Orange Denim Ness Skirt
Posted on Friday the 8th March 2019 by Jessalli Handmade
I’m so in love with this months make. I finally got round to making a Tilly and the Buttons Ness Skirt
. I’ve been wanting a well fitted denim skirt for ages, and this was the perfect pattern.
The pattern is relatively straight forward (I definitely found it easy after making those jeans last month!). It’s marketed for confident beginners, and I’d say that was dead on. If you’ve made a few patterns before and have, for example, already done a zip and pockets, you’ll be fine with this skirt. I only made one little adjustment to the hip measurement and that was it, and it fits me perfectly.
I took to Pinterest again for inspiration before making. I don’t actually own a proper little denim skirt so I was excited to make this. The rust, pink and orange tones seem to be very popular at the moment. And as I’ve been making loads of black and grey clothing lately, I thought, the bolder the better, bright orange it is! The fabric is a light weight Robert Kaufman Denim
, so perfect for layering in this transition weather. It’s great to sew with to, and I didn’t need a denim needle.
The instructions, like all of Tilly’s patterns, are clear and concise. There wasn’t one part that I thought ‘huh?’ so that was a good sign. I actually can’t think of anything that would be a useful tip for you, other than the fit. Basically I have bigger hips than my waist sizing, so I made the pattern adjustments, but actually getting it on was a wiggle-in scenario. The smaller waist sizing had to go over my slightly larger hips, so if you were maybe two sizes bigger on the hips than your waist, maybe use a longer zip and make a longer fly. Just to make dressing a little easier.
I used some funky patterned fabric for my pocket bags, but wished I did it the ‘wrong way around’ so I can see the pattern when dressing. As it’s a fitted shape, I don’t get to see the cool pattern in my pockets haha. But apart from that I love this skirt so much and have had so many compliments on it already.
So my summary; coloured denim is a great fabric to jazz up a basic shape. If you’re worried about making jeans for the first time, maybe this could be an entry project before the jump. It’s easy to follow and you’ll get to learn how to make that fly, without the worry of fitting the legs and bum.
I hope you like what I made this month. I’ve already cut another Ness Skirt out as I love this one so much. I know I’ll be wearing it all Spring and Summer.
Happy Handmade everyone!