewing all my tiny vintage buttons on!
I made this skirt quite quickly one afternoon in the studio. I had a flight to Amsterdam the next morning, and really wanted to take this skirt with me. All the photos here were taken outside a beautiful traditional dutch canal house. I loved wearing all black with it so the leopard was really bold, but I’ve since worn it with bright colours too and it’s so fun to wear. 
So my summary; everyone needs a little bit of leopard print in their lives and a drapey, summery skirt is a great way of making something really easy to wear all year round. I’d definitely recommend the Dominique pattern for anyone, even if you’ve never made any item of clothing before (just make it in a simple cotton for your first go). 
I hope you like what I made for this months post. I’ll definitely be wearing this a lot this summer (and winter for that matter). 
Happy Handmade everyone!
Sophia x 
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